Amy Malta started farming when her kids had grown and she was looking for a change. Her brother Stephen Burrill suggested she start raising sheep on his property just south of Tillamook.
Amy was new to farming at that point. “I had raised horses,” she said. “I mean, I raised a chia pet at one time.”
So, she took a Master Gardener course in Tillamook and got going.
Certified Organic since 2013, Pitch & Plow Farms offers all organic pasture raised chicken and lamb, free range eggs, and a variety of fruits and vegetables.
In the pastures behind the barn, the sheep, with their distinctive black heads and white bodies graze peaceful.
The ram’s names are Redmond, and Gus. Amy said Gus is her favorite, though a minute later she mentioned he’s pretty aggressive. When I ask why Gus is her favorite Amy laughed and said, “I guess I like the bad boys.”
Amy said farming is the hardest job she’s ever had, but also the most satisfying.
The grass-fed Dorper lamb from Pitch & Plow is available for purchase by the whole or half at the farm, and sells fast.