Category: Interviews

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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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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Old-World Wool at The Paddocks

The Paddocks, photo by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss

Written & Photographed by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss Follow the road to the end and you’ll meet a wide stretch of caramel-colored sand and the wild ocean. The air is cool and the colors classic to Northern California’s coastline. This is Point Arena, one of the smallest incorporated cities in the state and one of the […]

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Tallow: Summer Solace’s Food for the Skin

Summer Solace Tallow products

Written by Sasha Wirth & Photographed by Paige Green On a busy street in North Oakland, nestled beside an old-school barbershop and a deli selling everything from donuts to Chinese food, stands a green converted storefront. At first glance, it appears to be just another commercial space, perhaps even a warehouse. But past the metal […]

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Sheepie Dreams Of Love And Dedication

Written by Taya Badgley; Photographed by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss If you ever find yourself in need of an inspiring excursion, or an excellent chutney recipe I suggest a visit to Sandra Charlton’s Sheepie Dreams farm. There’s a very good chance your outing will re-invigorate, and quite possibly leave you with a jar of chutney for […]

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Small is Mighty at Macedo’s Mini Acre

Written & Photographed by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss Four generations ago, two families immigrated from far away lands to settle in a small town in the Central Valley of California. In this town called Turlock, Larry and Maureen Macedo now continue the tradition of their ancestors: Larry’s from Portugal, and Maureen’s from Sweden. Upon settling in […]

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