Carbon Farming

We work with both our member based producer community and the general public to support an understanding of what it means to draw down carbon from our atmosphere and into our soils, and the implications for this work in regard to the climate crisis. We now know that we must engage both emissions reductions and net negative emissions strategies (such as Carbon Farming) to both protect our planet from catastrophic climate change (4 degree Celsius warming by end of century), and to ensure that we lower Earth’s temperature. In addition to educating on the climate change mitigating and ameliorating benefits of Carbon Farming, we also focus on the primary and ancillary benefits of increasing soil carbon levels, including the enhancement of the soil’s water holding capacity and increases in net primary productivity.

carbon farming photo by Paige Green

Symposia

Fibershed hosts an annual Wool Symposium for a sold out crowd each year in mid-November. The event functions to cross pollinate urban and rural communities by bringing together designers, farmers, ecologists, scientists and the general public to hear about topics that range from place-based breeding practices to designer & farmer clothing collaborations. The event includes a marketplace and free demonstrations to the public on sheep shearing, spinning, weaving and natural dyeing.

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Hands-on Education

Fibershed’s hands-on workshops provide experiential education that both generates awareness, and teaches the necessary skills within our community to build and sustain our regional soil-to-soil fiber system.

yurt felting workshop, photo by Dustin Kahn

Educational Curricula

These curricula for children are imbued with hands on projects and multi-sensory activities that support them in developing a deeper understanding of their bioregion through taking part in projects that include ecological restoration and material culture creation. Lessons are guided to help students understand how we can meet human needs while caring for the natural systems from which we depend.

toyon natural dye, photo by Dustin Kahn