Plans were unveiled today for the first-ever “Fiber CSA” where knitting enthusiasts can purchase membership shares in the Spring 2007 “harvest” of fiber from the angora goats and fine wool sheep of the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm. Purchased for yourself or as a gift, share ownership lets members become “vicarious shepherds” without ever having to feed a sheep or shear a goat. Best of all, after shearing, each member will receive an equal portion of the clip in the form of unique, one-of-a-kind yarns.
A CSA is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between local farmers and community members who pay the farmer an annual membership fee to cover the production costs of the farm. In turn, members receive a share of the harvest. This arrangement gives the farmer a direct connection to and relationship with the consumer.
The CSA concept is quietly sweeping the country with families who are looking to help small farmers stay profitable while taking advantage of all the benefits of buying local.
A limited number of shares will be pre-sold at $100 per membership share. Shareholders can choose to take all of their share of the harvest in one type of yarn or receive a sampler pack that includes mohair, kid mohair, Cormo, Cotswold, and fine wool yarns. The purchaser will receive a shareholder’s certificate, weekly email updates on the animals and farm, and an invitation to the farm’s Shearing Day Celebration. For more information, or to purchase a share while they last, visit our website at marthasvineyardfiberfarm.com, or call 845.625.7075 before the holiday rush