About Blind Buck Farm and Our Natural Fiber Farm Products
Blind Buck Farm is a sustainable farm in Salem, New York, established in 2010, owned and managed by Lubna Dabbagh. The farm raises fiber animals, poultry and eggs, and produce. Currently we have 25 purebred Angora goats, 30 Merino sheep, 1 Llama, and 2 Alpacas. We are also very pleased that in 2014, we acquired a flock of 4 Leicester Longwood sheep, a severely endangered species. Today our flock has grown to 14 Leicesters.
By keeping our own flocks, we can guarantee that all of our fiber is natural. Our yarns are spun by local mills, too. All of our animals are raised on pasture, enriched with organic materials.
Our specialty is blending fine fibers in unique combinations. In addition, we blend our fibers with other natural fibers from local farms. We dye our own yarn right on the farm, using only heavy metal-free non-toxic dyes. Many of our colors are inspired by our farm.
A Little Bit About Me
It has been my lifelong dream to “return to the land”. I was raised in New York City, and traveled the world with my father who was a diplomat. I have some agricultural background from numerous visits throughout my life to my grandfather’s farm in Egypt. These visits are a vivid part of my childhood and adult memories. Being an avid knitter, in 2010, I came to visit Washington County and fell in love with it. By September, I had bought a farm in Salem! Today, Blind Buck Farm is composed of 3 properties, totaling 24 acres. I am very proud that I have been able to contribute to the preservation of a rare and endangered species of sheep. I must confess, I find farm life a lot of fun, too. Seeing a new born being gently nudged by its mother to take its first wobbly steps; visiting the chicken coop to collect fresh eggs, and seeing the vegetable garden grow everyday. Dyeing my own yarn also indulges my love of color.
I feel that it is unfortunate, even sad, that such experiences have become rare pleasures. If I can make my own small contribution to bringing traditional knowledge full circle by connecting people with natural fiber, plants and animals I will consider myself blessed indeed.