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Love this story of local production we came across from Thistle Hill Weavers in Upstate New York, who writes:
"The total area involved is maybe 180 miles from one place to another. The ability to have small amounts of yarn custom spun and custom woven is a luxury for local fiber producers and for the customers who buy these items.
They are not inexpensive. In fact, my grandfather would have called them "dear". But using local labor is one of the more important parts of this process to me as a mill owner.Its not just the producing, its the employment........and the retaining of some of the profit in the hands of the farmer."
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We talk a lot about sustainability and locally produced but we have a truly luxiouried ability to do that in Upstate New York. This is the warp for a local shetland sheep farm that is also a co-op in the Hudson Valley. Sheep were shorn, fiber sent to Battenkill Fibers in New York and we are weaving throws and scarves that will be sold by the co-op. The total area involved is maybe 180 miles from one place to another. The ability to have small amounts of yarn custom spun and custom woven is a luxury for local fiber producers and for the customers who buy these items. They are not inexpensive. In fact, my grandfather would have called them "dear". But using local labor is one of the more important parts of this process to me as a mill owner.Its not just the producing, its the employment........and the retaining of some of the profit in the hands of the farmer.

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Next week, find Fibershed producers, including Twirl Yarn, HIJK, Casari Ranch, Bodega Pastures, Sonoma Wool Company and more at the 6th annual National Heirloom Exposition at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA.
What began in 2011 as a celebration of pure food and sustainable living has become the world’s largest annual heritage food event. Thousands of people come from around the world to the Expo to celebrate traditional crops, foods, seeds, poultry, and livestock. Details below!
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The 6th Annual National Heirloom Exposition

September 6, 2016, 10:00am - September 8, 2016, 9:00pm

Welcome to the 6th annual National Heirloom Exposition. What began in 2011 as a celebration of pure food and sustainable living has become the world’s largest annual heritage farm and garden event. Thousands of people come from around the world to the Expo to celebrate traditional crops, foods, seeds, poultry, and livestock. Featuring the largest display of heirloom produce, many small gardeners and large farmers supply an abundance of fruits and vegetables for exhibiting and tasting. More than 350 related and like-minded vendors include seed companies, tool companies, accessories, food, produce, garden products, and much more. We welcome individuals, school groups, musicians, volunteers, speakers, musicians, chef demonstrations, and many more. The fun and educational activities are sure to influence the way people view food and our sustainable future. We have an outstanding line up of more than 75 nationally and internationally known food, farm and garden speakers that will impress even the most discerning. Visitors are entertained all day with old-time traditional music. The National Heirloom Exposition has always been and continues to be a not-for-profit event with all proceeds above expenses being donated to local school and educational garden projects. theheirloomexpo.com/

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Save the date: our annual Wool Symposium is November 19th at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station! Early-bird tickets will go on sale at the end of this week, via email to active members (memberships are annual). Now is a great time to renew your membership, we appreciate your support! www.fibershed.com/membership/

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Sew the Tendril Tank

August 31 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm