Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Join Juniper Moon Farm CSA
The spinning study group of Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Inc. (Arizona) has become a shareholder in a Fiber CSA (community supported agriculture). The CSA, Juniper Moon Farm in Charlottesville, Virginia, raises Cormo and Babydoll Southdown sheep and Angora goats. The group has purchased a share in the CSA to help with the day-to-day operation of the farm in exchange for a portion of its produce. Weekly newsletters, a discount in the farm's shop, access to the LambCam online, and fiber from next spring's shearing are included. Money to purchase the share was won at the Fibers Through Time conference and the Southwest Regional Spinners Retreat Challenge, through the exhibition of the creation of El Rancho de Rocinante. The miniature ranch depicts adobe houses, a barn, a horno oven, a pond and stream, a cotton field, a vineyard and vegetable garden, cypress trees, a saguaro, an ocotillo, sheep, dogs, pigs, horses, a bull, a dove, cats, and coyotes. Human figures of a knitter, spinner, sheriff, sunbather, and Navajo weaver at her loom were recent additions. With few exceptions, everything was formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, or wrapping handspun yarn produced by the study group.