Category: Reflections

Local wool – Where does it go? By Martha Polkey and Gretchen Frederick

There isn’t one answer.  Some small-scale fiber producers harvest their wool clip for sale to fiber enthusiasts; a few have a soup-to-nuts operation, transforming their farms’ fiber into finished products that they then market. One or two have launched into a farm-branded fabric with designers producing high-end goods for the luxury market. But the majority […]

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Our Fibershed Stories – Mary and Emma Kingsley of Lady Farmer

Mary and Emma Kingsley are the mother-daughter team behind Lady Farmer, a Maryland company that advocates sustainability in food, clothing and lifestyle.  Lady Farmer began in 2016 with a Kickstarter campaign to develop a sustainable apparel company.  Five years later, they have shifted from designing, sourcing, and marketing slow fashion apparel to curating already produced […]

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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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