Those of you that have been to one of our Shearing Day Celebrations have met Emily Chamelin, our shearer and great friend. Emily is one of the people I admire most in the whole world! Here’s why:

When she was just a 15-year-old girl with a small flock of 4-H sheep, she signed up for a sheep shearing workshop. On the day of the workshop, the instructor marched up to Emily and told her that she was to small to ever shear a sheep, that she should go on home. Most 15-year-olds would have burst in to tears and left. I know I would have at 15!

 Not Emily. She refused to give up. She stayed put and learned how to shear sheep right alongside the grown men in her class.

Today, Emily makes her living shearing sheep.

Emily’s customers hire her season after season, because she is careful. She takes her time when shearing to prevent second cuts and to protect the animals.

Emily is the only shearer who I allow to touch the sheep and goats at Juniper Moon Farm.

In addition to being a kick-ass sheep shearer, Emily is a single mom to Lydia, who is as well-mannered as she is hilarious. Lydia and Joel are such great friends that Emily made a special trip to Baltimore for Joel’s first gallery show.

As I said, Emily Chamelin is one of the women I respect and admire most in the world.

And now Emily has given us even more reason to be crazy proud of her! Emily won the U.S. Blade Shearing Competition back in May and is heading to New Zealand for the 2012 Golden Shears Competition to represent the United States. The Golden Shears is the Olympics of Sheep Shearing, y’all!

The trip to New Zealand for the competition is madly expensive. But, since I think it’s really important that Emily have the chance to compete for the USA, Juniper Moon Farm is donating half the cost of her plane ticket, in honor of all the women in the world who have ever been told that they are too small, too weak, too female to do anything.  Emily is exactly the kind of role model young girls need and we are bursting with pride to be her sponsor! As far as we’re concerned, she’s already won.

We wanted to do a bit more to help Emily fund her trip, so Caroline, Zac and I have come up with an awesome way for you to support our shearer and get a special ‘Thank You’ from us.

With our Gocco Silk Screen Printer, we made fine art prints from  the design custom-made just for Juniper Moon Farm by CaryCanary. Each print is inked and pulled by hand by Zac, Caroline and myself and they are all individually numbered. *

We’re calling this print, “Where sheep may safely graze”. Isn’t it lovely? That’s me with my dogs, sheep, bees and chickens.

Each print is 5 1/2 ” x 7 1/2″ and is suitable for framing. It’s just a small thank you for helping to support a very special young woman’s dreams.  You can make a $10 contribution to Emily’s trip here and order your  copy of “Where sheep may safely graze”.

Finally, if you’d like to leave some encouraging words for Emily here, I’ll make sure she gets them.

*About Goccoing: This was insanely fun and the results are absolutely stunning. You will definitely be seeing more screen printed goodies in our shop because we want to print on EVERYTHING now!