Maurene Hillen, Sheep Dog Herding Trainer
Maurene Hillen is an Open handler from Michigan who comes down on Saturdays, weather depending, when she isn't trialing. She is a student of sheep and sheepdogs since 2001, and is still learning everything she can about holistic dog training, concentrating on establishing a partnership foundation for building herding skills.
She is taking over training at the farm and will be holding some novice trials for those of you getting started. Her training will avoid many traditional, often harsh, training methods. Instead, she will teach how using respect and clear communication is best for our dogs.
You can schedule an assessment or training with Maureen by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Edie Hardin Steiner, Sheep Dog Herding Handler
Edie Steiner and her border collies do herding demonstrations on location. Edie volunteers giving demonstrations at Mutton Hill in the summer. Check the Summit County Historical Society for information on her Perkins Mansion shows. You can contact Edie at email@example.com.
Cindy Brewster, Plein Air Artist
Cindy Brewster specializes in doing commission dog and other animal portraits as well as plein air landscapes in graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, pastel, silverpoint, or oil. She has a BA in art from Macalester College. she taught art in public schools in before returning to school to study architecture. She worked as a planner, and then returned to school at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has continued her education in workshops with artists Judith Carducci (Hudson, OH), Margaret Dyer (Atlanta, GA), and Marvin Mattelson (School of Visual Arts, NYC) with whom she studied classical portraiture. Her Border Collie portfolio is Work Art.
Elaine Price & Gordon Landefeld, Eco-Tourism Adventure Leaders
Elaine Price and Gordon Landefeld of NatureVaction will help you design your ecotourism adventure which begins, stops, and/or ends at The Spicy Lamb Farm. Elaine is an environmental biologist by training, and Gordon a geologist by training. Both are outdoor enthusiasts who can showcase the fabulous natural assets of the Cuyahoga Valley. Their NatureVation Adventures are fully contained, guided tours into the unique and often hidden natural places of northeast Ohio. NatureVation finds the places, maps the route, secures any permits, researches the history and provides elegant food and beverages. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Brian McElhinney, Piper
Brian McElhinney, the Akron Piper, plays at our annual Blessing of the Sheep and other events. He can be booked to play at your farm event. He is a brilliant performer and has one many piping competitions. For more information, contact him at email@example.com
Jay Campbell, Shearer
Jay Campbell shears the flock each spring and our fall ewe lambs each fall. Sheep shearers are in demand and who shears our sheep is the most frequently asked question we get at the farm. In addition to shearing, Jay also breeds and trains border collies. He has a wealth of knowledge about sheep, having raised them all his life. Jay can be reached at 330-540-9289.
Barbara Gedeon, Flowers & Gardening
Barbara Gedeon of Josiah Lincoln Clouser Flower Farm helps us manage our high tunnel hoop house where she also grows flowers. To order fresh flowers or dried flowers, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed Pepera, Bee Keeper
Ed Pepera of Happy Thyme Garden Farm in Richfield is the bee keeper at the farm. We sell pure, raw unfiltered honey from the bee hives. For more information on bee keeping and our honey, call or text Ed at (216) 280-2912.
Greg Shellabarger, Volunteer Coordinator and Project Manager
The Spicy Lamb Farm is extremely thankful to Greg Shellabarger who is responsible for funding our wonderful pavilion, contributed to the barn raising, and many other farm improvements. In addition, Greg never misses a farm event and helps coordinate projects.