Farmer John’s flock finds an unlikely new home in Brooksville
BROOKSVILLE, Maine — Some 40 newborn lambs, 50 ewes, a Brooksville farmer and a party supply company — no, this isn’t a “guy walks into a bar” joke setup, it’s a story of how one business relationship may have saved a Brooksville farmer’s flock of lambs.
On a blustery March day, as southerly gale force winds whipped across David’s Folly Farm, the plastic covering of a greenhouse that was housing the newborn lambs and ewes ripped-off — leaving farmer John Altman’s flock without a shelter as snow and rain headed in.
And so, without any shelters large enough to fit his 90 sheep, Altman did exactly what any other farmer without a suitable shelter would do: Call an Ellsworth-based party rental company.
“We said, ‘This crazy thing happened,'” Altman recalled about his phone conversation with Wallace Events to the Ellsworth American. At no cost, the party company quickly offered a large 20-by-30-foot party tent to be used indefinitely as a shelter for the cast-out flock.
The call and subsequent act of kindness weren’t completely from out-of-the-blue. Altman frequently rents out his farm during the summer for weddings and other events, and the party supply company often provides all of the necessary accoutrements.
Photo courtesy of John Altman