On Farm Education

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All educational opportunities at the farm of Lydia's Flock are offered in a safe, inclusive environment where discrimination of any kind is not welcome, no exceptions.

Sign up for our farm newsletter for 2023 Beginning Shepherding workshops, dates TBD.

 All attendees must be over the age of 18 (no children allowed) and provide proof of full COVID vaccination prior to course registration. Please leave your dogs at home.

 

Beginning Shepherding and Pasture Management

Our Beginning Shepherding course is designed for new and aspiring shepherds who have a desire to raise their sheep flock using regenerative, managed grazing methods with the health of the earth and the happiness of their flock as top priorities. 

 

This class is a two day, hands-on educational opportunity, focused on the basics of raising a variety of sheep breeds utilizing a pasture based management system. We cover a wide range of topics, focused on the interests and desires of each attendee which include but not limited to choosing the right sheep breed for your farm, housing, fencing, nutrition, health and healthcare basics, developing a management program, managed grazing and pasture management basics, and connecting with a mentor.

Wool 101 (to be offered within our 2023 Beginning Shepherding Workshops)

This course is for those who have no prior experience working with wool on a small scale or who want to expand their knowledge of value added, climate beneficial wool production in the PNW. Topics to be covered include the science, history, structure and unique properties of wool, breed variation of wool, and determining the health of a fleece. For wool producers, how to breed for and improve healthy fleece production; preparing for your flock’s first shearing including how to find a shearer, skirting basics and how to handle fleeces post shearing; niche marketing of raw and value added wool products, locating a fiber processor for value added wool products. If time, we’ll also wash a fleece. This course is discussion based and inquiry focused. Participants are encouraged to bring a fleece or fleece samples from their own flock for evaluation/discussion.

 

Lambing Basics/Q & A

 

We no longer offer a lambing basics class on the farm. We encourage you to sign up for the Michigan State University Birth Management for Sheep and Goats online course here. 

Shearing Education

We do not offer shearing classes or access to shearing practice for recent shearing school graduates. Contact Sarah Smith at WSU to be placed on the waitlist for future WSU Extension Shearing School class dates.