Sanvilles named as Frederick County Shepherds of the Year

Staff Writer

FREDERICK, Md. (Nov. 22, 2016) — Patricia and David Sanville and their two boys, Ian and Ben, of Budding Creek Farm, near Jefferson, Md., are the 2016 Frederick County Shepherds of the Year.
The announcement was made at the Sheep Breeders’ annual dinner and social, held at Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant  on Nov. 4.
The Sanvilles also have two other grown married children and a grandson.Patricia and David and the two younger boys, raise Romney, Leicester Long Wool and Southdown sheep on their 10 acres on Cap Stine Road, near Jefferson, in Frederick County.
They also raise an Angus steer or two each year for meat, Barred Rock chickens for meat and eggs, Berkshire hogs, and turkeys for Thanksgiving.
Their wool sheep are raised for wool which Patty uses for classes she teaches in knitting, spinning and crocheting. Patricia and David are originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and have lived in Maryland for the last eight years.
“We grew up just a mile and a half apart and met when we were just kids” Patty said. “I was 12 and he was a year older.
“Our present operation all began as a 4-H project for our children  and 4-H has become a real commitment for us.
“And I always wanted to raise sheep,” she added. “This year we have 11 bred ewes — natural colored and white.”
The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival which, she said, she discovered seven years ago is another commitment for Patricia.
She took over the Fiber Tent two years ago and has Angora goat, Alpine and sheep shearing demonstrations there during the festival.
“We do spinning and carding demonstrations with 24 different fibers, not all animal, and 4-H and FFA competitions there and also run junior spinning competitions.
“Most of what I do stems from being in education, Patricia added, “as I taught Special Ed in Rhode Island.”
David works for AtraZeneca and Patricia also serves on several boards and takes her animals to several nursing homes to help the folks there learn more about them.
Besides the sheep and lamb and other meat the Sandvilles’ sell, Patricia sells hand spun and hand dyed wool and yarn and hand knit items.
The older two Sanville children never lived on the farm, Patricia said, but all live nearby and help whenever they are needed.
“Since becoming so much involved, I have a much greater respect for the animals and for those who raise them, as do the others in my family,” Patricia said.