SO CAL FIBERSHED MEMBERSHIP
The Southern California Fibershed was accepted into the Affiliate Program on July 1, 2019.
We are eager to build our So Cal Fibershed, encompassing the counties of San Luis Obispo south of SLO, Kern, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial.
We’ve borrowed our membership criteria and application from the parent Fibershed, namely: The Fibershed Producer Program is a membership-based network of farmers, ranchers, designers, sewers, weavers, knitters, felters, spinners, mill owners and natural dyers living and working within the 9.5 counties in the Southern region of California.
SO CAL Fibershed Producers follow these guidelines:
All fiber is farmed/sourced within Southern CA, from south of San Luis Obispo to the Mexican border
All botanic dye is farmed/sourced within Southern CA, from south of San Luis Obispo to the Mexican border
All labor is sourced within Southern CA, from south of San Luis Obispo to the Mexican border
Until the region has its own cotton and fine gauge wool milling facility, So Cal Fibershed verifies goods from farmers that have had to send their raw material out of the area for milling.
Sewing thread and most notions are also not yet manufactured in our region, So Cal Fibershed verifies goods from artisans whose thread and notions are from out of the area.
We’re going to need – and you’re going to need – more information about this. Fibershed has a Certified Product Guidelines: Certified Product Guidelines — June, 2019 that gives a benchmark of what we’re targeting. We’ll focus in 2019 on getting up to speed, then we’ll institute a variation of these guidelines.
If you are a Fibershed farmer or artisan in the Southern California Fibershed and would like people to know that your work supports regional agriculture, a local and fair economy, and ecological balance, PLEASE consider joining the Fibershed Producer Program.
Benefits of the $40 annual membership fee
Inclusion in the So Cal Fibershed Directory, which includes a highlight page with a brief bio, photos, your contact information, and links to your social media
Opportunity to be featured in the So Cal Fibershed blog
Inclusion of your upcoming events on the So Cal Fibershed calendar of events
Opportunity to have your events and offerings promoted in the So Cal Fibershed email newsletter and social media channels to a general public audience
10% member’s discount on all So Cal Fibershed events
Providing essential seed funding to launch our vibrant and enduring So Cal Fibershed!
We intend to add programming throughout the So Cal Fibershed in the coming months (and years). Thank you for your generous and early interest and support!