Esther's Place Spring Open House


It's spring in the Midwest and the lambs are bouncing! The Lehrer family has been raising Cheviot sheep in Big Rock, Illinois, for fifteen years and opened a fiber studio, Esther's Place, nine years ago. Many in the Spin-Off community will remember Natasha Lehrer as a SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat) scholar at the 2005 event. She and her mother continue to grow the Esther's Place community, offering workshops, retreats, and activities for the local homeschool community. The retail shop is held in a restored Victorian home and carries Schacht equipment, local spinning fibers and yarns, and more. Natasha shares more about the shop and vision for her local community here


Twice each year, the family invites the community to tour their farm and meet the animals. The popular spring open house will be held on June 6 & 7, 2015. I hear that the spring lambs will be available for hugs! Donna Lehrer adds, "A special added attraction this year is our new farm museum and a Shetland pony named Charlie Horse! We will also have several guest artists demonstrating needlefelting, silk painting, antique sock-knitting machine demos, basketweaving, and an opportunity to create unique willow bark furniture with Bim Willow."


For more information about the event or to register for the willow bark workshop, contact 



Visit the Cheviot sheep at Lamb of God Farm on June 6 & 7. Photos courtesy of Donna Lehrer.

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