We have CSAs for produce directly from farms, so why not for farms that raise animals for fiber? It makes sense to me but it’s not something I had ever thought about, so I was delighted when the good people at Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm contacted me to tell me about their Yarn CSA (the first ever!) and to offer one share of the 2008 CSA to a lucky Not Martha reader.
The share in the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm gives you a portion of the year’s yarn as well as “a shareholders certificate, weekly email updates on whatâ€™s going on around the farm and an invitation to our Shearing Day Celebration”. The people at the farm are very forthcoming to non-shareholders as well, on their site they have pictures of the flock, a page on their farm dogs and a blog telling us what’s going on. And what gift do you get for the knitter who has everything? A yarn CSA share would be perfection, no?
I was lucky enough to get to touch some yarn from last year’s shearing of Cormo Wool, it’s substantial and surprisingly soft. When I do the Touch It To The Back Of My Hand test it passes easily, and even as I type this I cannot stop reaching out to squeeze it. The yarn comes undyed, and the farm is anticipating that each shareholder will get 10 skeins the first year. They also offer Spinner’s shares for both roving and raw fleece. More details can be found on the site.
I asked Susan Gibbs about the Shearing Day celebration had this to report: “Our Shearing Day Celebration is going to be amazing. I am shooting for April. We will be inviting other friends and especially other sheep and wool people as well. Depending on the response we are either going to have a local cafe do box lunches or a buffet. I’m also going to ask some of the other yarn farms on Island if they like to set up vendor booths and sell their yarns. We have a pretty good fiber guild and I am going to try to schedule a someone to give spinning and weaving demos.”
Sounds lovely doesn’t it?
If you’d like to win a share to the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm CSA Spring 2008 Harvest please leave a comment on this post. Fine print: I’m the only one that can see the email address you enter (but don’t put it in the comment field), you don’t have to leave your real name if you don’t want to, if I have not heard from the first person in seven days a new winner will be chosen, if you have never left a comment here before I’ll need to approve it before it publishes so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away, the winner will be chosen by the random number generator. I’ll choose the winner on Wednesday, October 24th at 8:00 p.m. PST.
The CSA Share is worth quite a lot, so I want to say a hearty thank you to the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm and wish them a very good year.