Grand Champion fleece at the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival 2015, 2016
Grand Champion Wool Ewe and Ram, Kentucky State Fair 2018
Madeline has taught at KY Farm Festival, KY Green Living Festival, Eastern KY Farmer's Conference, Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival, and Indiana University Southeast.
“I adopted a sheep yesterday, as a Christmas present to myself. Not one I keep here, but through the Virtual Shepherding that's offered at Ballyhoo Fiber Emporium. I've done things like Heifer International before, but this one is local to me. in about 40 minutes, I can be pulling up to the farm to hang out with this little guy. When he's shorn, I get a pound of yarn made from his fleece. I'll get updates, pictures, and videos periodically. But mostly I'm excited about the snuggles. If you're looking for a holiday gift for the person who has everything...consider adopting. Even if they're not a crafty knitter or crocheter, they can gift the fleece/roving/yarn back to someone who is, or even donate it back to the farm so they can keep doing what they're doing.
She also has lots of yarn and goodies, if you're into that sort of thing. And a podcast. And classes. And hosts field trips. And still somehow manages to find time to knit with me on occasion."
— M. Clegg, december 20, 2017
"Ballyhoo Farm and the Hooligans that run it will forever be one of my favorite places on earth. The grounds are beautiful and the animals are sweet. On top of that, Madeline is dedicated to sustainable farming that will keep the land she cultivates healthy and long lasting. She truly cares about teaching and helping others learn what it takes to be a caretaker to her animals.”
— M. Gusler, april 29, 2018
"[The sheep] are just delightful....You get a real sense of community doing this."
— Good neighbor farm tour attendees, September 16 2017
"Madeline of Ballyhoo Fiber Emporium did a great job of asking me some questions that made me come out of my otherwise reserved shell. If you're interested in natural dyeing, fiber sourcing, sustainable dyeing and much more, listen in for a bit."
— S. Billig, fairytale wool, february 6, 2018
"I would like to compliment Madeline on her awesome presentation on Psalm23 and her knowledge as a shepherdess. We laughed, we cried, and learned from the knowledge she shared. I know Madeline has many talents and her ability to teach and share with others is one of them. Thanks for the time you took to educate us on all things sheep and on Psalm 23."
“I was touched yesterday attending a small Bible Study where Madeline shared her experience as a shepherd in correlation with the 23rd Psalm. Her knowledge of the Bible combined with her knowledge of sheep awakened thoughts I never even knew I had. If you’re looking for a speaker, do request Madeline for an interesting and inspiring class.”