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Building a United Nations of flax: Perspectives on Creating Small Scale Flax Growing and Processing Industries

January 28 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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This webinar hosted by Chico Flax of California includes a panel of experts from the United States, Canada, and Europe who are working to build viable regional flax-to-linen industries.  Speakers include small farmers who are undertaking flax production in collaboration with local universities, yarn manufacturers, and designers.  The webinar will address overcoming growing /production challenges, changing from hand processing to mechanical small scale mini mills to provide locally sourced fibers, seed production to meet the demands of a growing flax industry, and innovative partnerships working toward reestablishing a regionally based linen industry.

Webinar Host: Sandy Fisher, Chico Flax, Chico, California


  • Sarah Pottle and Jess Boeke, Rust Belt Fibershed and Cleveland Flax Project
  • Jeffrey Silberman, Fashion Institute of Technology (retired), Maple Shade Farm and New England Flax and Linen Study Group
  • Michelle Parrish, Western Massachusetts Fibershed and the New England Flax and Linen Study Group
  • Rosie Bristow, Essex, England.
  • Durl Van Alstyne, Chico Flax LLC, California
  • Patricia Bishop, Tap Root Fibre Lab, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Pascale Gatzen, The Linen Project, Netherlands
  • Shannon Welsh and Angela Wartes-Kahl, Fibrevolution LLC and Pacific Northwest Fibershed, Oregon

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Photos courtesy of: Chico Flax


January 28
9:00 am - 11:00 am