Vancouver Island Fibreshed has evolved since this thread has started. Their website is live and they are actively pursuing ways to improve our local fibreshed. http://vancouverislandfibreshed.ca/
Farmers, textile makers and a newly reopened fleece-processing mill are among supporters of the launch of the Vancouver Island Fibreshed project, which aims to help build a local textile industry.
A fibreshed is defined as a geographic region that provides all the resources that go into the making of textiles including animal or plant-based fibres, dyes, processing and manufacturing.
...the fibreshed for Vancouver Island and surrounding islands encompasses about 150 square miles.
The goal of the project is to help create a local fibre economy on Vancouver Island by providing support for farmers to raise more fibre-producing animals and crops, and ensure links to processors and markets for products.
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Are you sure this survey is really a survey ?
...a publicity thing in disguise or some sort of thing to put pressure on other powers to help them local govt maybe ? ( look we can create jobs for example so give us XXX)
Their gofundme thing is a bit concerning too as I don't fully understand what the money is for.
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Barbara Johnstone wrote:Thank you for all of the information posted on this thread about the Vancouver Island Fibreshed. I have spoken with Lynda Drury of the Vancouver Island Fibreshed initiative, and have visited the new wool mill in Saanich. I am working on an article for Country Life in BC, and as a sheep producer (and fibre producer with a container full of wool) I am hopeful for anything that keeps us from wasting this resource. I would love to have a locally-woven rug or blanket, but as a farmer I do not have the time or skills. We all need to work together and support each other. Thanks again for such an informative thread.
We are also producing a newsletter to keep people informed.
We are involved in outreach and talking with sheep, alpaca and llama farmers to find out from them what is needed to improve fleece quality.
We are also focusing on the end user, to establish more market connections and how to best link the farmers with the end users.
This is a huge project and we are welcoming those who can provide links to farmers, makers and end users to contact us.
We are so glad to be affiliates of Fibershed and therefore participating in their presentations and learning from the masters on how to do this effectively.
I see some of you have concerns about our integrity.
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Vancouver Island sheep farmers are dealing with too much wool.
Their sheep have to be sheared, but they don’t have enough purchasers willing to buy the wool.
“It’s not the value it used to have,” says John Buchanan, who has owned and operated Parry Bay Farms for the last 50 years....
Prices for wool have fallen dramatically over the years, with mass-produced synthetic fibers cheaper and easier to work with.
“When we started doing sheep, the white wool was a dollar a pound and the black wool was two dollars a pound because we sold it to Cowichan Tribes to make their sweaters,” said Lorraine.
But prices have fallen dramatically in recent years. According to Statistics Canada, the average price paid to Canadian wool producers just eight years ago was $1.54 per kilogram, on average, and even higher in B.C. at $2.04/kg.
Since then, prices have fallen to $0.69/kg nationally and $0.63/kg provincially.
In Canada, middle-sized farmers like the Buchanan’s at Parry Bay Farm say it doesn’t pay to get the wool off the sheep’s back.
“There are years we’ve had to burn it because it costs too much to bring it to Vancouver,” said Lorraine.
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Lina Joana wrote:
So, let me ask the question in a slightly different way. Lets imagine you are a sheep farmer, keeping as many sheep as one person can comfortably manage. Lets say the fibershed is thriving so that you can sell all the wool you produce. Lets say you are not interested/able to make clothing yourself.
Barbara Kochan wrote:A thing to keep in mind that a lot of folk (most?) don't know (in relation to not having enough time/money to clothe the family with hand-made woolens): when well made natural fiber clothing is washed with care and predominantly line-dried, it lasts a long, long, long time. I have twos hand-knitted wool sweaters that are moving into their 3rd generation of use (they were knitted by my 83 y o Mom's aunt).
C Murphy wrote:Thank you for all your effort you've put into this thread! I saw the flax to linen display at this year's fibre festival in Victoria. It's very inspiring. We just closed on 5 acres on a gulf island and once we clear some more of the land, I'd love to grow some flax. I have been slowly acquiring linen pieces and they really are fantastic for our climate.
Yeah, but how did the squirrel get in there? Was it because of the tiny ad?
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