In 1999 the Sisters of St. Mary were asked to include animal husbandry as part of their novitiate program for young women from the Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi. From 2000 to 2003 the sisters raised dairy goats,
producing milk and cheese. The African sisters currently
raise sheep and goats for meat on their 9-acre farm, and
chickens for meat and eggs.
In 2003 the American sisters moved from metropolitan New York upstate to a rural, agricultural area and made the decision to continue their micro-farm enterprise in solidarity with their African sisters' farm which raises food for their ministry to local orphans. Our convent in Greenwich, NY, was completed by 2004 and a barn for small ruminants was built in 2005.
In 2004 we were given a start-up herd of
cashmere goats and made the transition
from dairy to fiber production, raising award-winning goats and producing cashmere roving and yarns. We keep
a small organic garden for our own food
production, and process vegetables, berries and fruit in the late summer. We
kept bees for a few years, and have raised
chickens and sheep. In the summer we raise Hereford steers as "sustainable pasture management" and for meat. Our hand-spinners and other fiber crafters create yarn and a variety of
products for sale in our small shop.
work and ministry
America and central Africa.
The sisters' primary work is prayer with the
farm providing labor for hands
The fiber work draws the
in a common
enterprise -- part of
ethos. Stewardship of the
animal husbandry are seen as
of a larger life lived to the glory of
The sisters offer cashmere goats for sale in the fall. For more information about goats available as breeding stock or companion animals, click the links below.
Adult breeding does for sale.
2012 cashmere buck kids for sale.
2012 cashmere doe kids for sale.
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