Why FiberME 2013?
You won’t want to miss FiberME 2013, this year’s new and revised week long fiber tour of fabulous Maine fiber sites. Artists’ studios, farms, mills, galleries, and educational locations are so interesting and all while you enjoy the beauty of coastal Maine in the peak of summer. While you can find a list of all of the weeks visits and activities on our website, we wanted to fill in some details about two of the new visits that we’re excited about for this summer.
The newly founded Maine Top Mill in Waldoboro is a new venue this summer. The Mill started up operations in April, 2012, as a center for processing small batch, high grade top from local alpacas and sheep, offering small farmers and growers a place to have their high quality fiber processed, and contributing to sustainable local fiber production while helping to sustain a rural farming lifestyle.
The Maine Top Mill is also an educational center with a classroom/workspace where classes in grading, animal nutrition, and fiber arts are being scheduled.
The Maine Top Mill is involved in several areas of research including animal nutrition, fiber blending to foster better quality and stronger animals and fiber, and creating new combinations of compatible natural fiber blends. Some of their early experiments in fiber blending include bamboo and silk.
Cloud Hollow Farm in Waldoboro owned by Bob and Erin Weintraub will be another high point of our tour. The Weintraubs breed animals recognized for high quality fiber, plus they offer stud service and sell their animals for fiber production and companionship.
The Maine Top Mill and Cloud Hollow Farm are excellent examples of ongoing efforts to strengthen a sustainable rural farm lifestyle in Maine. Both Cloud Hollow Farm and Maine Top Mill have researched and installed more efficient lighting (through the use of LED lights), solar technology for heating and hot water, and introduced waterfowl (ducks and geese) for pest control. Both are dedicated to developing a higher quality lifestyle and a gentler impact on Maine’s environment.
For more information, check out all the details of FiberME 2013. Learn about each day’s destinations and the artists we’ll be visiting. More postings are coming soon but don’t wait to sign up!