Category: Wool

Carbon Farming and Co-Benefits at PT Ranch

Written by Koa Kalish and photographed by Paige Green At PT Ranch, 525 acres sit at the base of the Sierra mountains, where melted snowcap hydrates the land. Historically, with the abundance of moisture in the soil, grass has grown plentifully. But with the increasing droughts, the Taylor family, including Molly, her sister Madeline, her […]

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To Be Farming and Fortunate

Written by Marie Hoff & Photographed by Paige Green To arrive at Fortunate Farm, you have to drive along the California coast, either north or south, passing some of the most epic viewsheds to be seen on Coast Highway 1. The farm is hours away from any major city, and just south of Fort Bragg, […]

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A Spinner’s Flock at Ewe & Me 2 Ranch

Written by Marie Hoff and photographed by Paige Green “Did you do crafts before you got into fiber arts?” I ask Bev Fleming, while looking at stacks of magazines covering subjects from quilting to bread baking to Christmas ornaments in her fiber studio. “Everything,” she responds immediately, without missing a beat. There is not a […]

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Fine Fleece at Stone Steps Farm

Written by Amanda Fisk and photographed by Noelle Gaberman  In the scenic Nicasio Valley of Marin County, Stone Steps Farm is a small, family farm breeding Pygora goats, mini Nubian goats, and Gotland sheep. Animals of all three breeds are friendly, gentle, and small enough to be handled and transported easily. Leigh, her husband John, […]

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Landscape as a Whole at the Hulsman Ranch

Written by Sarah Lillegard and photographed by Paige Green There is a term shepherds use for hill sheep that have become bonded with a specific area of the landscape: hefting. These sheep live and graze without fences by becoming bonded to a location. This bond is passed on each generation so that the flock maintains a […]

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From Sheep to Shawl: Family Fun at UC Elkus Ranch

Written by Sasha Wirth and Photographed by Koa Kalish It’s a bright summer day. Children are chasing chickens and sheep are being shorn. Lambs and baby goats wobble and prance about. The sounds of laughter and delighted squeals mix with the throaty crowing of a rooster. Around 300 visitors have come to UC Elkus Ranch […]

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Choreography and Skill: How Sheep are Sheared

Written by Marie Hoff with photography by Paige Green except as noted Shearing is that unique seasonal dance between human and fiber animal. It’s the act that offers us wool and fine fibers to wear, knit, and sleep upon. But for people outside the agricultural sphere, shearing can appear as a cause for confusion or […]

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