Climate and the Clothes We Wear

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THANK YOU to those who joined us on November 16, 2013, at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station, for the Second Annual Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium. And thanks to Valley Ford Mercantile & Wool Mill for the post-Symposium BBQ.

A sold-out crowd was in attendance for a fascinating series of talks about the carbon cycle and how we can help reverse climate change through the management of our farmlands and rangelands, about modern day shepherding, about natural medicine for our animals, and about Fibershed’s research on the California Wool Mill Project and our findings on the six-month-long Fibershed wool inventory project. The lectures at the 2013 Symposium were videotaped, and are available for viewing here.

In addition, the Fibershed Yurt made its debut appearance, and the pop-up Marketplace of Fibershed farmers and artisans brought us beautiful examples of the rich variety of fibers and creativity in our fibershed. These collaborations between farm and artisans are helping to build our connections to the land, and bring awareness to how we clothe ourselves.

There were also some of the first Ouessant sheep in California present, and Leslie Adkins of Heartfelt Fiber Farm and Marie Hoff announced their pilot grazing vegetation management program for the region’s vineyards. Robin Lynde of Meridian Jacobs brought two of her wonderfully colored Jacob sheep, and a beautiful display of some of our native dye plants was created by Roanne Kaplow of North Coast Native Nursery.

Gratitude to everyone who helped make this an amazing day, from the volunteers to the speakers, to the producers, to those who attended.

SPEAKERS:
John Wick – Sky to Skin: a Vision for Climate Beneficial Clothing
Jeff Creque – Discussion of the New Demonstration of Carbon Farming; results of five years of soil carbon research
Torri Estrada – The policy vision for funding carbon sequestration on grazed lands
Brittany Cole Bush – Ancient Futures: A New Generation of Shepherdess — intersection of technology and flock management
Robert Irwin –  A New Generation Shepherd: Stories from emerging economic and old school genetic models
Aaron Gilliam – Natural Medicine and New Generation Flock Management
Amber Bieg – Fibershed wool inventory project and wool mill feasibility study update

FARM & ARTISAN PRODUCERS:

Thanks to our sponsors too!

Black Mountain Artisans
Myrrhia Fine Knitwear
UCCE
A Verb for Keeping Warm
Marin Organic