Thank you to everyone who has taken time to respond to the New York Fiber Farm map survey. I received 70+ responses, and developed an initial map that is shown below. I will be adding more farms as I get more responses. Please feel free to click through. The map includes farm names, types of fiber animals, products available, website info, and contact info for each farm. It is an open resource for anyone interested in learning more about natural fibers, fiber arts, fiber animals, and connecting directly with farmers.
In visiting many of the farms, I was often fascinated by the beautiful scenery that surrounded me. I would like the map to show the farm scenery to make it more engaging and visual. I have added a few examples of photographs from Orchard View Farm, Windsong Farm, Elihu Farm, Laughing Goat Fiber Farm, and Lazy Acre Alpacas. Seeing this recent Harvard Business Review article with an image of lamb being affectionate with a young girl as a headline further peaked my interest in including more photographs.
If you are a farmer, please email a photo of you, your animals, and/or your farm to email@example.com to include in the map. I can also replace existing photos used in the map if there is a preference!
Future steps will be to share this New York Fiber Farm map with the local fiber artisan community through Local Fiber, the Adirondack Fibershed, and the Hudson Valley Textile Project. I also plan to share it with designers I’ve met who are interested in New York fiber sourcing, and the Brooklyn Fashion & Design Accelerator. If there are any other suggestions, please send me more info!
As some of you know, a future goal is to also make this New York Fiber Farm map accessible through a mobile app. I am excited to announce that I recently received a “Grow with Google” Google Developer Challenge Scholarship to learn about Basic Android programming through Udacity. I have gone through the first few lessons, and am excited to get through more! I hope to apply these skills to continue to develop a broader US Fiber Farm Map to support fiber farms and sustainable fashion education in the US!