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Sponsor Thank You – Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm

Marthas Vineyard Fiber Farm

I’d like to thank Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm for being my first big sponsor. If you’re not already familiar with this amazing venture please allow me to introduce you. Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm is the first yarn and fiber CSA, giving knitters and spinners the chance to buy a share in the fleece the farm’s well cared for animals will produce each year. The farm was started by Susan Gibbs and Patrick Manning after they fell in love and decided to make some big changes to their lives. You can read more here and get acquainted with the animals on the farm with Who’s Who at the Fiber Farm part one and part two. Also meet their extraordinary farm dogs.

baby goat Arno at Marthas Vineyard Fiber Farm

Susan keeps a fantastic blog called A Shepherd’s Tale about what is going on with the farm and just last weekend they had their first baby goat of the season, an adorable pile of soft curls. His name is Arno (they are naming the baby goats after fonts this year!). More babies are coming and you can keep an eye on the very popular LambCam.

You can find Yarn CSA shares in the shop, and it’s well worth noting that there are also “spinner’s shares” for those who make their own yarn. As a shareholder you can visit the farm during the annual shearing festival. The farm also sells yarns made from their animals, both dyed and undyed. I had the opportunity to touch some of the yarns a year or so ago and it’s delightfully soft and squishy. Later this year Susan and Patrick will have a book coming out about their experiences.

I’ve been following Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm for a while now and I’m so delighted to see that they are expanding and keeping animals on Patrick’s family farm in the Hudson Valley. They are planning on adding bees, and chicken and ducks for the eggs this year. I’m really excited to read about everything they have going on this year and for many years to come.

· comments [15] · 04-13-2009 · categories:sponsor thank you ·

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Seanna Lea // Apr 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I love Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm and was horribly excited that they have a Hudson Valley CSA as well.

  • 2 just barrie // Apr 13, 2009 at 10:27 am

    This is too exciting and how great it is to have a big sponsor from someone that actually means something to you and your hobby! Seems like the perfect addition to your site. Bravo kid.

  • 3 Faye // Apr 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I’ve been watching and admiring this company, too. I love their mission, the fact that they are a fiber CSA and how they’ve brought the two farm entities together under fiberfarm. com. Even their logo is love, great job kudos to whoever designed it. I plan on buying a share, and I don’t even knit right now!

    It’s so nice that you highlight your sponsors, Megan.

  • 4 CakeSpy // Apr 13, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Congratulations! It’s great to see your first big sponsor also happens to be an awesome one! I just sent their link on to my aunt who lives on the Vineyard too!

  • 5 Andrea // Apr 13, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I respect their mission as well and LOVE the lambcam! Welcome to the farm, little Arno – you’re so cute and soon will be surrounded by 15 other newbies.

  • 6 Patti // Apr 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    And they have a Lambcam! http://www.fiberfarm.com/lambcam

  • 7 Patti // Apr 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Argh, I read your post too fast, you mentioned the Lambcam. :P

  • 8 Mary // Apr 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I found your website while reading Susan’s! I’m not vocal, but I visit your site often as a result. Gotta love those lambies!

  • 9 Lilly // Apr 13, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Wow, there’s 24/7 lambcam during the lambing season! I can see ‘em checking in on the moms-to-be.

    Congrats on the great sponsor!

  • 10 christine // Apr 14, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I really enjoyed reading about this and reading their blog – you have a fun blog that I read all the time!

  • 11 Elana // Apr 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Love the MVFF, and addicted to the LambCam. I think I heard of them first here, and I bought a share that day (waiting on the spring 09 shearing). Thanks for letting us all know about them!

  • 12 wende // Apr 16, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I’m so glad you’re highlighting your sponsors! And you’ve done SUCH a nice write up! Lovely lovely.

  • 13 Christina Maria // Apr 19, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Great post. I love reading about people working in textiles and natural fibers.

  • 14 Arlene Smiley // Apr 19, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I love sheep and this website is so cool. i plan on buying some undyed yarn for my next project

  • 15 MsGourmet // Apr 27, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Such a gorgeous photo

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