Kalie llana Cassel-Feiss

weaving looms

Weaving as a Way of Life at Oakland Fiber

Sheng rented the studio in November, bought the looms in December, set them up in January, and started teaching classes in February. She is currently working on her business plan, and is most passionate about weaving as a form of employment.

May 29, 2019

California Cloth Foundry

Bringing the Supply Chain to Life with California Cloth Foundry

Gracefully bringing together all the elements of locally grown, milled, and made organic fabric, Lydia Wendt’s work takes shape with California Cloth Foundry: textiles and apparel in collaboration with nature.

May 20, 2019

Free Hand Farm

Herdshare & Healthy Soil at Free Hand Farm

Melissa and Spencer lease from the ARC now with the agreement that the land is to be maintained as a working farm. Melissa is excited about soil testing, so they can show the Conservancy how soil health, viewed through carbon content and soil organic matter, can improve over time with proper livestock management.

November 2, 2018

Conserving Community at Blue Oak Canyon Ranch

Safely tucked into the San Miguel mountains northeast of San Luis Obispo, down a long ambling road that leads far away from cities, highways and all of civilization, warm late afternoon light falls and fills the golden hills surrounding Blue Oak Canyon Ranch. The two humble stewards of Blue Oak are Lynn and Jim Moody, who tell me that just a week prior, the grass was still green.

November 14, 2017

Multi-Colored Merinos at Kirabo Pastures

I was told that this was the land of the “Legendary Merinos.” Carrie and John have been shepherding these animals for the last three years, but the sheep themselves were a long-standing gift from John’s mother, Jean Near. In the 1940’s Jean’s father raised sheep in the neighboring Potter Valley.

August 21, 2017

Creating Artful Community with Marin Sewing Lab

A newer garment construction project is being birthed using Community Supported Cloth (CSC), a new Climate Beneficial Wool cloth supply chain lofted by Fibershed.

July 14, 2017

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