Blackberries & Pie

the curse and blessing of blackberries

Do Soay sheep really prefer weeds to grass?  Photographic evidence

Do Soay sheep really prefer weeds to grass? Photographic evidence

Ever since we got our first Soay sheep nearly seven years ago, we have bragged to our friends, and frequently boasted online as well, about how great they are for cleaning up neglected pastures and keeping grass pastures healthy.  Everything we learned online in the early days reinforced our notion that our sheep were in […]

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Blackberry Pie — an update just in time for Thanksgiving

No sooner had the post about making pies from the blackberry thickets our Soay sheep have not yet eradicated hit the web than I received an e-mail from my college roommate (class of 1969, in the interests of full disclosure) alerting me to a terrific website created and run by one of our other classmates.  Life intervened, as […]

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Weed-free pasture or blackberry pie? You can have both!

Weed-free pasture or blackberry pie? You can have both!

For eleven months of the year, I watch with glee as our sheep search and destroy the wild Himalayan blackberry vines that are the curse of fields and streams here in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Each year we are amazed at our animals’ ability to forestall the re-infestation of our fenced pastures.  Nary has […]

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