meet herd supply
Herd Supply Co. is a woman-owned small business born out of a love of sheep.
This small-batch skincare and home goods project originally began with a one-sheep-at-a-time milking parlor and a home kitchen. Featuring sheep milk from Leah’s family flock, she made bar soap to display alongside the family farm’s produce at markets. Sheep milk is traditionally revered for being a seasonal, delicious, and easily digestible milk for cheese. With nearly double the fat of cow and goat milk, this also lends itself nicely to creating the Herd’s highly moisturizing cold process soap.
Although desire led Leah to create the first batches of soap, luck led her to wool. After discovering my family farm was composting the wool fleeces, she recovered it for processing into felted wool dryer balls. Now, wool is sourced from four small farms (three in Connecticut and one in Maine) and processed into stuffing, batting, and roving for use in dryer balls, pillows, and DIY crafts.
In 2021, thanks to the all-nurturing sheep, Herd Supply Co. launched its concentrated moisturizers with the lanolin salves. Lanolin – also called wool yolk, wool fat, wool wax, or wool grease – is the wax that separates from wool when it is scoured. It is extremely hydrating and closely resembles our skin’s protective barrier.
Leah and the sheep are working hard to bring you thoughtful, sustainable, and long-lasting products.
For 2022, Herd Supply is excited to partner with the Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) – the state’s only dedicated land trust – to donate three percent of online sales.
Connecticut has the second highest rate of farmland conversion after New Jersey, and the second highest cost of farmland after Rhode Island, meaning protecting the state’s family farms now is of critical importance.
Keeping farmland near population centers ensures that farming will be a viable career for those who want it. Access to farmers’ markets, restaurants, and grocery stores ensures that farmers will be able to care for their land and provide for their community. Additionally, protecting farmland near people lowers the number of food miles traveled – all good things that we should want for our own regions.
And finally, with an estimated one-third of farmland and ranchland expected to change hands in the next 15 years, protecting farmland now means access later.
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