Tag: wool

The Journey of Wool through Woolgatherer Carding Mill

This is the second 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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Sheepie Dreams Of Love And Dedication

Written by Taya Badgley; Photographed by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss If you ever find yourself in need of an inspiring excursion, or an excellent chutney recipe I suggest a visit to Sandra Charlton’s Sheepie Dreams farm. There’s a very good chance your outing will re-invigorate, and quite possibly leave you with a jar of chutney for […]

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Grazing At the Cutting Edge

Written by Erin Rae & Photographed by Paige Green “I want to tell the story of sheep.” states the bright, blue-eyed Robert Irwin, one of the owner/operators of Kaos Sheep Outfit. He looks up from under his ball cap and pauses to let that sink in while his hands continue to untangle a section of […]

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Noni’s Sheep

Written by Sasha Wirth; Photographed by Paige Green It began with only two sheep. Soon the two turned into eight. Then eighteen. Forty. Before long, Stemple Creek Ranch found itself with hundreds of sheep roaming the hillsides. “The first two sheep started off as my grandmother’s pets,” laughs Loren Poncia, the fourth-generation caretaker of land […]

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Wild Oat Hollow: Breeding Vitality

Written & Photographed by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss Bright and luscious, glowing from within. Reflective and plump in the piercing winter light — this is how the grass shone verdant on the day I arrived at Wild Oat Hollow, a small homestead situated on a flat two-acre parcel in the tiny town of Penngrove, California. Wild […]

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Always Good Natured: Skyelark Ranch

Written by May Reid-Marr and photographed by Alycia Lang Alexis and Gillies Robertson, the team behind Skyelark Ranch, both come from environmental conservation backgrounds.  Their interest in, and commitment to, sustainable agriculture is born of this background, and it is present in every aspect of how they manage the 120 acres that make up the […]

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Timeless Shepherding

Written by Marie Hoff and Dustin Kahn; photographed by Paige Green For Bill Jensen and his son, Jim, ranching is in their blood.  Jensen Ranch has been in the family since 1856, when Jim’s great-great-great grandfather, Joseph Irvin, emigrated to Tomales, California from Ireland.  Irvin Lane is still the name of the street where the […]

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Welcome to the Borderlands

Story by Caroline Spurgin, photography by Alycia Lang. The air at Mimi Luebbermann’s farm hums with organic magic. We arrive at Windrush Farm under a rainbow relinquished by the early morning showers that  left the earth damp and the air fresh. Purpled mustard greens poke up out of the grass around stoops and sidewalks, opalescent […]

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