Fibershed Learning Center

The Fibershed Learning Center is located at the historic Black Mountain Ranch in Point Reyes Station, California, the ancestral home of the Coast Miwok. The Learning Center is not yet open to the public, but it will host workshops and events that align with Fibershed’s public education mission. Full details to come.

Fibershed Learning Center

Fibershed’s Fast Track to Slow Fashion

Even if you don’t see yourself as a fashionista, consider this: the fashion industry — all the phases responsible for getting us dressed each day — creates more CO2 emissions than international flights and maritime shipping, combined. The pace of production and consumption has accelerated so quickly that one garbage truck of textiles goes to the landfill or incinerator every second. We call this fast fashion, and it has created a culture of clothing that is practically single-use. Another way is possible: we invite you to download the Fibershed Clothing Guide: a Menu of Actions & Options, to get started. (Photos by Paige Green)

naturally dyed clothes on a clothes line

Symposia

Fibershed hosts an annual Wool Symposium for a sold out crowd each year in mid-November. The event functions to cross pollinate urban and rural communities by bringing together designers, farmers, ecologists, scientists and the general public to hear about topics that range from place-based breeding practices to designer & farmer clothing collaborations. The event includes a marketplace and free demonstrations to the public on sheep shearing, spinning, weaving and natural dyeing. (Illustration by Amanda Coen, photo by Paige Green)

Carbon Farming

We work with both our member based producer community and the general public to support an understanding of what it means to draw down carbon from our atmosphere and into our soils, and the implications for this work in regard to the climate crisis. We now know that we must engage both emissions reductions and net negative emissions strategies (such as Carbon Farming) to do all that we can to remove the legacy load of carbon dioxide, re-balance emissions of nitrous oxide and methane, for the purpose of cooling global temperatures and moving towards climate stability. In addition to educating on the climate change mitigating and ameliorating benefits of Carbon Farming, we also focus on the primary and ancillary benefits of increasing soil carbon levels, including the enhancement of the soil’s water holding capacity and increases in net primary productivity. (Photos by Paige Green)

carbon farming photo by Paige Green

Regenerating Our Textile Systems

Regenerating Our Textile Systems Course

Learn how we can meet urgent climate goals through regenerating relationships between production and consumption. (Photos by Paige Green)

Hulsman Ranch, photo by Paige Green

Galas

Fibershed hosted its first Fashion Gala in 2013 as a means to demonstrate the beauty and efficacy of bioregional clothing through a sensorially enriching community building process. Teams of urban and rural talent worked together to create regionally grown and crafted Fibershed pieces, all of which were featured at an event where members of the community came to share a meal produced from many of the same farms and ranches where the fiber and dyes for the clothing were grown. Our organization was able to take this educational model to a new level in 2017, when we hosted over 300 members of the public for a Climate Beneficial Fashion Gala where attendees could see, touch and feel textiles that were produced by farms and ranches who are working diligently to build soil organic carbon as a means to re-establish healthy soils while supporting a global re-balancing of the carbon cycle. (Photos by Paige Green)

Fibershed Fashion Gala, photo by Paige Green

Wearing the Future

How Synthetic Biology Impacts Soil-to-Soil Systems was the topic for a panel discussion on synthetic biology and what its emergence into our lives and our clothing means for Climate Stability, Social Justice for Land Based Communities, and our Regional Economies. (Photos by Paige Green)

Green Rock Ranch, photo by Paige Green

Educational Curricula

These curricula for children support an understanding of place, through the intersection of restoration education and material culture. We explore the concepts of having human needs met while caring for the natural systems on which we depend. (Photo of students by Paige Green)

toyon natural dye, photo by Dustin Kahn