Local Group Seeking to Connect WNC Fiber Farmers

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For farmers who raise wool sheep, fiber goats, or alpacas in Western North Carolina, please see the following post for more information about a new initiative to create a regional network for fiber farmers.


Local Cloth, a non-profit organization, received a small grant  n 2022 to create a new online map and database of fiber farms in the Blue Ridge Mountains Fibershed (farms located within a 100 mile radius of Asheville, NC). As part of this project, they are holding Fiber Farmer Listening Sessions in Western, NC:

March 1 at The Local Cloth Studio, 6-8 p.m., in Asheville, NC

March 2 at Cherry Mountain Farm, 1-3 p.m., in Rutherfordton, NC

March 3 at Two Roots Fiber Mill, 1-3 p.m., in Greeneville, TN

These gatherings are an opportunity to

  •  Become part of a new online map and database of fiber farmers in our region
  •  Discuss what resources you need to be successful and grow your market
  •   Contribute fiber samples to a sample book that will be shared with our region’s fiber artists and designers
  • Drop off a sample of your washed fiber for assessment with a micron tester and learn about its potential for value-added goods
  • Learn about the possibility of selling fiber to Local Cloth for the Blue Ridge Blankets Project
  • Connect with other farmers in your region for networking, community and support

They will have a guest speaker at each location, with topics including: agritourism, grants available to fiber farmers, and how to prepare your fiber for the mill.

Plus: Tours of Two Roots Fiber Mill and Cherry Mountain Farm.

These events are FREE and refreshments will be served.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

To register, please visit our website

Fiber Farmer Listening Sessions