Sheep Shearing Shin-Dig

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Date(s) - 05/06/2023
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

City Farm SLO

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City Farm SLO is empowering the next generation to live healthier, more prosperous lives through sustainable agriculture and farm-based education. The Sheep Shearing Shindig will be an education-based community event that supports the organization’s mission of promoting sustainable agriculture and farm-based education by educating the public about the process of sheep shearing and the benefits of using wool from sustainably raised sheep, and the endeavors of Central Coast small livestock ranchers.

The event’s focus on educating the public about the Navajo Churro sheep will help raise awareness about the unique cultural history of this heritage breed, with special emphasis on its Native American, Mexican American, and Central American traditions, as well as its present importance in sustainable agriculture.

The event will include demonstrations of sheep shearing and wool processing including washing, carding, spinning, weaving, and felting, with experts explaining the techniques and the benefits of using wool from the Navajo Churro sheep. Additionally, the event will provide opportunities for attendees to interact with the sheep and learn about their behavior, habitat, and nutrition. The event will also include hands-on activities for children and families, such as wool spinning and weaving, farming activities such as planting, harvesting, and cleaning vegetables, as well as displays about sustainable agriculture and animal welfare. The event will also feature local food vendors, a farmer’s produce stand, a hayride tour of the 19 acres of City Farm, and live music to create a festive atmosphere and bring the community together.

It is encouraged that event attendees bike to the Sheep Shearing Shin-Dig! There will be free bike parking available.