Curlee Acres   

Hello and welcome to Curlee Acres – a tiny farm near Centuria, Wisconsin.

Curlee Acres has a little slice of everything country: hills, pasture, maple trees, garden space, chickens, and … lots and lots of chores! 

Shortly after arriving to our country space in 1999, we set up a sheep shed and fencing. Our first lambs were born on a cold, stormy day in the middle of winter. We sure had a steep learning curve! Soon we re-routed our sheep interests to the smaller, sturdier Shetlands. I know I was also influenced by their Scottish heritage. Having a few sheep was an excellent family hobby and we loved the excitement of spring lambs. Another family project was making maple syrup. Our oldest son has continued the tradition and we sell that deliciousness in the Shop.

As our children grew older, I found I had more time for my love of knitting, and furthermore, knitting with the soft, natural colors from our sheep.  I’m enthralled with their variety of natural colors and how well they blend and pop for color work. Shetlands grow either a longer, more durable, double coated fleece or a shorter, finer fleece – offering a wool for any purpose. A few years ago, we began to focus on the finer fleece Shetlands for their soft, next-to-skin, luscious wool. The amount of yarn produced is far beyond what I can use, so initiating a small wool business keeps us (and our customers) happy. No waste is important to me so wool not suitable for wearables, is used for rugs or felting; the extra dirty wool makes excellent garden mulch.

Our herd has grown to eighteen sheep, and the pastureland expanded to accommodate them. We strive to follow earth-nurturing practices for improved soil health and carbon storage. The learning curve continues! 

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Andrea and Mike with the 2021 premie twins, Odie and Ollie.

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Winston and Willow with their overprotective mama, Violet!

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2022 lamb names start with Tw or W for the year twenty-TWO.

Here, Claire and Andrea are

holding twins

Twain, the little dickens,

and Twillum, the big lover.

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2021 By The Numbers

  • 13 lambs born

  • 82 pounds of wool processed

  • 24.8 average micron count 

  • Vendor at 3 fiber festivals

  • Three Rivers Fibershed steward and board member (WI Regional Outreach Coordinator)

  • 1 solar battery and 3 - 164 foot - electric netting rolls purchased for rotational grazing

  • 70 consecutive days of no rain          (May 21 - July 30)

  • 2 lambs sold to a traveling petting zoo (Ohana and Offy)

  • 330 bales of hay consumed

  • 2 hat patterns produced

  • 8 herding lessons attended

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2020 By The Numbers

  • 14 lambs born

  • 22 pounds of wool processed

  • 25.9 average micron count 

  • Vendor at 1 live fiber event (in February)

  • Participant at 4 virtual fiber events

  • 9 gates installed

  • 1 border collie puppy adopted

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