Back in 2009, I was lucky enough to be in a position to giveaway a flock of Angora Goats. It was- without question- one of the highlights of my life as a shepherd.
When I had the idea for a Flock Giveaway, I thought that we might get 5 or 6 applicants. Nothing in the world could have prepared me for the more than 60 essays we received! Or the overwhelming number of people who came to the website to vote for the finalists. The traffic was so crazy high that the whole website got really shaky and crashed a couple of times. It was madness!
The winner back then was Kristen Judkins, an absolutely lovely person who I am proud to now call a friend. Kristen has become a kick-ass shepherd in her own right and you can read all about her adventures on her blog, Gilead Goats.
Our first flock giveaway was such a hit that we did it again last year, giving away two flocks of Cormos and one flock of Angora goats. Once again, the flock giveaway brought some really wonderful people into our lives, Leslie, Mariah and RJ.
Once again I find myself in the position of being overwhelmed with gratitude and the desire to pay it forward. Once again, I find myself with enough sheep and goats to start another farm. So, once again, we are giving away a flock of sheep. Actually, we’re giving away two flocks.
Here’s how it works:
Anyone interested in entering this giveaway will need make a SHORT video- 3 minutes or less- telling me why you’d like to have a small flock of sheep. You can use your three minutes to show me around your property, introduce me to your family, whatever you want but mostly I want to hear why you’d like to be a shepherd. Have you always wanted sheep or goats of your own? Do you yearn to set up your spinning wheel in the pasture amongst the goats? Tell me all about it.
Your video doesn’t need to be technically proficient or professional- it’s your heart I want to see, not your aptitude with Final Cut Pro. iPhone videos are A-OK. Shepherds have to be resourceful and I know you can find a way to make a video.
Once you’ve made your video and posted in on YouTube or Vimeo, email it’s link to susie AT fiberfarm DOT com with Flock Giveaway Video in the subject line. Please be sure that your video is “embed” -able, so that we can post it on the website. All videos must be received by midnight, April 18, 2012. Videos received afterwards will not be screened or considered. When the videos are ready to be posted here on the blog, we’ll let you know when the voting period will begin and end.
All videos will be screened by the Juniper Moon Farm staff. If I think you have the acreage, dedication and heart to care for these animals, I will post your video here on the blog. Then all of our readers will have the chance to vote of which essay they like best. Once y’all have narrowed the field to the top four, we might even invite the finalists to come to the farm for a weekend to get to know them better. I will personally select the winners.
The final decision on the winners will be made by me and my decision is final and non-negotiable. I reserve the right to select no winners if I am not comfortable with any of the candidates or if it just doesn’t feel right. These animals are precious, sentient beings.I am responsible for them and I will never let them go to a new home that I am not completely comfortable with.
All videos become property of Juniper Moon Farm and can be used in promotion of the farm, the website or in any way we see fit.
If you know anyone who has shepherding dreams, please let them know about this giveaway. We want to cast the net as wide as possible, so your tweets, facebook postings and blog posting are much appreciated!