Sourcing Fleece: From Farm to Yarn
We believe in supporting local farmers and artists, as well as reducing our carbon footprint, which is why we do our best to source our fiber as regionally as possible. Sourcing regionally not only reduces emissions produced during transportation, but also supports local farms and businesses. The farmers we work with take great care of their animals - many of their animals are named and treated as beloved pets. Happy animals produce healthy, wonderful, guilt-free fleece that makes luxurious yarns and roving. All of our fiber is sourced from within the US, and the majority of it is just a drive from the mill.
We’ve compiled a list of farms that we source some of our fiber from, and are happy to report that with each year this list grows. We are happy to share this information for the sake of transparency, and in hopes that more customers and businesses can be connected through a stronger local fiber economy.
Foster’s Trail and Alpaca Farm breeds and sells elite huacaya alpacas in Cleveland, Tennessee. They started their farm in 2007 with a foundation herd chosen carefully based on their genetics. Foster’s also has a farm boutique where they welcome visitors from all over.
Lazy Acre Alpacas is a family run farm founded in 2000, and is located in Bloomfield, New York. They raise and breed both huacaya and suri alpacas. They also offer assistance with helping people start their future farms. You can tour their farm and even practice yoga with their alpacas!
Windy Hill Farm is located in the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains in Tryon, North Carolina. They have 120 blue ribbon and champion alpacas. The alpacas are housed in a large barn and 20 small barns where they welcome visitors to their farm. Windy Hill Farm is “the farm with the happy alpacas.”
Brackett Town Farms in Nebo, North Carolina is a non-profit petting farm aimed at helping people with disabilities and trauma, and is home to many different kinds of animals.
We also source from a number of smaller farms from Virginia and Maryland.
Ballyhara Farm in Mocksville, NC raise German angora rabbits and a number of other animals. “Ballyhara Farm is a family farm where we raise goats, chickens, and rabbits, and make beautiful things from wool and goat milk.”
Lupine Wood Farm is located in Alexander, NC and is run by our very own Yoko Deitrich. “Lupine Wood is on a knoll out in Alexander, NC. Only 20 minutes drive to downtown, but light years away in simplicity and peace.” Yoko has tips on how to raise rabbits and highlights their personalities on her website!
We work with Crabtree Creekside Farm in Burnsville, NC run by Arch and Carol Woodard. Arch is a retired doctor and discovered a passion for rambouillet wool a few years ago. They now raise chickens and rambouillet sheep. Their wool is the star of our Ranger line, using 10% in each skein to add to the softness of the yarn.
Everhope Farm in Mebane, NC provides us with all sorts of colors from her shetland sheep. She uses the wool from her flock for hand spinning yarn to weaving rugs. This wool will be used in our future projects, with the natural colors as the spotlight of the yarn.
We also work with small farms close by such as Little Oak Leaf Farm is located in Fairview, NC, Morning Star Farm in Canton, NC and a family farm outside of Charlotte, NC.
All textile artists know how hard it is to throw yarn scraps away. That is one of the reasons we came up with Recycled Yarn Collective, where we use these scraps and blend them with merino wool. Sometimes we use seconds from the mill but also Jujujust, Reform Fibers and Loome have all donated their yarn scraps to us!
If you are interested in selling your fiber, please call (828) 693-4237, or fill out the form below: