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.
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.