Touchstone Farm is a small sheep farm nestled in the rolling foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains in Rappahannock County, about 65 miles southwest of Washington, DC. Their location is ideal for shepherding for several reasons. The gentle pastoral beauty of the area not only makes it a wonderful place to live, but the mild climate provides them with a lush growth of grass that lets us graze the sheep continually from March through December. They are also lucky to have a County government that is committed to maintaining the rural character of Rappahannock, keeping agriculture and tourism as the twin pillars of the local economy. Finally, their location allows them to cater to the sophisticated palates of Washington, DC and the growing demand for quality lamb in the mid-Atlantic region.
Founded in 1996, Touchstone farm remains very much a work in progress. From their initial base of 25 acres they now farm 110 acres, and they're slowly expanding until they reach their goal of having approximately 200 acres of pastures, hay fields, and forest under production. Their expansion policy is to increase production only so long as we can maintain their high quality standards and enjoy their work.
While sheep are the real income producers on the farm, they have a small flock of geese and other poultry that provide them with meat, eggs, and hours of amusement. The diplomatic and international community in Washington, DC have become good customers for their Christmas goose and they're slowly expanding their production to meet the demand.
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