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Rooting the Fashion Revolution in the Soil

This year’s Fashion Revolution Week just wrapped up but the movement for transparency, accountability, and shifting the norms of a harmful and wasteful industry is gaining more traction and momentum than ever.
Jess Daniels provides research, communications strategy, and project management for Fibershed. She coordinates the Fibershed Affiliate Network and is an avid maker and explorer of slow fashion.
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Indigo in Hand at Red Twig Farm

It all started with a gift: fifty tiny seedlings, exchanged from one woman’s hands to another. The seedlings were Polygonum tinctorium, whose body is made of glassy green almond-shaped leaves, tiny pink flower buds, and whose dye creates the infamous world-renowned deep blue our eyes love to drink and our hands love to touch.
Written and Photographed by Kalie llana Cassel-Feiss
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Eating More Sustainably in 2017, Parts 1 and 2

The world population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050. In order to accommodate all the extra mouths to feed, food calorie production needs to increase by about 70 percent. We must find a way to meet the growing demand for food while contending with climate change and drought conditions and also addressing poverty and hunger. There are viable ways to increase food output without putting additional strain on our current resources.
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Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station: What Happens Now?

"It’s hard to think of a worse place to store radioactive waste than feet from the beach at San Onofre, which is in the proximity of millions of people, one of the state’s most popular state parks, and home to some of California’s best surfing areas," said Dr. Chad Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation.
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Long Live Oregon Beaches: Celebrating 50 Years of Public Beaches

With this new year comes at least one significant political outcome “we the people” in Oregon can actually celebrate, it’s the 50th Anniversary of the passage of Oregon’s Beach Bill! This landmark legislation guarantees access and makes public Oregon’s 362 miles of beaches and the movement to pass this legislation forever made beaches a birthright for Oregonians and visitors from around the world.
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Always Good Natured: Skyelark Ranch

Alexis and Gillies Robertson, the team behind Skyelark Ranch, both come from environmental conservation backgrounds. Their interest in, and commitment to, sustainable agriculture is born of this background, and it is present in every aspect of how they manage the 120 acres that make up the ranch.
They are interested in agriculture and ecology as complementary to one another, rather than in opposition to one another. As Alexis puts it, their aim in farming is to maintain “a really light touch on the ground.”
Written by May Reid-Marr and photographed by Alycia Lang
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How to Dispose of Batteries

There are lots of simple ways to make sure your home is Earth friendly. However, many people hit a stumbling block when it comes to the proper storage and disposal of household batteries. While rules vary from state to state, in California all batteries are considered hazardous waste and must be recycled or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility.

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Revitalizing Wool: One Dish Mat at a Time

What to do with wool too course for yarn? Could something purposeful and beautiful come from this?
Written by Sasha Wirth and photographed by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss, with landscape and sheep photos by Paige Green
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6 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Use this tips to reduce food waste in the new year!
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Cage-Free Sounds Good, But Does it Mean a Better Life for Chickens?

What is a good life for an egg-laying hen?

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Fibershed Knitalong

Explore your fibershed through a collaborative community event: the Fibershed Knitalong. To know a place is to love a place, and this year we invite you to deepen your understanding of your region through connecting with local fiber producers and creating a garment. Beginning at the 2016 Wool Symposium on November 19th, we will cultivate a community knitalong following a shawl pattern designed by Emily Cunetto.
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Ambatalia: A Non-Disposable Life

Walking into Ambatalia is walking into the home of a patchwork of fabrics of the utmost quality: vintage linens, handspun and woven cottons; various objects sewn into utilitarian tools to fit Ambatalia’s tag line, “for a non-disposable life.”
Written and photographed by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss
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Bringing Plants To The People

Deepa Natarajan is studying the many different ways people have cultivated and used plants as medicines throughout history. By looking closely at the process used in Ayurvedic cloth dyeing, she started to wonder at the effect synthetic dyes have on our skin - the largest organ of the body.
Written by Kara Fleshman, photographed by Alycia Lang
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ImagiKnit: Haven in the Heart of San Francisco

What would bring a lawyer, a physical therapist and a biotech consultant together? Knitting - naturally!
Written by Sasha Wirth and photographed by Paige Green
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Knitting by Radius

Shelli Westcott describes her world through touch and tactility; color and arrangement play a role, but texture, hand, and layering are forefront. This explains why she felt it was imperative that she dig her hands deeply into the creation of the second series of Radius Yarn for her shop, Knitterly.

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From Fashion to Fabric: Questions of Origins

Our clothes represent the way we want to the world to see us. They can take a very complicated route to us - Nicki Taylor spent a year sourcing what goes into a single outfit. Her results surprise, and have us asking "Who Made My Clothes?"

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Who Grew Our Clothes?

When we ask ‘who made our clothes’ we come into contact with a suite of global supply chains that connect what we put on our skin each day to human-operated cut & sew facilities, finishers, knitters or weavers, yarn spinning, carding, washing, ginning, or fossil fuel extraction for resin chips (for synthetic fibers), and in the case of natural fibers—we end up back on the farm.

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Building the Fashion Revolution

Andrea Plell is the founder of Ecologique Fashion an ethical and sustainable fashion consultancy based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2007, Plell has put her background in business and marketing to work to change the fashion industry, from creating editorial content to coordinating fashion shows.
She spoke with Fibershed to share more about how her professional path has evolved, the significance of Fashion Revolution, and what each of us can do to join the movement.

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Climate-Beneficial Wool

How does raising sheep for wool in a sustainable way impact climate change? How does Carbon Farming help restore balance in a way that helps build resilience to drought while also increasing agricultural productivity naturally? Welcome to the future of Climate-Beneficial Wool.

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A Seed Change Leads To Sustainability

So often we view big business as the enemy of the environment and sustainability. We focus on corporate irresponsibility and the damage that their growth and manufacturing practices cause. But thanks to the persistence of consumers calling for greater responsibility and accountability, some of the largest corporations are taking notice and doing something about it, implementing a significant seed change to get to zero waste that is completely altering their business.

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Classical Cotton Breeding

Enhancing nature’s time-tested processes or Engineering… the difference between this phrase and word is a clear line in the sand that divides many millennia of human efforts to breed plants and animals, and the contemporary field of genetic modification.

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Cusp Of A Revolution

Right at the crook of California, nestled between state lines like a secret, is a valley: and in that valley, at her own intersection of worlds, stands a woman. Her toes have crept over into the unknown, but her heels remain planted in compost-rich soil. That woman is Lani Estill, rancher and fiber artist behind the esteemed Bare Ranch located in “Surprise Valley;” a land that locals call the Tricorner Region for its seat at the border of California, Oregon, and Nevada.

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Sustainable Seafood: 3 Expert Tips!

Despite the multitude of health benefits of eating more seafood, Americans only eat 44 percent of the recommended amount of seafood, and less than 40 percent of it is eaten in the home. We'll help you pick sustainable choices, and even share some recipe tips to cook it yourself!

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Why Natural Dyes?

What do the clothes we wear have to do with ocean pollution? More than you think...
People have made and used natural dyes using locally available plant, mineral and even insect sources for thousands of years. Today, choosing natural dyes over the chemical alternative is more important than ever.
Here are four compelling reasons to choose natural dyes:

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Colored Cotton

I can’t just say cotton. You’d think I was talking about the white stuff. The fluff on your q-tips. The sheets on your bed. The underwear in your drawer. The crop on the plantation. If it’s not white in this world, we always have to specify.
There are plants that produce their own colors, and that have germinated, grown, and died for over 7,000 years. There are greens, reds, pinks, yellows, and browns that come through solid and striated on plants that have been discovered, developed, protected, and utilized by humans throughout Africa, South Asia, China, and South and Mesoamerica for thousands of years. And when we hear cotton, we think white.

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Locally Made: Furniture and Forests

It’s a classic case of not seeing the forest for the trees. While wood is a renewable resource, unfortunately, many logging activities in the tropics are done without regard to the forest ecosystem.

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Locally Made: Fashion & Fibers

Before there’s fashion, there are fibers. But do you know where your fibers come from?

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Rhapsody In Blue: Kori Hargreaves Perfectly Imperfect Life

We drive up the windy country road on an early fall afternoon in Bonny Doon near Santa Cruz, to see what Kori Hargreaves is doing with hyper-local fibers and dyes.
The light filters through the leaves of tall redwoods and oaks, and we emerge at a clearing, where Kori is processing indigo on the deck outside her yurt. With a B.A. in plant biology and studio arts from UC Davis, Kori is a second-generation agroecologist and artisan.

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The Get-It-Done Girl

In an age of memoirs-turned-movies, it is not uncommon to hear about being in “the right place at the right time.”
However, for Robin Chapin Pilatti—artisan and businesswoman behind “Fleece to Garment”—one thing is clear: her introduction to the world of fiber has been more than a happy coincidence.

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Pioneering Modern Natural Dyes

There’s a duality to natural dyeing that Kristine Vejar embraces:
the naturalist and plant pigment explorer; the scientist and careful recipe creator. She approaches natural dyeing with detailed consideration, testing each recipe for reproducibility, scalability, and the subtle variation that occurs when dyeing on different yarn bases for the in-house A Verb for Keeping Warm yarn lines,
and she has poured this approach into her forthcoming book, The Modern Natural Dyer.

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A Journey Into the Blue

Craig Wilkinson has been immersed in the holistic and ecologically conscious practice of biodynamic farming since 1998.
“It [Biodynamics] is really the beginning of my story,” Craig explains. When answering the question of what got him “into the blue” Craig says it all started nearly 20 years ago, before he ever considered growing and processing indigo crops.

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CA Plastic Ban: A Prop. of Compassion & Mindfulness

Walking out of the market, it suddenly hit me. Something different. Oh, that’s right. No one asked me if I would like to buy a bag for ten cents, and my two hands carried one plastic food-stuffed bag each. I wondered how long I had been unaware of the change. My life gets messy. I run around some days not knowing whether I’m coming or going and plan my daily meals in my car on the fly, both products of a frenetic, over-scheduled life of parent and professional.

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Welcome to the Borderlands

The sun is shining over the green hills though gentle showers continue to fall over Windrush Farm and all the creatures residing there.
Mimi waits for us clad in a cherry red felted pull over at the door; we are late and so we dive straight into a buzzing hour of morning chores.

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How to Create a Farm-to-Table Meal

By now, the term “farm to table” is probably a familiar one, with connotations of locally grown produce taking a starring a role in your meal.
But lets dig deeper, asking the questions of how, and more importantly, why?
Gustavo Esteva states it simply as “customs and rituals surrounding the growing, preparation and serving food are at the heart of community and communion”. Coming together for meals is a celebratory way to share ideas, and find inspiration from one another.

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Black Mountain Farm: Old World Meets New

For Marnie, Black Mountain farm is not an endeavor in financial gain, it’s about teaching and learning and getting involved in the exquisite, dirty, poignant elements of life.
She chose to extricate her children from the contemporary adolescent experience of digital existence and ground them in life on the earth in the way that she was on the farm in Italy.
If you’re up for an adventure of your own you can wander down into the Nicasio Valley and find Marnie and her farm; there you can get a taste of the new Old World and peruse the farm’s products such as eggs, honey, jam, lamb, hand and mill spun wool and wonderful hand-knit hats.

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Barinaga Ranch — Inspired by Ancestral Traditions

Overlooking Tomales Bay, in the hills above the small town of Marshall, lies Barinaga Ranch.
This special place in the Marin countryside grew out of a vision inspired by Basque ancestors and plenty of hard work by Fibershed producer member Marcia Barinaga and her husband Corey Goodman, a neuroscientist and biotech entrepreneur.

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N. CA Dye Mushrooms: A Closer Look

Dyeing with mushrooms is a relatively new practice that gained popularity in the 1970s. There is no better time than now to pay closer attention to the resources available to us in the means of local, renewable dye sources, as we work to build a healthier planet and support our local ecosystems.rnMushroom dyes have a lot to offer in the way of color and availability. They come up when the fungal organism is ready and offer themselves to our basket; much like ripe fruit from the garden. Here’s a look at sustainable ways to work with these valuable pigments and incorporate them into our regional dye palette.rn

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The Indigo Project

For nearly 5,000 years, in almost every culture on earth, indigo plants of many species have been prized for the intensely beautiful blue pigment they impart. Japanese indigo, or Polygonum tinctorium, is a species of indigo that grows well as an annual crop in temperate North America, and it has captured the interest of our local Fibershed community.
After traveling in Southeast Asia a number of years ago, Fibershed founder Rebecca Burgess was inspired to grow local forms of natural blue. She began at the garden scale, and after several years of small scale backyard projects, she was motivated to increase regional access to indigo year round.

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In Defense Of Sustainable Food

We examine what GMOs are and how they affect our global food systems.
In a recent LA Times op-ed article entitled “Chipotle’s Junk Science on GMOs” by Steven Sexton, professor of public policy and economics at Duke, and David Zilberman, professor of agricultural and resource economics at UC Berkeley (and consulting scientist for Monsanto), many claims regarding GMOs and their relationship to sustainability and the health of our environment were made. We believe many of these claims to be misrepresenting the truth, and would like to share more information as to why.

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Co-ops & The Next Clothing Industry

Three simple words: Made In _________. This phrase, adorning nearly every item of clothing in our closets, is a frustratingly simple explanation of garment manufacturing.
For many, these tags are a source of concern – we wonder about the working conditions and wages of those who make the clothes on our backs, and what we can do to support better practices. But garment manufacturing doesn’t need to be synonymous with sweatshops, in fact it’s a source of tremendous potential for creating just, sustainable livelihoods, and a thriving local economy.

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From Sheep to Shop

Jackie Post is living the fiber lover’s dream at her farm in Vacaville, California, where she settled around four years ago with her husband Leonard, who works as a scientist, but grew up on a farm in Michigan and raised sheep in 4H. The opportunity to purchase an additional adjoining property and expand to 12 acres came about earlier this year, so now Jackie has plenty of room for her growing fiber arts business, aptly named Sheep to Shop.

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Full Belly, Full Heart

Full Belly is a farm of divine splendor. As the name suggests, it is a wholesome place, pregnant with happiness, abundance and good health. Walking down the long rows of bright produce bursting from well-cultivated soil, the iniquity of our world seems to dissipate and is replaced with a feeling of general goodness.
We explore Full Belly’s 400 certified organic acres with Dru Rivers, who founded the farm with her husband, Paul.

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Weaving Without Limits

In an ecosystem, a limiting factor puts pressure on a population, eventually leading to adaptation. For Fibershed artisan and weaver Ama Wertz, limiting her materials to Fibershed-sourced yarns and natural dyes has been a welcome pressure that fuels her design process and builds community.
Many tapestry weavers would be “horrified by having only 8 colors,” says Ama, sitting in her sun drenched Oakland studio, but for her, “designing from a Fibershed point of view has changed the way I think about designs.” From exhaust bath dyeing to a fascination with the concept of decay and the process of colors shifting with exposure to the elements over time, Ama has found exciting – and plentiful – adaptations.

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A Lifelong Love Of Fiber Arts

Colleen Simon has enjoyed an interest in fiber arts for as long as she can remember. She learned to knit as a child growing up in Minnesota, and recalls with fondness how she was intrigued by the spinning wheel in her mom’s attic.
In addition to knitting and spinning, Colleen learned to weave and to felt, and felting has become her current love.
We are grateful to Colleen and others in the Vacaville community that have joined our Fibershed Producer program — inspiring us by sharing their stories and knowledge, and building local fiber resources through their love of fiber arts.

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Sustainability Begins with a Local Culture

While mass production has afforded us unparalleled convenience, we have come to learn in the last several years that it comes at a great cost. As we experience rising health epidemics, waning resources, and accelerated climate change, it’s becoming clear to all of us that this is not a sustainable system. But what can we as individuals do to change and create a solution that benefits us now and future generations?

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10 Reasons To Eat Grass-Fed & Cage-Free Meat

Eating less meat is good for the environment. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on meat all together. There are still ways you can make a difference.
It takes nearly 650 gallons of water to raise, process, and transport meat for just one burger. Factory farms consume fossil fuels, emit more greenhouse gas emissions than cars, and cause 80% of the world’s annual deforestation.
Choosing to support local farms that raise animals in an ethical manner with consideration of the environment is one easy and very positive way to spend your food dollar.

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Conscious Consumption: Vote with Your Dollar

The journey of our “stuff” begins long before it arrives in our homes. The final product is a result of many processes: harvesting, processing, dyeing, building, mixing, printing, shipping, etc. At every step of the way is the potential for environmental degradation, pollution, human rights issues, health risks and more.
As disheartening as this may seem, as major contributors to the problem, we are both responsible for and capable of generating a solution. Here are some easy ways to make a difference!

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Sustainable Food = An Abundant Future

Imagine a forest- a lush, thriving, living forest. It’s so alive and so productive you can almost feel it breathe. What creatures call it home, and what grows there? Now, imagine that this forest is filled with food. This food forest grows what you need.
This food forest is like any other forest— a rich, diverse, thriving ecosystem; a resilient habitat in which each species gives more than it takes. Yet there is a fundamental difference: a food forest sustains itself and provides for others.

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6 Proven Reasons to Have a Native Garden

A native garden drastically reduces your water use, waste production and maintenance hours. It improves biodiversity, ecosystem services and human health.
It may seem that an abundant and biodiverse native garden is a lot of hard work and requires a high amount of investment to create and maintain. The reality is happily different.

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