Are you raising fiber producing animals in California? Would you like to see your ‘on-farm income’ increase, while seeing more people create goods with our locally raised fiber?
Help our region become strong and resilient, and fill out our grower’s survey! Our goal is to collect data on all sheep and fiber producing animals in California. If you operate a dairy, ranch, farm or homestead with one or more animals, this survey is for you. We appreciate you taking the time to answer the questions. (It should take about 20-25 minutes.)
Click here to get started.
Each rancher or farmer who completed the survey by June 1st was be entered in our raffle of fibershed goods. The raffle winners were selected from all 182 survey respondents by a random number generator.
- First prize (handwoven blanket by Robin Lynde of Vacaville) – Marcia Barinaga of Barinaga Ranch in Marshall
- Second Prize (hand knit hat by Kacy Dapp of Oakland) – Jackie Post of Woolly Acres Farm in Vacaville
- Third Prize (knit-felt hot pad by Jackie Post of Vacaville) – Carol Pasheilich of Tawanda Farms in Montague
Why are we doing this survey?
Fibershed is in the process of researching and analyzing California’s wool supply for quality, quantity, and land management practices, in collaboration with UC Davis Sustainable Agriculture Capstone interns.
An estimated 1.5 million pounds of underutilized or ‘waste’ wool is grown annually in the counties that comprise the Northern California Fibershed (see our map). Our wool mapping project will provide a first-ever visual and geographical analysis of its distribution, quality and quantity. We plan to utilize data from the Wool Inventory Map to assess the scale, scope and location of future fiber processing facilities.