I'm starting over. In order to bolster the next generation of shepherds, the Lamb and Wool Producers of North Dakota (LAWPOND) are giving away sheep as part of their "perpetual starter flock program" for teens. WTF? (Of course, you know that stands for "What the flock"?)
- Be between 10 and 18 years of age. (TEN? I had to feed the dog when I was ten, but I don't know if I could have been a shepherd.)
- Join the association as a senior or junior member. (There are no, repeat, NO weird initiation rituals. No farmyard hazing to worry about.)
- Attend the association convention the year they receive the sheep and again the following year to give a progress report. (How I spent my summer vacation: With sheep.)
- Have the support and endorsement of a parent or legal guardian, as well as two letters of recommendation from people other than family members. (Does not specify that they must have any knowledge what so ever of shepherding, sheep or any combination of the two.)
- As a practical matter, participants will need to live on a farm or in the country and have access to the necessary facilities. ("Necessary facilities"? I thought "outdoors" was the only "necessary facility" needed for shepherding.)
- Young people living in the city potentially could participate by making arrangements with a farmer, although some opportunities likely would be rare. (Yes, I would imagine they would be extremely rare.