We have several different critters here on the farm including; Sheep, Goats,  Chickens, Ducks and soon we hope to be adding Geese and Pigs!

Shetland Sheep

Classified as 'Primitive' short tailed sheep, Shetland have remained unchanged as a breed since the Bronze Age (Thats 3,000 BCE!)

It is thanks to the Norse Vikings that this breed became so widespread, taking small flocks with them when they went exploring and leaving them to thrive where they were left.

Sheep Shearing Observation Class

Every year about Mother's Day Weekend we invite any and all people interested to come and observe our sheep being shorn. 

There is no charge for this though we do ask you please be calm & quiet as you observe.

(Right: Bob on Shearing day aka Spa day.  Our shearer handles all the sheep with gentleness and care. Despite some of the larger sheep's size the use of body mechanics and leverage keeps everyone involved from being injured and the sheep are not afraid of the clippers of being shorn. 

Farm History


Built & established in 1793 the farm was originally 400acres. We are not certain what livestock they raised originally but when the next owner purchased the farm for $1500.00 in 1809 they brought in sheep and cattle. Called Hillandale Farm, Deacon Joseph Ware and later his son, Judge John Ware, would drove herds of cattle through Townshend and all the way to Massachusetts.

The farm continued until 1944 when a changing world and growing government restrictions ended it.

Fast forward to 2018. The farm has been subdivided and sold off over the years. The historic 144 foot long, 40 foot wide barn has been deconstructed and sold piecemeal.  All that is left now is an 18 acre parcel with the original house and a three generation family with a dream.

We have been fortunate enough to return Sheep, goats and chickens to the farm and will be adding Geese, turkeys and pigs in the future.  The entire property is a designated Nature Sanctuary and we work in balance with nature to maintain a sustainable farm.

We offer Educational Workshops on every aspect of farming, wool processing, animal husbandry, natural dye making and everything else we do here on the farm so that others may also live the dream of self sustainability, independence and living in harmony with nature while doing so.

Unlike many farms whose meat production generates the majority of their revenue, we are a No Kill farm that welcomes visitors from 8 am to 6pm year round (holidays too!) Even when the shop is closed we have a "Pull in and Beep" policy, which means we are happy to come out and give you a tour, open the shop for you and offer a nice hot cup of tea and conversation.

Zero Waste

We are also a zero waste farm, meaning throughout the processing of the wool nothing goes to waste. Come learn more about hand processing of wool with us to find out more.

And....That's not all!

Nature Sanctuary

Cynefin Farm VT is also a Nature sanctuary. The 18 acres of the farm provide homes not only to our; Sheep, Goats, Chickens and Ducks, but also a sanctuary to the local wildlife including; Bears, Wolves, Coyotes, Mountain Lions, Deer, Moose, Porcupine, Racoons, Skunks, Opossum, Squirrels, COUNTLESS Bird species, Amphibians and more!