TheSpicyLamb.com
The Spicy Lamb Farm
Celebrating the Abundance of Life with Local Food, Fiber, & Fun
Laura DeYoung Minnig
TheSpicyLamb.com
History
• The Garvey farm was part of Lot 37, which
was formerly Boston Township until it
became part of ...
TheSpicyLamb.com
• The house and original barn (lost in 2014) were
built in 1914 by Daniel Garvey who leased to a
tenant f...
TheSpicyLamb.com
• In 1920 Daniel sold the farm to Otto and Ida
Stahlberg. In 1922, they sold it to Frank and
Anastasia Ba...
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• In 1943, the farm was sold to the Jones family. At that time, the
farm comprised some 70 acres reaching...
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Jones Family
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• On June 22, 1977, the Cuyahoga Valley
National Park acquired the farm.
History
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• On August 31, 2007, we secured a 60- year
lease of the farm. We are currently
farming approximately 10 ...
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• On March 4, 2014, the barn was lost in a
fire.
History
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• On September 4, 2015, Phase 1 of the
new Barn was complete.
History
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Drive Time
 15-minute drive:
 44,193 residents
 2,748 businesses;
 30-minute drive:
 1,201,052 resid...
TheSpicyLamb.com
Products
• Meat
• Wool
• Breeding stock
• Land management grazing
• Agtourism
TheSpicyLamb.com
Drive Time
to The
Spicy
Lamb Farm
Number of
Households
Average
Household
Income
Percent
(20%)
Buying
Lamb...
TheSpicyLamb.com
Dorset wool production is a by-product
from the flock. Raw wool is sent to a
woolen mill and processed in...
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Breeding Stock
Demand for breeding stock for small
backyard flocks locally (a-seasonal
lambing sells)
W...
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Land Mgmt.
• Grazing off site for vegetation
management to reduce the cost of mowing
and environmental im...
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Agtourism
• Shearing &
Lambing Days
• Sheep Dog Demos
& Trials
TheSpicyLamb.com
Other Farm Products
• Spice gardens
• Duck
• Tall spindle
orchard
TheSpicyLamb.com
Education
• Undergraduate from Denison University in
Philosophy of the Arts
• Masters degree in Arts Mana...
TheSpicyLamb.com
• Discovered OSIA’s Ohio Sheep Day and
the Buckeye Symposium and American
Sheep Industry conferences and ...
TheSpicyLamb.com
• Followed my breed around the world
– Visited and sought out mentoring and
genetics from the best Dorset...
TheSpicyLamb.com
K Bar K Farm in Pennsylvania
Education
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Pollambi Farm in Armidale, Australia
Education
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Ohio Farm in Gore, New Zealand
Education
TheSpicyLamb.com
Glengarry Poll Dorsets Farms in Fielding and Apiti,
New Zealand
Education
TheSpicyLamb.com
Blackdown Flock at Great Garlandhayes Farm in
Devon, England.
Education
TheSpicyLamb.com
Visited Sheep Genetics at the New South
Wales Department of Primary Industries in
Australia
Education
TheSpicyLamb.com
Toured the Fielding Livestock Saleyards in
New Zealand, the largest sheep auction in
the southern hemisp...
TheSpicyLamb.com
Visited Water Peak Station, Queenstown,
New Zealand, a tourism destination
Education
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Took Lamb 509: Producing and Marketing
Quality Lamb Products at the Ohio State
University Department of ...
TheSpicyLamb.com
Became an NSIP Certified Ultrasound
Scanner trained through CUP Lab at Iowa
State University.
Education
TheSpicyLamb.com
Learned pregnancy scanning in Devon,
England .
Education
TheSpicyLamb.com
 Took necropsy training at Cornell University
Ruminant Center Sheep Farm
 Learned to conduct fecal egg ...
TheSpicyLamb.com
Learned about Flock Health and Ram
Soundness Examinations at MSU Vet
School
Education
TheSpicyLamb.com
• Next Steps:
– AI
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September 4, 2017
Ten year goals:
Quality Dorsets
Successful urban grazing and co-op program
Profits
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  1. 1. TheSpicyLamb.com The Spicy Lamb Farm Celebrating the Abundance of Life with Local Food, Fiber, & Fun Laura DeYoung Minnig
  2. 2. TheSpicyLamb.com History • The Garvey farm was part of Lot 37, which was formerly Boston Township until it became part of the Village of Peninsula in the 20th century.
  3. 3. TheSpicyLamb.com • The house and original barn (lost in 2014) were built in 1914 by Daniel Garvey who leased to a tenant farmer. Over the years, the property functioned as a farm with a farmhouse, barn, cultivated fields and pastures, an orchard, and a vineyard. History
  4. 4. TheSpicyLamb.com • In 1920 Daniel sold the farm to Otto and Ida Stahlberg. In 1922, they sold it to Frank and Anastasia Balinski who retained ownership until 1943. During this period it is likely that many of the landscape and agricultural improvements occurred. History
  5. 5. TheSpicyLamb.com • In 1943, the farm was sold to the Jones family. At that time, the farm comprised some 70 acres reaching all the way back to Boston Mills Road. They also lease other lands from the top of the hill and farmed all the way out to Olde 8 including what is now Camp Ledgewood. They raised dairy cows, pigs, chickens, rabbits, horses, ducks, and bees. They planted an orchard and vineyard. Fields were used for pasture and corn. In what the park now calls the borrow pit, they planted watermelons and cantaloupe. They also ran a farm stand at the corner of Olde 8 and Boston Mills. They built the corn crib and other outbuildings which no longer exist. They farmed for some thirty years and then sold to the Hales who subdivided the property in 1969 and sold 10 acres to Clairmont and Barbara Ross. History
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  15. 15. TheSpicyLamb.com • On June 22, 1977, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park acquired the farm. History
  16. 16. TheSpicyLamb.com • On August 31, 2007, we secured a 60- year lease of the farm. We are currently farming approximately 10 acres as pasture, orchard, and gardens. In addition, we are grazing the adjacent power line with temporary fencing assisting heading north towards Boston Mills Road. History
  17. 17. TheSpicyLamb.com • On March 4, 2014, the barn was lost in a fire. History
  18. 18. TheSpicyLamb.com • On September 4, 2015, Phase 1 of the new Barn was complete. History
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  20. 20. TheSpicyLamb.com Drive Time  15-minute drive:  44,193 residents  2,748 businesses;  30-minute drive:  1,201,052 residents  47,744 businesses  60-minute drive:  3,646,208 residents  136,085 businesses  2.6 million people visit the Village of Peninsula where the farm is located.
  21. 21. TheSpicyLamb.com Products • Meat • Wool • Breeding stock • Land management grazing • Agtourism
  22. 22. TheSpicyLamb.com Drive Time to The Spicy Lamb Farm Number of Households Average Household Income Percent (20%) Buying Lamb Percent (20%) of buying at Farmers Market Percent (10%) Buying Direct from Farmer 15 minutes 19,235 $97,356 3,846.8 769.36 384.68 30 minutes 548,473 $77,563 109,694.6 21,938.92 10,969.46 60 minutes 1,664,575 $73,195 332,915 66,583 33,291.5 Meat
  23. 23. TheSpicyLamb.com Dorset wool production is a by-product from the flock. Raw wool is sent to a woolen mill and processed into blankets, yarn, natural and coloured roving, some crafted into fiber products, sold directly off the farm, through the Farmers Market, and local retail such as the Yellow Creek Trading Company in Peninsula, Ohio. 2.94 people per household craft with nearly 25% using wool fibers Wool
  24. 24. TheSpicyLamb.com Breeding Stock Demand for breeding stock for small backyard flocks locally (a-seasonal lambing sells) Working on maternal traits NSIP
  25. 25. TheSpicyLamb.com Land Mgmt. • Grazing off site for vegetation management to reduce the cost of mowing and environmental impacts • Urban Shepherds 501c3
  26. 26. TheSpicyLamb.com Agtourism • Shearing & Lambing Days • Sheep Dog Demos & Trials
  27. 27. TheSpicyLamb.com Other Farm Products • Spice gardens • Duck • Tall spindle orchard
  28. 28. TheSpicyLamb.com Education • Undergraduate from Denison University in Philosophy of the Arts • Masters degree in Arts Management and doctoral program in Urban and Regional Planning with specialization in Ecotourism from The University of Akron • An early start in television followed by a career in environmental planning Just decided to take up farming
  29. 29. TheSpicyLamb.com • Discovered OSIA’s Ohio Sheep Day and the Buckeye Symposium and American Sheep Industry conferences and other webinars and lectures. Education
  30. 30. TheSpicyLamb.com • Followed my breed around the world – Visited and sought out mentoring and genetics from the best Dorset Farms in the world Education
  31. 31. TheSpicyLamb.com K Bar K Farm in Pennsylvania Education
  32. 32. TheSpicyLamb.com Pollambi Farm in Armidale, Australia Education
  33. 33. TheSpicyLamb.com Ohio Farm in Gore, New Zealand Education
  34. 34. TheSpicyLamb.com Glengarry Poll Dorsets Farms in Fielding and Apiti, New Zealand Education
  35. 35. TheSpicyLamb.com Blackdown Flock at Great Garlandhayes Farm in Devon, England. Education
  36. 36. TheSpicyLamb.com Visited Sheep Genetics at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries in Australia Education
  37. 37. TheSpicyLamb.com Toured the Fielding Livestock Saleyards in New Zealand, the largest sheep auction in the southern hemisphere if not the world. Education
  38. 38. TheSpicyLamb.com Visited Water Peak Station, Queenstown, New Zealand, a tourism destination Education
  39. 39. TheSpicyLamb.com Took Lamb 509: Producing and Marketing Quality Lamb Products at the Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences Education
  40. 40. TheSpicyLamb.com Became an NSIP Certified Ultrasound Scanner trained through CUP Lab at Iowa State University. Education
  41. 41. TheSpicyLamb.com Learned pregnancy scanning in Devon, England . Education
  42. 42. TheSpicyLamb.com  Took necropsy training at Cornell University Ruminant Center Sheep Farm  Learned to conduct fecal egg counts  Completed FAMACHA certification at Cornell. Education
  43. 43. TheSpicyLamb.com Learned about Flock Health and Ram Soundness Examinations at MSU Vet School Education
  44. 44. TheSpicyLamb.com • Next Steps: – AI
  45. 45. TheSpicyLamb.com September 4, 2017 Ten year goals: Quality Dorsets Successful urban grazing and co-op program Profits

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