The Rural Woman Podcast Episode 49 – Raising Gotland Sheep with Kim Goodling

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll hear from Kim Goodling. Kim is shepherd to a flock of Gotland sheep on a hillside farm in Vermont. Kim and her husband began homesteading many years ago as a way to provide healthy food for their family,  live a self sufficient lifestyle, and participate in Vermont’s rich agricultural heritage.

Kim Goodling | Bio

Kim is shepherd to a flock of Gotland sheep on a hillside farm in Vermont. Kim and her husband began homesteading many years ago as a way to provide healthy food for their family,  live a self sufficient lifestyle, and participate in Vermont’s rich agricultural heritage.

Sheep entered Kim’s life in the middle of a mid life crisis moment, one of those moments when you realize half your life is over and you want to live a full life of no regrets. Soon after that, a flock of Romney sheep made their way into their lives. She and her husband moved to Grand View Farm and began their farm business focusing on selling breeding stock and yarn,  teaching fiber art classes, and offering farmstay vacations.  As a homeschooling family, the farm provided many opportunities for their children to learn about life. Ten years into shepherding Kim was introduced to Gotland sheep through a book called Pure Wool by Sue Blacker. Upon reading about the breed, Kim knew that Gotland sheep would be in her future.

Since then, she and her husband have traveled to Gotland, Sweden twice to learn about the breed from Swedish shepherds and to take others interested in this amazing breed and island. Kim continues teaching through her extensive blog, Living With Gotlands, and has now started an online school offering free training and courses on profitable shepherding and shepherd mentoring. 

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