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Flax in West Coast Fibersheds: Updates from Field to Mill

Shannon Welsh measuring flax growth, Organic farmer Nathaniel Powell-Palm; photos from Fibrevolution

Bast fibers have been highly regarded for beautiful, durable textiles throughout history and into the modern era. Over the past year, Fibershed’s Lead Process Engineer Nicholas Wenner has been connecting with bast fiber growers, researchers, processors, and artisans to better understand the state of soil to soil systems for these unique plants. This series examines […]

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A Relationship of Trust with Sierra Rose Alpacas

Written and photographed by Sarah Lillegard except as noted Sadie, at a week old, is running around the paddock dodging other alpacas as she makes her way up the hill and around the barn. She is one of two crias, (pronounced “kree-ah”) born this season at Sierra Rose Alpacas. Watching her unfettered laps through the […]

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One Acre Exchange: Curating a Hemp Art Show in North Carolina

One Acre Exchange hemp art show

By Tyler Jenkins One Acre Exchange supports the development of an agricultural economy centering the sustainability of farmers, workers, and the planet. In North Carolina and beyond, we support farmers and artisans in the growth and development of industrial hemp because of its tremendous potential to revitalize local economies and regenerate the environment. The focal […]

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A Spinner’s Flock at Ewe & Me 2 Ranch

Written by Marie Hoff and photographed by Paige Green “Did you do crafts before you got into fiber arts?” I ask Bev Fleming, while looking at stacks of magazines covering subjects from quilting to bread baking to Christmas ornaments in her fiber studio. “Everything,” she responds immediately, without missing a beat. There is not a […]

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California Cotton Fields: Sally Fox reinvented cotton — by going back to its roots

cotton plant, Sally Fox

Cotton is part of the broader California agricultural system wherein shifting practices opens pathways for whole systems regeneration. For the past year, and throughout a planting cycle, Fibershed has been visiting cotton growers throughout Northern and Central California in an effort to understand the system as it is. This is an examination formed through proximity […]

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Backyard-Raised Fiber at Bungalow Farm Angora

Written and photographed by Sarah Lillegard Driving around the neighborhoods of a large city, it’s hard to imagine that one of the little bungalow houses is a small-scale urban fiber farm. But, tucked into a street of large trees and wonderful afternoon sun is Bungalow Farm Angora.  From this house and home, Erin Maclean has […]

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Fine Fleece at Stone Steps Farm

Written by Amanda Fisk and photographed by Noelle Gaberman  In the scenic Nicasio Valley of Marin County, Stone Steps Farm is a small, family farm breeding Pygora goats, mini Nubian goats, and Gotland sheep. Animals of all three breeds are friendly, gentle, and small enough to be handled and transported easily. Leigh, her husband John, […]

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