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reweaving the community cloth

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 by in community | 2 comments

Exciting things are happening in our community. In the planning is the first solar-powered, farm based cotton and wool mill!

A benefit and celebration will be taking place in Point Reyes Station on the evening of May 1st. There will be a locavore dinner, a fibershed fashion show, a kombucha bar, and a chance to meet many like-minded folks. Click here to find out more and to register for the event.

As Rebecca Burgess, who is spearheading this effort through the Fibershed Project tells us, “Our current system of mass production has wiped out our ability to get local organic fibers manufactured, and has eliminated our ability to clothe ourselves sustainably. Our farmers can grow it, but hardly anyone can wear it [because there is nothing done with most of the wool from local farms and it is thrown away]. In response to the need to re-invent a thriving supply chain that sustains us at the most basic personal and ecological level… we need a mill.”

How this project will benefit us in many other ways:

  • The mill will NOT use any of the 2,000 synthetic chemicals known to cause cancer and auto-immune disfunction, chemicals that are used to size and treat fabrics, even ones that are organically labeled.
  • The cotton grown for the mill will be irrigated with 6 times less fresh water per acre than conventional cotton. (Sally Fox waters her cotton once a week, making it clear that conventional cotton is wasting water resources.)
  • Our mill will drive a local economy of organic cotton. Once farmers know there is a market, they will grow it.
  • Today only 0.15% of the world’s cotton is guaranteed to be pesticide free.
  • Cotton uses more pesticides than any single crop in the United States. The insecticide Aldicarb, recognized by the World Health Organization to be a potent nerve agent, is applied to U.S. cotton every year. A single teaspoonful of this chemical absorbed through the skin is enough to kill an adult.

A few of the sheep at Windrush Farm in Petaluma. Their wool is often sold to local spinners.

Come to Point Reyes Station on May 1st to celebrate local food and fibers!

2 Comments

  1. This is so exciting! Best wishes to all involved.

    • Thanks, Dar. I visited your blog and your paintings are really lovely. All the best in your artistic endeavors.
      ~ Dustin