All spring, summer, and early fall, Erik Jacobs will send occasional reports and photographs from his apprenticeship at The Farm School. This is his third in the series. To see his weekly photo updates, go to www.ploughandstarsproject.com
ORANGE — We forgot to put the sheep in the barn overnight and the gentle morning storm soaked through the coats of our 10 Border Leicesters. Normally rain is no big deal, but today it makes things difficult. Lambing season is on the way and we need to get the ewes out of their year-old fleece, but the March chill has hardened their lanolin-coated wool into a knotty, stiff mass. I flip number 35 onto her back and attempt to steady her wriggling body with one hand. With the other trembling hand, I reach across her pregnant belly, threading razor-sharp shears along her flesh and gingerly begin snipping.