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Wool & Honey



a family farm nestled in the Catskills of New York State



Farm History

Current Activities







Sheepy Valley Farm  was established in 1979. My family was interested in finding a small homestead with a barn and land for grazing and gardening  and found a small farm located about 12 miles west of Walton, New York (itself about 140 miles northwest of New York City.)

We have raised not just sheep--but  have had dairy cows, beef cattle, horses, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, rabbits, turkeys, and one cranky mule.

The  sheep became our focus  so that they could graze the farm's overgrown pastures.

We found they made good show animals for the  kids in 4-H, and that led to learning about the uses of wool.

In the summer of 2006, I  moved from Walton to a larger farm located in the small hamlet of Medusa in the town of Rensselaerville.  I'm  located at the southern edge of Albany County, New York, bordering on Greene County in the northern Catskills. The house and land has been in my family for nearly 75 years, and now it's the home of Sheepy Valley.  It's wonderful to see my own sheep in pastures of the farm I used to visit as a young girl, when my aunt and uncle lived on this very same farm! 

I'm excited about the new home, and through this  website can tell you about it, and offer some of many  fine wool and honey products. Order some, or send me  a note--I'd love to hear from you.

--Kate Henderson.


While sheep are not the only animals currently living at Sheepy Valley, it's the wooly ones that keep me busy. We have 48 sheep, including three rams which we breed with our ewes each fall.  Lambs are born the following spring. The remainder of our flock are yearling ewes (too young to breed), and several wethers (neutered rams) that we keep for their beautiful  wool.








We also raise honey bees. There are currently three hives, safely protected by an electric fence from bears. (One ransacked our hives a couple springs ago: we learned our lesson!)

We harvest honey each fall from the hives, and also use the beeswax to make candles.

In addition to the sheep, we raise chickens for eggs and meat and we grow some of our own vegetables in our fertile garden. Our farm also provides firewood and christmas trees.

Winter at Sheepy Valley








We'll keep you posted as things change here at Sheepy Valley--check our home page for the latest news.


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