WE Tierra Shetlands and Wool Products
WE Tierra - Named for Walt and Esther James' land - parents of Farmers Lee and Wayne James.
Shetland sheep have been growing wool since the time of the Vikings but our Shetlands have been growing for us only since 1988. However that date gives WE Tierra the distinction of being the 2nd oldest flock in the country. The first importation from the Shetland Isles was to Canada, from there to the Doans in Vermont, and from there to us, it has been a wonderful trip for many reasons.
Tierra Shetlands are intelligent, affectionate, small and easy to handle, look so beautiful out on the pasture AND give us excellent quality wool in shades of white, gray, black and brown. Using natural and vegetable resources including lichen, onion and shallot skins Lee often dyes some of the skeins to create unique colors.
Up until 2005, most of the sheep lived on the James' ranch near Salem, Oregon, with a fluctuating population of around 60. Lee James of Tierra Vegetables also has a small flock in Healdsburg, California.
The elders James' relocated to Sonoma County. Most of their sheep were sold to neighbors but many live with Lee James of Tierra Vegetables in Healdsburg, California. who is carrying on the family legacy.