Author: Fibershed

Transhumance: a Revival of Grassland Culture

Transhumance Festival

Written by Ariel Greenwood & Photographed by Noelle Gaberman trans·hu·mance noun the action or practice of moving livestock from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle, typically to lowlands in winter and highlands in summer. Grassland, prairie, savanna—in some regions these landscapes are so ubiquitous that they are paradoxically invisible. They are everywhere, […]

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Rooted in Community: Chico Flax

Chico Flax Project, photo by Paige Green

Written by Sarah Lillegard & Photographed by Paige Green Tucked in by the entrance of the artisan barn at this year’s California Nut Festival is a booth that seems perfectly at home with its setting. The light from the open door is catching bundles of dry flax and the barn floor is slowly acquiring little […]

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An Ear to the Ground at Flying Mule Farm

Flying Mule Farm

Written & Photographed by Sarah Lillegard Arriving at Flying Mule Farm on the cusp of lambing season and on the heels of a snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the fields are damp with recent rain. Ewes and lambs call to each other and in the morning light.  It’s easy to get sentimental about spaces […]

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Building Off an Industrial Hemp Variety Trial with One Acre Exchange

Hemp holds tremendous potential as a crop that can contribute to restoring our working landscapes, revitalizing our regional economies, and rethinking the impact of the way we clothe ourselves. Our worldwide fiber consumption has tipped the scale toward a reliance on fossil-fuel derived synthetics, yet bast fibers and blended fabrics emerge as a soil-based solution […]

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Naturally Colored Fiber Fun at Blue Barn Farm

Blue Barn Farm

Written & Photographed by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss On a steep and sunny, five-acre hillside in El Dorado County, Catherine Lawson tends to her flock. They are some of the most luxurious wool-producing ungulates around, Merino sheep and Cashmere goats, and here, they live in many colors. Photo of lambs on left by Catherine Lawson. The […]

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Natural Tanning with Vermont Natural Sheepskins

Vermont Natural Sheepskins

Written by Courtney Collins & Photographed by Ben DeFlorio There’s a growing desire to support a positive impact on our shared climate and environment, with more and more consumers seeking to better understand their textile sources. When it comes to preserving sheepskins — a tanning process often obscured from farmer and customer alike — Vermont Natural […]

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