On Farm Education

 

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.

Beginning Shepherding

In light of COVID-19 and the current "stay at home" order issued by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, our Beginning Shepherding course dates are on hold. We hope to reschedule these dates for later in 2020 and are also looking at alternative platforms for offering this course. We welcome your suggestions and ideas. 

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 full-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 

Course date is currently on hold

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

Our next session of this class will be held in Winter 2021. 

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This course is for those who are preparing for their first lambing season or would like to refresh their lambing knowledge and skills. Topics to be covered include ewe health and nutrition from breeding through lactation, lambing resources (online and books), assembling your lambing kit, vaccinations; basic newborn lamb care including caring for weak/cold lambs and aftercare for ewes, lamb malpresentation and other birthing issues and how to assist with a delivery; comparison of barn vs. pasture lambing, housing preparations- lambing jugs and shelters; establishing breeding goals for future breeding seasons. This course is discussion based and inquiry focused. 

 

*Before the course, purchase and initial reading of Laura Lawson’s book Managing Your Ewe and Her Newborn Lambs is highly recommended as this is the foremost lambing resource available in print. Bring your book with you to the class.*

 

 It is available for purchase on Amazon. This book is not available at Regional Public Libraries.

Need based scholarships are available for all educational opportunities. If you are interested in a scholarship to attend any of our courses, contact the farm directly for an application or more information. 

Future Educational Opportunities

Breeding and Genetics to Build a Better Flock

Specific course date and details to follow.

 

Flock Improvement for Fiber Production

Specific course date and details to follow.

Pasture Management 101

Specific course date and details to follow.

Looking for a sheep specific course but don't see it listed? Reach out and let us know what educational opportunities you would like to see offered in the future.

 

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