Wednesday, October 20, 2010

announcing cold antler farm's fiber csa!

I have decided to start a Fiber CSA here at Cold Antler Farm. Inspired by the article my pal Ashley sent me, it seems like a great way to get Cold Antler Farm up and running. Here is how it works:

When you sign up for any Community Supported Agriculture Program you pay up front for products you reap throughout the year. In the world of fiber, this means you'd pay your subscription and then the farmer uses that money to run the joint and raise the wool. When the harvest is reaped (in this case sheared) you will be mailed the completed skeins you paid for in advance with your subscription. This first year I am limiting the membership to twelve people. I am fairly sure with five sheep I could take on more, but in this case I think it's better to start small. I'd rather have ten thrilled customers then twenty satisfied customers.

People who buy a share will receive a welcome packet that comes with a Thank you letter, the year's plan and projection, a list of future products, and a skein of this year's Cold Antler Farm yarn which is due to come in any day now. Then next spring When the Scottish Blackface sheep are shorn the wool will be sent off to a mill to be processed and you will receive that as well. I am expecting about 4-6 skeins of their yarn for each subscriber, as well as raw wool if so desired for your own processing and other little CAF treats I whip up.

This blog lets you watch your wool go from the first day its hooves hit the farm till the day they are sheared. I expect to have the first year's wool harvest back by August based on my partnership with Still River Mill in Connecticut. If you are seriously interested please email me at: jenna@itsafarwalk.com. First come, first subscribe!

51 Comments:

Blogger twistie said...

NICE!!! I LOVE that idea! Go Jenna Go Jenna!!

October 20, 2010 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

One down, thank you Sarah F!

October 20, 2010 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

Has anyone told you lately that you are BRILLIANT?!
Wish I could use the fiber, but I don't knit.
It'll be selling like hotcakes!
daisy

October 20, 2010 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Two down: thank you stacie!

ten spots left!

October 20, 2010 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Me said...

What a great idea Jenna, I've already sent you an email and can't wit to hear all the details!

October 20, 2010 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Threee down: thank you Monica!

October 20, 2010 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Utterly fabulous idea! It might make me learn to knit just so I can subscribe!

October 20, 2010 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

four down!

October 20, 2010 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

(Thank you Diane K!)

October 20, 2010 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Myrnie said...

Good luck!!!

October 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

five down! (gift!)

October 20, 2010 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

six down! six left!

October 20, 2010 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Kirsten Smith said...

Count me in also! Great idea!
I just sent you an e-mail from my home e-mail a/c (kirsten@...).

October 20, 2010 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I sent you an e-mail I'm so excited I love knitting... and I have been reading your blog every day for over a year you are amazing. Sarah Hoeft from Mayer MN

October 20, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

two more, just four spaces left! Amazing!

October 20, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I think we're down to two?!

October 20, 2010 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

that's a great idea!

i'll be interested next time around after you have a year of raising sheep under your belt.

October 20, 2010 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

...i have been caring for sheep for almost three years....

October 20, 2010 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger sheepkelpie said...

How much will a share cost?

October 20, 2010 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Dude!
I take the kids to the dentist and come back to this and may be too late! Ack. I sent you an email.

October 20, 2010 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger sara amber said...

hey lady!

let me know if i'm too late to jump in on this.

*also - i finished the book a while ago (and LOVED it) and just need to get my butt to the post office. i'll also be sending back your thumb drive and a little surprise! since i couldn't get the thumb drive to work with my computer, just let me know if you'd like bigger files of any particular photos from that weekend.

October 20, 2010 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Tobi said...

Jenna - sent you an email - any slots left?

October 20, 2010 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Affi'enia said...

This is a cracking idea and if you weren't so far away I would be so in it. I knit, am learning to weave and I'm getting my first spinning wheel this month!

If you ever have any excess wool or fibre/fleeces let me know. I would love to make something out of Maude hehehe

October 20, 2010 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Eleanor said...

Jenna, if I am not too late, count me in- I'd just like to know the cost before making a final commitment. Once you give me the $$ I can confirm within 24 hours.
Eleanor

October 20, 2010 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Hey all,

I think all the spots are full. But I will let you know soon as I get the final confirmations.

October 20, 2010 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I think we filled it up in 4 hours!!

if spots open i'll let you know, and when i get my yarn back from the mill i'll know better what to expect.

October 20, 2010 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Irma said...

Damn, I'm too late....I was ALL OVER THIS as soon as I read it. Sucks for us who only read blogs at night, I guess, lol.

October 20, 2010 at 6:05 PM  
Blogger MissRancher said...

I wish I could join!! I am a shareholder in another Fiber CSA and I love the idea of it.

October 20, 2010 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

OH NO!!! I emailed as soon as I saw the headline... and now read the comments.... :-( Why oh why does alaska have to be four hours behind the east coast??????

I'll sit here and be quietly jealous of the rest of you...

October 20, 2010 at 7:07 PM  
OpenID urbanadaptation said...

Oh my - my one full day on campus in ages, and it's the day your new CSA is announced. I'm definitely disappointed to have missed out, but great idea - I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses!

October 20, 2010 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I'm sorry guys, I'd open it to more if I was certain I could deliver more wool. Need to feel it out this year, and if there is extra I will sell it !

October 20, 2010 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger ashley english said...

HELL YES!!! i just KNEW this was for you!! woo hoo!!!

October 20, 2010 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

So... what about a fiber (roving) csa instead of yarn? I'd be interested in that.

October 20, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Sparkless said...

Crud I'm too late too. If you open up any new spots or hear of anyone else doing something like this please let me know.

October 20, 2010 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I think someone else is doing this, she sent me an email and if she does I'll make sure to announce it here!

October 20, 2010 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I think someone else is doing this, she sent me an email and if she does I'll make sure to announce it here!

October 20, 2010 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I don't knit quite enough to join a CSA for wool, but it's an amazing idea! Would like to buy a skein of two if you find you have enough...

October 20, 2010 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger Erika said...

i saw a few people at the fiber fest doing this and I thought it was such a fantastic idea! If you end up with extra, I'll gladly purchase it though.

October 20, 2010 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Wiste said...

Wow, can't believe I already missed this. I've seen other fiber CSAs that were very successful so I think this is a fantastic idea. I have my own spinning wheel so I'm hoping with your larger flock next year that maybe some processed but unspun fiber might be an option. Good luck with your endeaver!

October 20, 2010 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Gelfling said...

I wanna sign up so badly, but can't access my email while I'm here at work (I can still read ColdAntler, and do so on my breaks from being Super Nurse). Save a spot for me if you still have one!

October 21, 2010 at 3:56 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Still River Mill in Eastford, Connecticut?!? That's in the Quiet Corner! Beautiful area. I am about thirty minutes from there!

I love this CSA idea. Good luck!

October 21, 2010 at 4:40 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Alicia that is it! They are partnered up with CAF. I'm going to sing their praises, they do small wool work like mine so us small flocks can still knit socks - can't wait to get my yarn

October 21, 2010 at 6:24 AM  
Blogger sheepkelpie said...

Glad that you are "full" for your wool :)

October 21, 2010 at 7:03 AM  
OpenID gileadgoats said...

Good for you Jenna! I was too chicken to do a csa first time around, but got my goats from Susan Gibbs, the first fiber CSA creator. So I've been thinking about doing one. I think you'll love working with Still River Mills, they have a bunch of my fiber currently and they are so wonderful. I saw them last weekend at Rhinebeck and not only did they recognize me, but they even remembered my name. I'm so happy that you are supporting them as well. Good luck with your CSA, and thanks for continuing to inspire us.

October 21, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

sorry, i didn't realize you have experience lambing and raising lambs in the past.

good luck with your CSA!

not sure if coyote are a big issue in your neck of the woods, but predator proofing your fences now before the lambs come might be a good investment, especially now with people invensted in the wool.

October 21, 2010 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

I just read last night about Fiber CSA's in Country Living magazine and I immediately thought that it would be a great idea for you to try.

Then I log in here and you've already thought of it! I was too late to get in on this year's excitement but I look forward to a possible future spot.

October 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
OpenID journeyseeds said...

Jenna! So glad you are doing this. I live in the next town over from Still River Mill. If you come down this way...you have to stay with us! I have several friends here in the Quiet Corner that use Still River. We hae quite a network of fiber artists here in northeast CT. We are all spinners, weavers and knitters in this little network of folks. If folks are wondering about other fiber CSA's you can check out...Juniper Moon Farm, MOFGA in Maine has a network of fiber CSA's, Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm, and the other one I know about is on in NY called Hudson Valley Fiber Farm. I missed out on joining in on your CSA this time around but, hopefully I'll get a chance next year...

October 22, 2010 at 3:26 AM  
Blogger SouthernHeart said...

Wonderful idea, Jenna! If you end up having extra skeins of wool to sell, I'd love to buy some!

Dianne
www.mysouthernheart.com

October 22, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Pam MacKenzie said...

Someone just told me about you, so I haven't read your blog or your book, but I wish you luck with the CSA. If you are making pure angora yarn with your fiber rabbits, I'd be interested in knowing more about and possibly buying some of that yarn. Sadly, I have some allergy issues with wool, so I couldn't participate in the CSA even if there were slots left.

October 25, 2010 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Nicole LaMonte-DeGolier said...

Hello Jenna! Just wanted you to know that for Xmas my husband bought into your yarn CSA, and it was by far my FAVORITE gift. So excited to make something wonderful with it.

Thanks so much
NIcole LaMonte-DeGolier

January 27, 2011 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger Jody said...

HI Jenna,

i live in a place where there are absolutely no yarn shops - how do I get in on next years csa, and when do you begin?

Thanks so much,
Jody

February 16, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

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