123 FARM

Sheep Shearing
Festival

March 25-April 2, 2023
Saturdays & Sundays

10 AM TO 4 PM

Festival Highlights

Get a close-up view of how our sheep are shorn and how we process our wool. Guests can learn about natural dyes, how to wash wool, and visit our farm to feed our organic sheep.

Wool Crafts

Sign up for various related classes on making your own felted animal, marcame keychain and more!

Natural Dyes

See how natural dyes are made using leaves, herbs and other organic materials from our farm.

Sheep Herding Demo

A live simulation of a sheep herding competition will be presented. Come and see dogs at all levels of training as they help their human handlers with the livestock.

About the Sheep Shearer

Graciano Hernandez founded Legacy Shearing by following his family trade and learning how to shear sheep as a child that was a trade passed on from his father Johnnie Hernandez. Graciano is the fourth generation shearer in his family and intends to keep the family legacy, by teaching his children his families tradition, while presenting hard work and dedication.

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Things to do

Sheep shearing
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123 Farm Eatery

All foods are made by the culinary staff of 123 Farm. We incorporate ingredients from our organic farm when possible.

Crafts

Hands-on classes on using yarn or wool to make your own piece of art, felted animal, macrame book mark and more!

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Craft Classes

Wooden Sheep Ornament
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Wrap yarn around the sheep to create a woolly ornament.Cost: $5Level: Easy
Rainbow Stitch Kit
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This DIY embroidery kit is an original design printed on fabric.  This cute rainbow design is simple to stitch with only one stitch required.Cost: $25Level: Intermediate, ages 9 +
Natural Dyes
All Day Demo
Cost: FreeSee how natural dyes are made using leaves, herbs and other organic materials from our farm.
Sheep Herding Demonstration
Time: 11 pm & 2 pm (March 19 & 20)
Cost: FreeThis demonstration will show the human/dog partnership and its value on a working sheep farm. A live simulation of a sheep herding competition will be presented. Come and see dogs at all levels of training as they help their human handlers with the livestock. The demonstration takes place on the farm next to the 1000-year-old oak tree. Please be prepared to walk about 10 minutes to the field from the main festival grounds.Time: 12 pm & 2 pm (March 26 & 27)Cost: FreeDana Rochat is an all-breed herding trainer and breeder of Australian Cattle Dogs. She has travelled throughout the U.S. the past 10 years to dog show competitions with her heelers. Dana is now training and giving lessons in Cherry Valley at the neighboring Oaks Ranch. Dana will be demonstrating how she uses her Australian herding dogs, to work her sheep in the sheep shearing pen.

Festival Map

Centered around the Organic Galleries, Sheep Shearing Weekends offers a limited number of sheep and wool related activities including various crafts, hands-on experiences in wool processing and lamb-themed dishes from the Eatery.

1. Parking Entrance

2. 123 Dough Sourdough Bread Marketplace
Purchase organic sourdough bread mad in-house using ancient grains. sample culinary items from 123 Farm, fermented food and drinks and more!

Information Desk
Come to the information desk to pick up your membership card, register for available workshops or to ask questions.

3. Sourdough Eatery and Dining Hall
From soups served with sourdough, tartines, and sandwiches, to sourdough pizza and sourdough desserts, the culinary team from our farm have prepared a variety of menu items that allow you to taste sourdough in different ways. food may be consumed indoors at the dining hall.

The Tipsy Sheep Tavern
Our bar has been decorated in preparation for our next festival (our annual sheep shearing held on Saturdays and Sundays from March 12 to April 3). Sip on fermented drinks as well as some sheep-inspired cocktails and our signature lavender drinks.

4. Workshops
Reserve your seat to participate in your choice of topics related to fermented foods and drinks hosted inside our former 800's hotel suites. classes can be booked online (please check late January 2023).

5. Free Lectures
Attend any of our free lecture on topics ranging from sourdough grains to raw milk. Lectures are held in a covered tent outdoors. In the case of rain, the lectures may be moved indoors to the dining hall (#3 on the map).

6. General Parking

7. Vendor Villag
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vendors offering their selection of fermented foods including cheese and wine, and handmade goods.

8. Organic Galleries
A parade of eight shops, each themed around a product from our farm, and a cafe featuring desserts made with sourdough starter. Products can be purchased by bringing a completed order form to the fulfillment center.

9. Sheep Baa-zaar
Offering sheep-themed goods and other novelty gift items.

Christmas Nights

November 4, 2022-January 8, 2023
Enjoy festive food and drinks, while walking through our Christmas village and taking in over 1,000,000 holiday lights around our farm! Shop at the 12 Days of Christmas and take photos with Santa.

Open select days

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Lavender Festival

May 5-July 30, 2023

Join us as we celebrate the blooming of our organic lavender. Stroll through 20 acres of lavender, taste lavender-infused food, drinks and desserts. Shop our lavender-themed marketplace and ride a wagon tour of the grounds.

Open select days.

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Lavender Nights

August 31-October 22, 2023

Join us outdoors with food from the grill, lavender cocktails, live music (on select days), marketplace shopping and a display of over half a million lights.

Thursdays-Sundays
5-10 pm

Free admission

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The products at 123 Farm are made primarily using organic ingredients from our farm. We hand harvest and distill our own lavender essential oil in the summer, and press oil from our century-old olive groves in the fall. We practice bee guardianship and sustainably harvest honey and beeswax from our own hives. Our products are made in small batches.