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Classical Cotton Breeding

Photography by Paige Green (except where noted) Wisdom of the ages revealed and contrasted to modern notions of genetic progress… Enhancing nature’s time-tested processes or Engineering… the difference between this phrase and word is a clear line in the sand that divides many millennia of human efforts to breed plants and animals, and the contemporary field of genetic […]

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A Journey Into the Blue

By Shaine Drake, with photography by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss (except where noted) A producer, processor, broker and purveyor of biodynamic goods, Craig Wilkinson has been immersed in the holistic and ecologically conscious practice of biodynamic farming since 1998. “It [Biodynamics] is really the beginning of my story,” Craig explains. When answering the question of what […]

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Indigo Volunteer Days!

Fibershed Indigo Project 2015  CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS A call for volunteers to help plant over 2000 indigo seedlings in two days.  Many areas to help from planting to weeding to support crew & photo documentation. We will be planting indigo seedlings between 440 foot rows of olive trees and creating a diverse polyculture on a biodynamic […]

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Full Belly, Full Heart.

Story by Caroline Spurgin, photography by Alycia Lang. Full Belly is a farm of divine splendor. As the name suggests, it is a wholesome place, pregnant with happiness, abundance and good health. Walking down the long rows of bright produce bursting from well cultivated soil, the iniquity of our world seems to dissipate and is replaced […]

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A lifelong love of fiber arts

Photography by Paige Green Colleen Simon has enjoyed an interest in fiber arts for as long as she can remember. She learned to knit as a child growing up in Minnesota, and recalls with fondness how she was intrigued by the spinning wheel in her mom’s attic. Today she owns a richly colored flock of ten ewes (CVM, CVM-Romeldale, […]

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Ama Wertz — Weaving without Limits

Story by Jess Daniels / photos by Alycia Lang In an ecosystem, a limiting factor puts pressure on a population, eventually leading to adaptation. For Fibershed artisan and weaver Ama Wertz, limiting her materials to Fibershed-sourced yarns and natural dyes has been a welcome pressure that fuels her design process and builds community. Many tapestry weavers […]

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Welcome to the Borderlands

Story by Caroline Spurgin, photography by Alycia Lang. The air at Mimi Luebbermann’s farm hums with organic magic. We arrive at Windrush Farm under a rainbow relinquished by the early morning showers that  left the earth damp and the air fresh. Purpled mustard greens poke up out of the grass around stoops and sidewalks, opalescent […]

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Cooperatives & the Next Clothing Industry

Text and photographs by Jess Daniels, unless otherwise credited.  Three simple words: Made In _________. This phrase, adorning nearly every item of clothing in our closets, is a frustratingly simple explanation of garment manufacturing. In fact, the sweater I’m wearing as I type this offers multilingual instructions for washing and drying, but offers nothing about […]

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Kentucky Hemp

Thanks to grants from Patagonia’s Environmental Grants program and the Blackie Foundation, Fibershed has been in collaboration with various organizations to support the raw plant processing and cloth creation processes for this historic project. On June 1st of 2014, the fields of Eastern Kentucky became the site of a healing return of veterans and an […]

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