Fibershed’s Community Building program has a track record of establishing successful working relationships between artisans and farmers throughout the region, and currently implements opportunities to connect these artisans and farmers with individuals, students, and school groups in order to establish a strong social network that can provide learning opportunities that ensure the passing down of essential skills and knowledge.
The community building program is designed to promote a sustainable social web through events, workshops, and symposiums that are designed to share, disseminate, and innovate best soil to skin practices within our Fibershed.
Future events and opportunities will include:
• Skill Share Days
• Fiber Symposiums
• Farm & Studio Days
• Fibershed Fashion Shows
A Report on the first Fibershed Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium
The symposium that took place on November 17th in Point Reyes Station was well attended, and the feedback we have received is very positive. If you would like contact information for the symposium presenters, here’s a downloadable PDF: speakers-list. We are grateful to Juliet Braslow of the University of California Cooperative Extension for publishing the following article and video about the symposium.
Fibershed bringing ‘farm-fresh’ clothing to the region
by Juliet Braslow
Many of us are familiar with the concept of a foodshed (the region where food is produced and the paths it travels to its final consumer), and the importance of buying local food in order to support local farmers, businesses, and resilient local economies. Marin has a thriving foodshed with many strong local linkages, but few of us apply this local logic and purchasing power to the clothes we wear every day. This is where Rebecca Burgess and Fibershed step in. Like a food or watershed, a fibershed is a geographic region where all the fibers and dye plants for garments can be sourced. Burgess believes that “fiber will follow food” into the public’s consciousness. Read more…