The Sheep Are Now Grazing the Little Italy Churchyard
It’s an annual Little Italy tradition. Importing sheep with the sole purpose of tending to the churchyard at the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Think of it as nature’s landscaping crew (“lambscaping”?).
The New York Times had the story last week, and reported that three ewes made the 110-mile trek from Sara Healy’s tiny farm in Elizaville, New York. Here in the concrete jungle they will spend the next six weeks. Mowing with mouths, so to speak, while keeping the cemetary spick-and-span.
Their native pasture is a place upstate called Buckwheat Bridge Farm.
Buckwheat Bridge Angoras is a small, family owned and operated farm located in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. We raise Angora goats and Cormo sheep. The fiber from these animals is processed on the farm using SOLAR and WIND POWER in a cottage industry size mill. The ONLY animal fiber we use for our products is from OUR OWN animals. We practice sustainable agriculture and provide our animals with pastures to graze. Our feed is grown and harvested locally(within 5 miles of our farm).
Livestock at St. Patrick’s actually began four years ago, according to the paper, “because of a vacancy on the church staff” to cut the lawn.
As in the past, the church will assign names to the trio. Other sheep that previously held court here were named Elizabeth, Mott, Mulberry (year 1); Faith, Hope, and Charity (year 2); and Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh (last year).