Farmers, textile makers and a newly reopened fleece-processing mill are among supporters of the launch of the Vancouver Island Fibreshed project, which aims to help build a local textile industry.
A fibreshed is defined as a geographic region that provides all the resources that go into the making of textiles including animal or plant-based fibres, dyes, processing and manufacturing.
...the fibreshed for Vancouver Island and surrounding islands encompasses about 150 square miles.
The goal of the project is to help create a local fibre economy on Vancouver Island by providing support for farmers to raise more fibre-producing animals and crops, and ensure links to processors and markets for products.
Are you sure this survey is really a survey ?
...a publicity thing in disguise or some sort of thing to put pressure on other powers to help them local govt maybe ? ( look we can create jobs for example so give us XXX)
Their gofundme thing is a bit concerning too as I don't fully understand what the money is for.
David Livingston wrote:You don't like Facebook ?
Barbara Johnstone wrote:Thank you for all of the information posted on this thread about the Vancouver Island Fibreshed. I have spoken with Lynda Drury of the Vancouver Island Fibreshed initiative, and have visited the new wool mill in Saanich. I am working on an article for Country Life in BC, and as a sheep producer (and fibre producer with a container full of wool) I am hopeful for anything that keeps us from wasting this resource. I would love to have a locally-woven rug or blanket, but as a farmer I do not have the time or skills. We all need to work together and support each other. Thanks again for such an informative thread.
We are also producing a newsletter to keep people informed.
We are involved in outreach and talking with sheep, alpaca and llama farmers to find out from them what is needed to improve fleece quality.
We are also focusing on the end user, to establish more market connections and how to best link the farmers with the end users.
This is a huge project and we are welcoming those who can provide links to farmers, makers and end users to contact us.
We are so glad to be affiliates of Fibershed and therefore participating in their presentations and learning from the masters on how to do this effectively.
I see some of you have concerns about our integrity.