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Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm Yarn CSA giveaway

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 what’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.

· comments [790] · 10-19-2007 · categories:craft · knitting ·

790 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kitty ballou // Oct 24, 2007 at 8:41 am

    wow, that’s a great story and great idea. count me in!

  • 2 Merrily // Oct 24, 2007 at 9:29 am

    Oh, this would be the perfect gift for my mother who spins, knits, and weaves… That is if I can let resist keeping it for myself.

  • 3 Ashley // Oct 24, 2007 at 9:33 am

    Fiber CSA! What a great idea!

  • 4 mrspilkington // Oct 24, 2007 at 9:45 am

    ditto, ditto, ditto!

  • 5 Kelley CSmith // Oct 24, 2007 at 10:02 am

    La la la la lamby!
    La la la la lolipop!

  • 6 Becca // Oct 24, 2007 at 10:05 am

    My friend just taught me to crochet. I’d love to share this with her.

  • 7 Wendy // Oct 24, 2007 at 10:23 am

    How fun

  • 8 Sarah // Oct 24, 2007 at 10:56 am

    I’m definitely throwing my (knitted) hat into the ring.

  • 9 Jennifer // Oct 24, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Keeping my fingers crossed that I win!

  • 10 Anna // Oct 24, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Love it!!

  • 11 Patience // Oct 24, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Awww, look at the cute little sheepies! I’d love to sample the yarn from their fleeces….. :) Thanks for the chance.

  • 12 Andrea Haw // Oct 24, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Oh, Almighty Random Number Generator… Pick me, please.

  • 13 Delica // Oct 24, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Me me me!!! (waving hand frantically)

  • 14 Iris Westcott // Oct 24, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    Please include me in the contest. A CSA for fiber sounds like a wonderful idea. Hope it works out well for them.

  • 15 kathy // Oct 24, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    great contest!

  • 16 April Rose // Oct 24, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Oooo! So luscious! I’d love love love that yarn. I’m in!

  • 17 Rachna // Oct 24, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Wow! would luv to win this yarn! :).

  • 18 MK // Oct 24, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    baaa! needles are crossed…

  • 19 Kim // Oct 24, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Hope i’m not too late!

  • 20 Ann Lawson // Oct 24, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    better late than never. Just found this and the goats with the horns save me from a terrible funk! Even if I don’t win I am going to explore CSA’s for fiber in my area! thanks for spreading the word

  • 21 Stark // Oct 24, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    me too!

  • 22 Aimee // Oct 24, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    What a great idea. Count me in!

  • 23 gilliake // Oct 24, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Wonderful idea!

  • 24 deborah bosket // Oct 24, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    nice yarn :)

  • 25 megan // Oct 25, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Oh, how cool! I’d never heard of a yarn CSA. Enter me, please. :)

  • 26 mary ann // Oct 25, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    please me!

  • 27 paola maranan // Oct 25, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    such sweet pictures!

  • 28 Jen // Oct 26, 2007 at 5:30 am

    Oh please pick me! What a wonderful idea!

  • 29 billie gordon // Oct 26, 2007 at 6:58 am

    beautiful sheep, beautiful wool
    wonderful prize

  • 30 Leanne // Oct 28, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    My fingers are crossed – what a wonderul idea!

  • 31 jen coyle // Oct 28, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Count me in for the CSA contest!

  • 32 susan // Oct 29, 2007 at 10:15 am

    I really want to thank everyone who entered the giveaway drawing. We have a winner! All of your positive comments mean the world to me. (I printed them all and intend to read them again on winter days when I have to use a hammer to break the ice in the water troughs.)
    If you are going to be on the Vineyard please email me and be sure to plan a trip to the farm. And we would love to have all of you at our Shearing Day Celebration. Check our website in the spring for the date.
    Thanks again,
    Susan Gibbs
    Martha’s Vineyard FIber Farm

  • 33 Nichole // Oct 30, 2007 at 10:06 am

    This sounds great!

  • 34 Fiber fanatic // Nov 3, 2007 at 6:45 am

    I know that the contest is over but this is the first time I have seen this blog. Did the winner claim his/her prize? What a neat thing to offer.

  • 35 charity // Jan 24, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I would love a chance at a share…thanks for the chance!

  • 36 Cheri Sabraw // May 16, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Love your sheep and pictures. Would be honored to win some of their yarn! Best regards, Cheri

  • 37 Ann Hirsch // Jul 16, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Me too!

  • 38 amanda miller // Aug 6, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    I’d love to have real wool to knit with. I’ve been searching for wool yarn on the internet and its really expensive. I think that it’d be really neat to be given yarn, instead of always having to buy some.

  • 39 Holly P. // Aug 23, 2008 at 11:50 am

    I would love to be entered!!! Thanks :D

  • 40 Kiewies // Oct 22, 2008 at 2:08 am

    That is such a wonderful thing, I would love to win. *crosses fingers, sticks thumbs up*

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