Tap into the Ohio Natural Fiber Network.
|Barb Baker of Baker & Company Llamas showing fellow Network members what to look for in a llama fleece. Photos courtesy of ONFN.|
|ONFN member Brenda Burns at River Colors Yarn Shop showcasing some of her felted work.|
|ONFN member Mimi Foster talking fiber at River Colors Yarn Shop.|
Fiber producers and consumers in Ohio have developed a great way to connect-the Ohio Natural Fiber Network. The organization formed about six years ago as a way for small-scale farmers to learn more about producing high-quality fiber. It has grown into an education and marketing group that represents about twenty farms that raise llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, and Angora rabbits. The ONFN website not only links consumers to individual farm websites where they can find fibers, yarns, and livestock, but provides resources for producers like tips for improving your fiber harvest and a list of fiber mills. Links are also included for Ohio's numerous guilds and fiber events. Knitter, rug hooker, and spinner Andrea Wargo of That'll Do Farm is the current president of the organization. She and her family have an active farm in Grafton, Ohio, where they maintain a CSA (community supported agriculture). CSA members purchase a subscription (referred to as a share) of the harvest and receive a portion of the season's harvest. That'll Do Farm offers two types of CSAs-one for vegetable produce and one for fiber. Now in the second year of running a fiber CSA, the group raises alpacas, Angora goats, and Romeldale/CVM sheep. Looking for a fun place to gather in the area? Sit and Knit/Hook/Spin events are a regular occurrence at the farm.