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Feb. 19, 2022

Ep. 1.8 Kristen Judkins

Ep. 1.8 Kristen Judkins

“So I went around on the farm tour and I went to check out all their barns and I spent like eight weeks almost every day going to visit somebody, talking about their sheep. Going from barn to barn I realized, ‘Oh, everybody does this really differently.’

Kristen Judkins didn’t expect to become a farmer, in fact, she’s not even sure she’s comfortable with the term, but she moved to Vermont and fell in love with fiber arts. Then the Great Goat Giveaway happened…well, she’ll tell that story.

As a solo farmer starting from scratch, she’s had a lot to figure out. Starting with goats and now raising sheep, Kristen has learned plenty from her neighbors, listened to shepherds all around the region, and experienced the full range of emotions that farming can bring. She balances farming with her other career and—one of my favorite topics—thinks that vacation is something all farmers need for their mental health.

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