Free Shepherd Seminar 1: Shepherd’s Chat with John Fichtner

John Fichtner

Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Dining Hall

John will discuss and answer questions about the environmentally restorative benefits of raising sheep. He has been a hill shepherd since 1980. The talk will take advantage of John’s 40 years’ experience teaching Forestry at the Roane-Jackson Tech Center in West Virginia.

John is a West Virginia Master Naturalist and promotes a regenerative approach to allow shepherding to raise animals in concert with environmental balance. The discussion will attempt to share insight, common sense, and production hints that John has absorbed during his long professional tenure as well as his personal shepherding pursuits. John raises Scottish Blackface and Cheviots and employs border collies.

2020 Catalog Cover Artist

Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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Attention please! We ended up with a small quantity of 2020 merchandise left over from our virtual festival order. This includes short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, sling bags, backpacks, posters, note cards and enamel pins. Sorry, no mugs, and not all sizes are available in the shirts and sweatshirts.

You can view these items at, but because of the limited quantities you CANNOT ORDER THEM ONLINE. All items will be sold by telephone order ONLY on a first come, first served basis. Orders will be accepted by Sheepman Supply at 301-662-4197 Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. I repeat, orders will be accepted by TELEPHONE ONLY at 301-662-4197 Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

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