2022 Impact Report

Letter from the Executive Director

(To download a PDF of the full 2022 Annual Report, click here).

Thanks entirely to you, our supporters and partners, I am proud to report on another phenomenal year for Fibershed. In our report, you will find more detail of our accomplishments in the 2022 fiscal year, but I will summarize by sharing that the Fibershed Affiliate Community grew to 58 grassroots groups working throughout the globe and that we built national-level partnerships to scale our Climate BeneficialTM Agriculture Program to four regions within the United States. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) committed funding to this work with $30 million in grant support over the course of five years. Within our home region, our producer program network grew to 189 farms, ranches, small manufacturers, and designers. This same producer community galvanized through a number of peer-to-peer events and our Carbon Farm Seed Fund—implemented 163 carbon farm practices with a drawdown impact of over 18,000 metric tons of CO2e. Our movement building work expanded with a 19% increase in newsletter signups, and we hosted 27 in-person workshops for 279 people at the Fibershed Learning Center.

Our board of directors and dedicated staff, interns, and volunteers have made all this work possible. Our partnerships with producers and other organizations in this space were invaluable to each and every advance. We are so thankful for our partnership with the National Center of Appropriate Technology, Colorado State University, the Carbon Cycle Institute, Seed2Shirt, the New York Textile Lab, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, and a host of incredible consultants, small businesses, and individuals.

With your support, we are knitting together the elements of a functional and sustainable fiber system here in California and beyond. Producers, manufacturers, consumers, and the planet are all experiencing the benefits of this work, and we are so honored to be a part of the solution.

Thank you,

Rebecca Burgess
Executive Director

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Fibershed is a California non-profit corporation exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.