LINKS AND RESOURCES
As noted on the Material Library + Glossary page, this section too is oh-so-incomplete and should be viewed as a placeholder for a larger ambition.
The intention here is to provide access to information and avenues for further education on critical issues informing our Fibershed and our broader economic and cultural environment. Please send ideas for additional links, and as before, please volunteer to add them yourself. I’ll keep a look out for your email!
Regenerative Organic Certified™
Regenerative Organic Certification builds upon the near 100-year legacy of organic movement visionaries like J. I. Rodale and Dr. Rudolf Steiner and provides stepwise guidance for farming and ranching operations, transportation, slaughter, and processing facilities that produce food, cosmetics, and fiber. It is essential to farm in a way that enriches rather than degrades the soil, and values animals and workers. Regenerative Organic Certification leverages existing highbar organic, animal welfare, and social fairness certifications, and includes additional regenerative requirements.
Healthy Soils Program
The Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation of the CA Food and Agriculture conducts a Healthy Soils Program, as part of the California Healthy Soils Initiative, a collaboration of state agencies and departments to promote the development of healthy soils on California's farmlands and ranchlands.
The HSP has two components: the HSP Incentives Program and the HSP Demonstration Projects. The HSP Incentives Program provides financial assistance for implementation of conservation management that improve soil health, sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The HSP Demonstration Projects showcase California farmers and rancher's implementation of HSP practices.
The Circular Economy
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation asks What is the circular economy? What does it look like in practice? Who's doing it now? And how can you get involved? They’ve launched a three-part video series that explores what the circular economy really means for businesses, people and society. The video dives into some innovative examples of it in action today. www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org
Textile Exchange is a global non-profit that works closely with our members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibers, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks. We identify and share best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and product end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil and air, and the human population.
Members may be new to sustainability practices or want to take their strategy to the next level. Our members include textile suppliers, service providers, manufacturers, brands and retailers, and farmers.
Native Land Digital is a Canadian not-for-profit organization. The website includes a map (in progress) of native lands the world over. It's a valuable resource for identifying territories, languages, and treaties.
Soil Health Institute
An independent, NPO, the Soil Health Institute coordinates and supports soil stewardship and advancing soil health as a cornerstone of a vibrant, profitable, and sustainable ecosystem. "Enhancing soil health allows us to improve water quality, increase drought resilience, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve farm economies, provide pollinator habitat, and better position us to feed the 9.7 billion people expected in the world by 2050." https://soilhealthinstitute.org/
Campaign For Wool
The Campaign for Wool is based out of the UK, and offers education and action in support of sheep farmers and wool production. “Wool is a precious natural, renewable and biodegradable resource that offers many technical and ecological benefits…. At the end of its useful life, wool can be returned to the soil, where it decomposes, releasing valuable nutrients into the ground.”
California Climate & Agriculture Network
CalCAN advocates for policies that ensure the resilience and sustainability of California’s farms and ranches in the face of climate change. They represent a statewide network of sustainable farmers and ranchers and allied organizations, agricultural professionals, scientists, and advocates.
They seek a fundamental shift in California’s farming system from an industrial, chemically intensive approach to one that is biologically integrated, ecologically sustainable and resilient. http://calclimateag.org/