February 04, 2014

Meet Natalie Redding

Get To Know The Sheep Farmer's "Shearly" Mad Life

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.

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