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Our Fibershed Stories – Heidi Lantz-Trissel of Simple Hill Farm

Simple Hill Farm winter

Last year while skirting fleece, Heidi listened to Fibershed by Rebecca Burgess.  She was thrilled to learn about the fibershed movement to create locally based fiber systems to connect and educate how we clothe ourselves with caring for the environment. But this wasn’t a sudden revelation for this local wool producer. Ever since learning about global warming in […]

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Why a Fibershed?

by Gretchen Frederick   I am a person who avoids the why question like…the virus. In our capitalist dominated society, the why of things is answered by profit. Since we moved to a homestead size farm in 1991, any rational, financial evaluation would tell us to give the farm up. Why raise sheep when you […]

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Our Fibershed’s Vibrant Community: One Shepherd’s Perspective

by Martha Polkey, Black Sheep Farm, Luckett’s VA There is a wealth of activity on the fiber front in the Chesapeake Fibershed, particularly among producers marketing to fiber artisans—spinners, knitters, weavers, and felters. A number of area fiber festivals help connect buyers and sellers, offering classes to new and experienced fiberists, boosting enthusiasm and interactions. Some […]

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