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Sheep shearer and fiber artist Natalie Redding, owner of Namaste Farms in Temecula, CA, is a true yarn-trepreneur. Producing high-quality fibers in small batches, Redding's Namaste Farms is a successful enterprise, breeding high-quality livestock to produce the best-quality wool.

But Natalie isn't the typical rugged farmhand. The California native ventured to Asia after high school, working as a model in Hong Kong. She eventually returned to California, realizing her passion for animals and earning bachelor's and master's degrees in animal science from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

Animals brought her together with her husband Sean, after she answered a help-wanted ad at a horse ranch that Sean managed for his father. The son of famous stylist Jheri Redding (creator of the infamous Jheri curl hairstyle), Sean joined Natalie on her mission to open a farm, first opening a horse ranch in Temecula before switching to raising sheep after having her five children. 

Natalie's high-quality yarn quickly gained popularity in the fiber business as she embraced online selling and built a digital following for her product, from DIY YouTube videos to podcasts about her farm. Today, Natalie continues to shepherd while actively promoting fiber arts and responsible animal production.

102 comments
Dod Yano
Dod Yano

Enjoy the show and  the  farm animals

Linda H.
Linda H.

This whole thing is a farce.  Sheep, goats, and alpacas only produce high quality wool in cold climates.  This "farm" is in Temecula, CA it does not take a genius to figure out this is all about being on TV and Social Media and not about farming.  In addition putting a blanket on a fur animal in a warm climate is cruel and degrades the amount of wool produced further due to the extra insulation provided by the blanket.

Kathy Smith-Hunter
Kathy Smith-Hunter

Natalie your such an inspiration I love you and your family so glad you got the grain sponsor.

Christina Callison
Christina Callison

Grand Viewing!  Congrats on receiving grain sponsor! Family involvement shows on a daily basis how cutting the pie can't always be equal!  :)


Nadine Lehman
Nadine Lehman

Love your show Natalie & your tenacity most of all your love of your family all animals & knowledge you share.with the viewers. Glad you got your grain sponser. Could you share where your boots are from? Are they custom? Thanks

Mary Hodgman
Mary Hodgman

Next time you have cattle hooves to trim try standing them on a piece of plywood and using a sharp straight wood chisel to cut away the extra.  Cut straight down and be careful not to trim in too close.  This will save every one a huge amount of aggravation and will be  much safer.  I am an old ox teamster and have done this many times. 

Cathy Baker
Cathy Baker

Watched this show with my mom.  Pretty awesome show but we feel that Natalie can be a bit harsh on her older son.   I feel she needs to be more compassionate when dealing with him, instead of being overly dogmatic and obdurate. 


No one has control of everything and I hope Natalie realizes that because when you try to have control over everything you can become blind and not realize the issues within yourself or the important people in your life that you are pushing away.

Cathy Baker
Cathy Baker

Watched this show with my mom.  Pretty awesome show but we feel that Natalie can be a bit harsh on her older son.   I feel she needs to be more compassionate when dealing with him, instead of being overly dogmatic and obdurate. 


No one has control of everything and I hope Natalie realizes that because when you try to have control over everything you can become blind and not realize the issues within yourself or the important people in your life that you are pushing away.

Dee daniel
Dee daniel

So many of my friends have ordered NatGeoWild from their providers just to watch this show. They love it that much. I have always been a fan of NatGeoWild and I really pray you bring this show back it is not often to find a family farm show like this and we love it. PLEASE for a season 2

Kallie Hoffman
Kallie Hoffman

First off, If this show is cancelled, Im going to be upset, seriously! Im studying to be a Vet tech and I have learned more from watching Natalie then any text book.I was watching Dr. Pol who is my idol and hails from Michigan : ) and it led me to this show.I first thought do I really want to watch a show about shearing a sheep?But, as the show went one I was amazed at the info I was getting and how REAL Natalie is and her family. I would love to sit down with her and pick her brain.For example, when she knew the lamb wasnt right and had a bee sting and acted on it asap, that was amazing she even knew to do that.I was so happy the lamb was saved!!And, where oh where did Fredric go??The things she and her husband are  teaching the children I admirer. This is a reality show worth watching, dont cancel it PLEASE. I look forward after my long days coming home to watch it.Love you guys!!!

CAREY MORESCHINI
CAREY MORESCHINI

Out of the goat and sheep breeds that you keep on your farm, what breeds do you find mke the best all-around pets?

Karen Smith
Karen Smith

She may know sheep but hasn't  clue how to train a dog!! Natalie, call Cesar Milan to help you. Hollering "stand, stand, stand" repeatedly won't work. He has NO idea what you're saying, and it seems like you are assuming, as many people do, that dogs can understand English or whatever language. They WILL connect learned behavior with a word or phrase, but at this point he seems very confused, not misbehaving. Call Cesar!!


Vickie Salter
Vickie Salter

Enjoy the show and admit to knowing nothing about farm animals, but it broke my heart to see the sheep suffer for 3 days without at least having a vet's opinion regarding possible alternative treatment before shooting it.

Deborah Knight
Deborah Knight

Natalie, I love that your kids are so normal! It's fun to watch them helping out on the farm...whether or not they really want to!

Nyana Chase
Nyana Chase

This is an awesome show!  Thank you for the opportunity to meet you and your family and sharing what you do with the world!  I appreciate learning and laughing and crying a little bit too maybe.  Keep on keeping on!  LOVE it!

Erica R
Erica R

My husband and I watched all 4 episodes last night. In awe. Holy crap, Natalie. I may be in love with you. I found your show because of a facebook post by Vogue Knitting. So as a confirmed yarnaholic, I had to watch. I had no idea we would be so educated and so in awe of you. I cannot wait to see what happens next. Called my youngest son a "baby goat" this morning (I did grow up with some animals including goats and chickens and cows) and he was not amused. If only he had the opportunity your kids have. My husband was blown away by this and it re-affirmed our desire for more nature in our lives. If you had a B&B we would come and work for you for a week. ;-)

Carol Vincent
Carol Vincent

I have been following Natalie for couple of years. First from her YouTube videos then live streaming. She is a truly amazing women who is a huge inspiration to me and countless other people across the world. Watch the shows love and learn.

CAREY MORESCHINI
CAREY MORESCHINI

I'm wanting to learn the art of spinning but cannot find a resource here in Pueblo Colorado.  Where can a beginner go to get started?

Willa Sullivan
Willa Sullivan

What a great show! It's a wonderful new trail to blaze as shows go. I loved it right off the bat and I'm truly impressed. It's a great family show.

I don't know much about sheep, so it's interesting to watching the show and learning something new. It's touching to see just how much you love your animals and your wonderful family. I've always looked forward to Saturdays, and now I found a great show to watch that night.

Namaste,

Willa

Willa Sullivan
Willa Sullivan

What a great show! It's a wonderful new trail to blaze as shows go. I loved it right off the bat and I'm truly impressed. It's a great family show.

Kritina Knief
Kritina Knief

Hi Natalie  - I watched your show for the first time and thought - wow - this can't be for real.  Yet, it is!  How did the producers find you?  There is so much of interest in this "reality show" - farmers never stop working - you are constantly working.  Your love of animals is genuine - the way you relate sometimes is like a vet - you have to remove yourself emotionally, which I don't like (I'm uber-sensitive) but necessary.  Your family - fantastic.  The real deal.  And, ideal, too.  All those beautiful kids ... the husband w/ dreads ... like I said, a producer's dream come true.  How is it possible that a woman so beautiful on the outside can be not just beautiful on the inside but a FARMER, too?!!  :)  

Intrigued and impressed,

Kritina.

Susan Upton-Hughes
Susan Upton-Hughes

My *sheep group* was discussing your show on our FB page, so I decided to try to stay up last night and catch it.  Within the first 30 minutes you managed to kill a batch of baby chickens (even baby ducklings need proper waterers to prevent them from becoming soaked or drowning). You pretty much alienated the entire US Border Collie community with your *reasons* for importing a dog from across the pond, and OH!  That poor dog Lad.   I'll bet either rescue or and shock collar are next for that one, you can't handle him.  You talked pressure/release whilst trying to teach your kid to halter-break sheep, but don't seem to  understand that concept as it applies to working stock dogs. You might raise sheep for fiber, but ALL sheep can be bruised and/or injured by *backing* them either with a dog but GOOD LORD a person?  I had to turn it off.  I thought National Geographic had done their homework.  Terrible show. 

kathi tesarz
kathi tesarz

Watching you work your border collie I wonder why you haven't looked into the all around farm dog "English shepherd"  you can find out more about this American breed at. English shepherd.org  or about rescue at nesr.info or contact me at ktesarz@yahoo.com

Charmine Bunker
Charmine Bunker

Absolutely enjoy watching your show with my niece when it is on we are both enthralled and educated by the work you do! Wishing you lots of continued success!

CAREY MORESCHINI
CAREY MORESCHINI

Hi...while I run a busy insurance company, I too have a passion for animals.  Along with a small hobby farm I also volunteer for the Division of Wildlife as a rehabber.  I have a burning question for you...where do you get the pain meds that you use for castration and where did you learn to draw blood and castrate your own animals.  Around here, fewer vet visits makes life a little easier.

CAREY MORESCHINI
CAREY MORESCHINI

I own a busy insurance company but my real passion is my little hobby farm in Colorado.  I also work as a volunteer for Division of Wildlife.  One burning question is...where do you get the drugs you administer for pain (for castration) and where did you get the knowledge to take blood and castrate you own animals?   Less reliance on a vet would sure save money!

Amy Fortin
Amy Fortin

It's great to watch this show from a dog lover's perspective! I don't know much (well anything, really) about farming, but I do know dogs. Natalie, your array of dog breeds is amazing! You have a dog for every purpose and job on your farm!! I always say, a working dog is a happy dog! 


Besides seeing the pure joy a working dog gets out of life on your farm, I feel the pure joy you get from life working with your animals. You're inspirational and your energy is refreshing! 


ps. I kiss all of my animals on the mouth. If I ever were to spend any time on your farm, every animal would get a big mouth kiss from me! 

Leonnie Needer
Leonnie Needer

@Karen Smith ceasar causes more problems than he fixes.......who puts their face/hand in front of of an animal not expecting to be bite 

Dee daniel
Dee daniel

@Karen Smith As for trai9ning a dog , DUGH why do you think she bought them already trained ..she tells you she is not a dog trainer....yes it is a learned behavior per word...butt. You take any dog that is trained and put them in a different environment ,open pasture vs pen and then from sheep that has always been worked by dog to ones that have not. Lad is doing great and will find himself while training the sheep.

Christina Drennen Coghill
Christina Drennen Coghill

@Karen Smith  The commands she is using are what commands the sheepdogs have learned!

It's not a behavior issue, it's how sheparder tell the dogs what to do.


Dee daniel
Dee daniel

@Vickie Salter She did consult with a vet but the film crew edited it out. The film crew cuts out so much of the filming. Please ask Natalie and ash will tell you the real story. As I was raised and had a farm most of my life it is not always roses.

Namaste Farms
Namaste Farms

@Nyana Chase  Hey you, thank you so much Nyana. I went and checked out your yarns... wow.  IMPRESSIVE business... really, you didn't even brag to me.

Namaste Farms
Namaste Farms

@Erica R  Wow, I was about at the end of my rope today... I've been despondent that it seemed that only people who knew me, loved me and had been following me for years really "got it.". You've restored my faith that, it's not only  my amazing friends, fans and followers on FB etc... that like me.  I want to THANK YOU.. seriously, I LOVE what I do and my mission?  To help people understand how important agriculture is and that WOOL and FARMING are not BAAAAAD.  I wanted to share my life and you "got it."  BTW... that is quite funny your son was "none too amused."   Also, we do need more nature in our lives.

Namaste Farms
Namaste Farms

@CAREY MORESCHINI  I promise, you can learn with just the internet... however, I have so many friends on FB and also a public page and the community is open armed to knew interest.  If you message me there or go to my namastefarms.com website, I will ask my friends and someone will help. Promise.

Namaste Farms
Namaste Farms

@Willa Sullivan Thank you so much Willa. I do livestreams all the time where I stream live from my house. It's like the show, but, it's just me doing my work. I love sharing what I do with friends. Thank you so much for your support. It's people like you that will keep the show going.

Namaste Farms
Namaste Farms

@Kritina Knief  He Kritina, it is all real. I have a lot friends, followers and fans for years and years.  I try to share what I do through the internet and am always listing something new. 

Actually, I found the producers. The economy had tanked and I couldn't afford to feed the animals.  Hay went from 7.00 to 22.00 for a 125.00 lb bale. I was just brainstorming on how I was going to stay in business. Of course, by the time I did get a show, I had some lucky breaks that allowed me to stay in business.  I promise you, the show is real... 100% real.  According to the show runner (who;s a woman and I LOVE), it is the "least produced show she's ever filmed."  Almost all the footage was useable because it was pretty much shot as it happened.  Also, because I have such a large following, I refused to do anything that would be "produced" becasue my people would know. They count on authenticity and I don't want to be an actress, I want to be a shepherdess.  Thank you so much for your watching and your question. I'm fairly accessible and am happy to answer anything else. I truly appreciate you.

Amy Fortin
Amy Fortin

@Susan Upton-Hughes  If you had continued to watch, you would have seen that she didn't kill a batch of chicks. I believe only one died. 


Also, my "dog group" (me and my dog) were discussing her "reasons" for importing a dog from across the pond as well. We agree with Natalie that she had perfect reasons for importing. I'm sure your "sheep group" knows little to nothing about dog training, trials, agility, and working. As Natalie stated, in the US, most Border Collies are trained for trials. Trial work does not equal field work. A trial dog will get trampled to death in the field quicker than Natalie can say "walk up." Where do you see any need for a shock collar or any reason that Natalie would bring a shock collar in? She's teaching halter breaking using basic animal psychology - almost the exact same way I train dogs not to pull on a leash. The dog pulls, I turn and walk the other way. The dog gives in, I give slack. Nothing about Natalie's training methods says, "I will resort to shock collars."


You say Nat Geo should do their homework, maybe you should. Natalie does everything exactly as described in my Veterinary Technology textbooks. It's actually educational for me to see things described in the textbook acted out by Natalie. 


If you'd like, I can recommend these textbooks, or I can refer you to the dog trainers I model my training after.

Steve Kruzich
Steve Kruzich

@Susan Upton-Hughes Maybe if the US actually had some trained dogs to do the work, someone might be able to buy one here.  I find the same problem with working cattle, you can't find any that are trained properly to do the job in this country.  That speaks volumes about the Groups like yours who are just hobbiests and amateurs at it.  Plus the bloodlines are no where near the quality that which we can get from GB,and Australia. (aust sheepdogs).

As far as chicks drowning, it happens even with your definition of proper waterers.  Might want to back off before you really make a absolute fool of yourself on here.


Steve Kruzich
Steve Kruzich

@CAREY MORESCHINI Uhmmm natalie might use pain meds like litocaine, but you know most of us out here don't use anything.   Generally i band them.  Quick no muss no fuss and cheap .05 band.
Learning to draw blood. Now that takes a bit of guts and practice.  First time you'll probably not hit the vein. BUT You go for the juggler.  Hold the needle at a 45 deg angle tilted upwards toward the jugglar, hold the neck and feel for it and hold it between the fingers. set needle tip above your fingers not between them, and insert til you feel it puncture the juggler.  THen draw back and see if you get blood if so you can let go of the vein and proceed to draw blood. 


Also i do all my vet work.  If i need to do stitches i have a bottle of litocaine i got from walmart with a prescription from the vet, and use it to do stitching.  I give all the shots, do everything and even can do my own fecal samples to test for worms.  You learn how through just doing it.


Namaste Farms
Namaste Farms

@CAREY MORESCHINI HI, our vets will sell them to us... lidocaine etc...  also, I have a M.S. and a B.S. in Animal Science for Cal Poly and they taught me all of that years ago... in the early 1990's.  Thank you so much for your support.

Namaste Farms
Namaste Farms

@Amy Fortin Thank you so much. Many of the dogs were rescued, and some, old old friends. It's embarrassing when people come over... the barking, the hair, the, well, the poop.  That said, it is like a dog park where the ones that have a job get to work (and boy do they love it), and the other ones lay around waiting for me to scoop them up, kiss them on the mouth, or share my food with them.  

I really appreciate your comment... people can be cruel and critical, but this was a joy to read.

Nyana Chase
Nyana Chase

@Namaste Farms @Nyana Chase Thank you! yah, I do a little yarn :)  I like to think I'm passionate about color - and wool is my current medium.  I've been thinking lately of working with canvas and oils, but I don't think I could paint a hank of yarn..so then what?  That idea never goes very far...

Namaste Farms
Namaste Farms

@Amy Fortin @Susan Upton-Hughes I thought about asking Amy to marry me... and then I thought that would be weird. lol Thank you Amy... I appreciate your coming to the defense of the show.  :)

Amy Fortin
Amy Fortin

@Namaste Farms @Amy Fortin   I'm pretty sure there's a saying out there about people who judge and how they're just jealous of all that you have.


I've found my way to Namaste Farm's website, specifically the part about the work you've done spreading the word about the importance of adopting - especially from high kill shelters. My four rescue animals and I say "Thank you" from the bottom of our hearts! 


As a shelter volunteer, though, I want you to know that you should not feel guilty about buying a dog from a reputable breeder! As I'm sure you know from breeding sheep (and herding them with Collies and Shepherds), breeders do great things for dogs - especially working dogs! Even the occasional lap dog is made better by a good set of genes. 


Again, I know nothing of farming or spinning fibers, but I know dogs. I look forward to watching your show for a long time to learn more about farm animals, maybe learn a little about spinning, and to see a fellow animal lover do her thing and spread the love!