Marian Bruno is a fiber artist residing and creating in Arlington, Virginia. She spent 30 years as a government antitrust lawyer and executive and is delighted to be applying her skills and experience towards building our regional fibershed.
Ann Coren is a retired chemistry teacher, on the steering committee of Transition Howard County, the chairperson of the Ecosystem Landscaping Committee, and a University of Maryland Extension Howard County Master Gardener specializing in gardening for pollinators. She is passionate about creating a sustainable healthy world and preserving biodiversity. Learning about native plant-based fibers and dyes, the growing of which support ecosystem services, is a new endeavor combining her love of gardening and chemistry. As a lace-maker she is experimenting with fibers from native plants, such as dogbane, a nectar plant for many butterflies including monarchs.
Margo Duesterhaus is President of Triple TeQ, a small consulting business that integrates people, processes and technology to create successful projects and organizations. She is a founding member of Transition Howard County and is on the Board of Directors for the Community Ecology Institute. Both organizations focus on fostering healthy, sustainable and resilient communities. She is an avid problem solver, loves innovation and is passionate about all things that are regenerative, including Fibersheds! She has lived most of her life in Maryland and currently calls Ellicott City home.
Gretchen Frederick is a founding partner of Solitude Wool. During her career as a graphic designer a desire came over her to have a farm. The homestead size farm came to be, and after eight years of commuting, graphic design was left behind for goats, garlic, sheep, and wool. Starting in 2006 with partner Sue Bundy, Solitude Wool was possibly the first company (in the modern age…) to create breed-specific yarns. Working with fleece from small farms in the Chesapeake Fibershed, she has touched many different breeds of sheep and their wool. Selecting fleece, skirting, designing yarns, dyeing, hauling, selling and working with all these types of wool seeps into your brain through your fingers!
Emma Kingsley is the daughter co-founder of Lady Farmer, a sustainable apparel & lifestyle brand based in Washington, DC. She also co-hosts and produces The Good Dirt podcast with her mom, a show that explores the connections between soil health and all aspects of a sustainable lifestyle. Her love for design, fashion, and regenerative agriculture all come together in her work with Chesapeake Fibershed – she is hopeful and enthusiastic about building a local fiber network that encompasses all aspects of the fiber supply chain.
Mary Kingsley is co-founder and owner of Lady Farmer, LLC, a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand that she runs with her daughter, Emma Kingsley. She and Emma also co-host The Good Dirt Podcast, a show that explores the connections between soil health and all aspects of a sustainable lifestyle. Mary lives on a small farm in Seneca, Maryland, with her husband and their resident sheep, ponies, chickens, dogs and a barn cat. She enjoys playing in her garden and growing various fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs for nourishing meals, home-grown medicinals and the plant-dyed textile goods she creates in her home dye studio. Mary shares her passion for a slower, more earth-centered and seasonal way of life through her teaching and writing, and is the author of the recently published Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living.
Martha Polkey has been raising sheep since 1984, and now shepherds a flock of white and natural colored Merinos at Black Sheep Farm in Loudoun County, Virginia, providing breeding stock for producers, quality fleeces for hand-spinners, and prepared fiber for felters. She has long been active in local, state, regional, and national shepherds’ organizations, forage and grassland councils, and currently serves as vice president/wool council with the Virginia Sheep Producers Association. She is editor of Maryland Sheep News, the quarterly publication of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association.