S: White Fireweed Farm
BC: 6400 Baseline Fairbanks,Ak 99712 907 490 4464 | Photos by Mariska Wright, BTH Photography, Becky Hammond
FC: White Fireweed Farm Freest Fancy Creations Tim and Becky Hammond Come on in and Meet the Crew
1: White Fireweed Farm is located about 30 miles east of Fairbanks, Alaska, in an area known as Two Rivers. We run a herd of angora goats, a few sheep, highland cows, poultry, and honey bees on 80 acres of hay, pasture, and timber. We also share the farm with 8 dogs, 4 cats (many are rescues) and an African gray parrot. We cherish quality of life for all who share our land and we are passionate about “taking it from beginning to end,” turning what we harvest into finished products.
2: I have always loved the rare white fireweed and when we were looking to purchase land we found a patch of it growing. It was a sign that this was the land for us. Since we have a passion for raising the rare and unusual, the name is fitting. | Why White Fireweed Farm?
3: Saul our Maremma Livestock Guardian Dog (basically an Italian Pyrenees) is an essential part of our predator friendly commitment. He has saved our livestock from wolves, bear, foxes, ravens etc. His first line of defense is barking and intimidation and will only attack if necessary.
4: Our Angora Goats We maintain a small herd of around 15 animals. | The luxury fiber they produce is called mohair.
5: The Bucks | Peter Registered Black | Rowan Registered White | Contender Registered Black | Abel Registered Fading Red
6: Foundation Does | Violet Registered Black | Rosebud Registered Red/Brown | Ella Registered Blue Eyed Color Factor White | Sylvia Registered Silver
7: Retained Does Born on the Farm | Bluebell Registered Blue Marble Eyed Black | Shaun Brown Registered Red/Brown | Opal Registered Grey | Hope Registered Black
8: (: Kids are Born :) | Baby Hope, our first doe born on the farm, named for the hopes of a long line of awesome goats.
9: Although they are curly at birth, they are not born with mohair; it comes in later.
10: The first shearing is the softest. It is also their lowest yield.
11: Lolly She started it all
12: Love is in the Air
13: Angoras are an ancient breed, dating back to 1500 BC
14: The breed originated in Ankara, Turkey. Thus, the name Angora. | Mohair is one of the oldest textile fibers.
15: The name mohair comes from a morph of the Arabic word for "goat hair".
16: Mohair is called the diamond fiber for its luster and strength.
17: Sheep Sheep | Our only sheep until recently, we believe her to be a Shetland/Finn cross. She was adopted from the animal shelter..
18: Merino Sheep This breed produces the softest wool. | Irma White Ewe | Rombauer Black Ram | They arrived on the farm March 2012
19: Sheep are shorn yearly in the spring. | Awe, sooo much better!
20: Our Poultry We raise exhibition poultry for eggs, meat, feathers, insect control, preservation of the breeds and their beauty. | Rosecomb Rhode Island Red A deep mahagony color | Welsummer Lays deep brown eggs Sex-linked | Bantam Black Sumatra Beetle Green Sheen
21: Barred Plymouth Rock Notice the straight barring | Bantam Creole Old English Game Red and Gray Cuckoo Barring | Sepastopol Geese Frizzle Feathered
22: Back to Basics | First and foremost, they are lovingly cared for. | It starts out like this on the goat. | 1-2 times a year they are sheared. | After skirting (removing the unwanted fibers), it is washed in 3-4 hot soaking baths. It is extremely important the temperature remains consistent. | 1. | 2. | 3. | 4.
23: 5. | 6. | 7. | 8. | 9. | Time to Create | viola! Gorgeous Yarn | It is then spun into yarn. For a typical 2-ply yarn 2 bobbins are spun and then they are plyed together in the opposite direction. This provides strength and balance. | The fibers may be dyed before or after they are spun into yarn. | Once dry, the fibers are prepared for spinning. Hand carding is often used to align the fibers for a more uniform yarn.
24: Freest Fancy Creations Products handmade utilizing the gifts of our animals and land. Each piece is as unique as the spirit of every living organism.
25: Ornaments are made from our wool, mohair, feathers and wood.
26: Made from oh so soft mohair. Fibers are sheared, handwashed, hand-dyed, handspun and handknitted and crocheted.
27: Mohair has sheen, softness, warmth, strength and a wonderful fuzzy halo.
28: These pieces are spun from the lock to maintain the rustic luxury characteristic of uncombed mohair.
29: Handspun wool hats made from Sheep Sheep's wool
30: These pieces are made from millspun yarn, 80% mohair and 20% Sheep Sheep's wool
32: Around the Farm | Ruby, our Scottish Highland Cow
39: Springtime in Alaska
40: Socializing | Exhibiting
41: I've been married to my dear husband since 1995. Unfortunately, we were not blessed with human children so our animals are our kids. Animals and art have always been my passion so it is only natural that I chose to combine them in my creations. Each piece is a journey and comes from the heart.