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MV Fiber Farm’s BIG Announcement …

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The Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm is expanding.

Susan Gibbs and Patrick Manning announced over the weekend that they are starting a second flock, and second yarn and fiber CSA on Patrick’s family farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. Hudson Valley Fiber Farm.  Read some of the news from Susan below… for full post click here.

“Tuesday, October 21, 2008

So much to blog about…

I don’t even know where to begin! Okay, first the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Patrick and I are very excited to announce that we are starting a second flock and a second yarn and fiber CSA on Patrick’s family farm in New York’s Hudson Valley.
There are many, many reasons for this decision. The first is that we are always looking for ways to make our business more sustainable without over-crowding or diminishing the quality of life for the flock. We realized a while ago that we could pretty easily sell twice as many shares but having twice as many animals on the Vineyard would make our lives immeasurably more complicated. Why? Because we don’t own the land we are farming on the Vineyard. We have a five year lease on our farm at Tisbury Meadows, but the leaseholder- Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank- has the right to make a lot of decision about the number of animals and time we can graze them on the property. They also have the right to terminate our lease if they choose to at anytime, although I don’t think that is really a concern.
Susan goes on to say:
We are purchasing more cormo ewes and angora nannies to start the flock in New York for the NY CSA shareholders. The amount of fiber current shareholders will receive will not be effected at all by the move. Animals that belong to MVFF will continue to belong to MVFF no matter where they are pastured. The new animals will belong to Hudson Valley Fiber Farm, as will some of the kids born to the MVFF nanny goats in the spring. The most important thing is for everyone to know that their will be plenty of fiber to go around!
If you currently own a share in Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm but live in New York, you are more than welcome to come visit the NY flock anytime. In fact, all shareholder’s are welcome at either farm anytime. The new farm will have an on-site yarn shop housed in an old church that Patrick and I own and it will be stocked with lots of handspun, local farmstead yarns and spinning fibers and indie dyed yarns.
Erin and I have a lot of cleaning to do to get it ready to open and we are having a wood stove put in to make it ultra-cozy, but our goal is to have an open house/holiday party at the end of November/early December and hope that lots of you will be able to come.
[For those of you from NYC, the farm is located right off the Taconic Parkway, near the Beacon train stop on Metro North.]”
More big news: The MV Fiber Farm has won the Tech Makeover contest.
Congratulations to Susan and Patrick, we wish you well.  We’ll definitely see you at both fiber farms.

Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

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