About Our Journey

Welcome to Willow Creek Farm!  I am Kat, and my husband Daniel and I own and operate Willow Creek Farm and Willow Creek Fiber Mill.  We have 5 kids who are very involved in the farm and business as well.

We have been homesteading to provide food for our family for over 15 years now.  We started out in the high-altitude Rockies and worked hard to learn how to homestead in that cold, sometimes harsh climate.  Over the years we have raised and bred dairy cows, dairy goats, milk sheep, wool sheep, chickens, ducks, and meat rabbits, plus the Livestock Guardian dogs needed to guard them.  We also have had extensive vegetable and berry gardens and fruit trees.  Our goal has been to feed our family off our land as much as possible, while selectively breeding high-quality livestock suited to its purpose.

We opened Willow Creek Fiber Mill in 2017, where we offer custom-processing of wool, alpaca, and exotic fibers into roving, batting, and yarn.

In the spring of 2021 we moved from the high-altitude Rockies to the High Plains of eastern Colorado.  The farm is much bigger now and we have more opportunities to expand.  We are working through regenerative farming methods to bring life back to the land at the new farm.

Our main livestock focus over the years has become sheep.  We now breed and sell dairy sheep and specialty wool sheep, as well as their fiber and fiber-products.  We plan to add a small flock of meat sheep to the farm in 2022.  We also breed and raise chickens and Muscovy ducks.  And keep a couple of dairy goats for our family milk needs.  We continue to garden fruits and vegetables and preserve our harvest through root cellaring, canning, freezing, and dehydrating.  We use many different methods to extend our growing season and our goal is small-scale year-round gardening.

We love sharing what we do and love, and teaching others to homestead.  I write for Mother Earth News, and have also been published in a few other homesteading/livestock publications.  We are planning to add on-farm workshops in 2022 to help share our knowledge and this awesome life with others.

If you have any questions or comments you can contact us at willowcreekfarm12@gmail.com

24 thoughts on “About Our Journey

  1. In asking for great homesteading sites I was given the name of your blog from one of your followers. One of my blog followers suggested I write a post that lists other homesteading sites in various areas, saying it would be helpful to readers to check out homesteading blogs in their own area as well, and I agree!! So I am about to publish a post on my own blog listing other homesteading blog pages for all regions, and I’d like to include your page. Would that be OK? If so, can you give me just a line or two that would best describe your location and blog topics?

    Thanks!

    ~Taylor-Made Homestead~
    Texas

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    • That is wonderful! Thanks for including us. Here is a brief summary:

      Willow Creek Farm is a small, backyard homestead located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where we raise and grow healthy food for our family while dealing with a short-season, high-altitude, rocky, and cold climate. Topics include high-altitude homesteading; raising sheep for wool, meat, and milk; chickens for meat and eggs; rabbits for wool and meat; dairy cows; multi-purpose backyard farm collies; growing, harvesting, and preserving fruits and vegetables; hunting and foraging in the Rockies; and more.

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  2. Pingback: High-Altitude Cold-Climate Gardening Series Part 1 | Just another Day on the Farm

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