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Mezzaluna Farmstead
Contact: Sarina Roscigno & Kevin (River) Neff
Address: 1706 Bulldog Rd Trade, TN, 37691
Email Address: mezzalunafarmstead@gmail.com
Phone: 423-341-9638
About Us
In 2016 we moved to a 12 acre property in Trade, Tennessee, to be closer to family and revive an old homestead in these beautiful mountains. On our rocky, steep acreage we began raising Icelandic sheep – a primitive breed that retains many old world characteristics that we find well suited to our land. Our sheep are an integral part of our farmstead, improving our neglected pasture, controlling invasive weeds like multiflora rose and knotweed, adding fertility and providing us with exceptional meat, wool and lots of laughs. Though their carcasses are smaller than most commercially raised sheep, Icelandic lamb has a much milder taste that is even enjoyed by those who "just don't like lamb". They produce a unique, dual-coated wool, which we hand-shear twice a year, and can be used for an array of woolen products. As we open up more pasture, we also harvest select trees for firewood, mushroom cultivation, smoking meats, bark baskets and hand-carved woodenware. (For more about our crafts, see our website.) We still have so much to learn, but we hope to build a farm that is both dynamic and resilient.
Practices
Lambs are born out on pasture in early April, and spend the season grazing alongside their mothers. Icelandic sheep are seasonal breeders with naturally short tails, so we do not castrate ram lambs or dock tails, nor do lambs receive antibiotics or vaccines. From May to October we give them nothing but mineral salt, Icelandic kelp meal, and water from our spring to round out the diverse grasses and “weeds” they forage on our mountainside. During the grazing season we move our flock every morning to new ground, and they do not return to the same spot for at least 30 days (our goal is 60 days of rest to break parasite life cycles). This method of intensive grazing makes for healthier sheep and stronger pastures.

We are not currently certified under any third parties for our farming practices, but we invite you to ask questions and appreciate your feedback.