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Dreams of Sheep at Shepherd’s Dream

Shepherd's Dream, photo by Paige Green

This is the first in a two-part series of interviews and visits to Northern California Fibershed producer members Shepherd’s Dream and the Woolgatherer Carding Mill. While intertwined, these individual businesses highlight the role of regional manufacturing using natural fibers. Both companies operate within the strategic geography of the Northern California Fibershed, which spans from San […]

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A Family History in Hats

Carol Frechette

Written by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss and Carol Frechette; Photography by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss, Lowell Downey and Paige Green Photo by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss In the early 1980s, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the small water-flanked town of Sausalito, lived Carol Frechette. There she lived and worked on boats, working with a sailmaker. Eventually […]

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Transhumance: a Revival of Grassland Culture

Transhumance Festival

Written by Ariel Greenwood & Photographed by Noelle Gaberman trans·hu·mance noun the action or practice of moving livestock from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle, typically to lowlands in winter and highlands in summer. Grassland, prairie, savanna—in some regions these landscapes are so ubiquitous that they are paradoxically invisible. They are everywhere, […]

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Rooted in Community: Chico Flax

Chico Flax Project, photo by Paige Green

Written by Sarah Lillegard & Photographed by Paige Green Tucked in by the entrance of the artisan barn at this year’s California Nut Festival is a booth that seems perfectly at home with its setting. The light from the open door is catching bundles of dry flax and the barn floor is slowly acquiring little […]

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An Ear to the Ground at Flying Mule Farm

Flying Mule Farm

Written & Photographed by Sarah Lillegard Arriving at Flying Mule Farm on the cusp of lambing season and on the heels of a snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the fields are damp with recent rain. Ewes and lambs call to each other and in the morning light.  It’s easy to get sentimental about spaces […]

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