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    2015 Shearing days!  
May 11-13 in Denver, and May 28-31 in Salida.  We won't use all this time, so maybe you'll join us for a post shearing party or golf game?  We will save a few animals in each location, to do a demo shearing.  As we get closer we will set the day for this, and invite you all to come, watch the process and have time to answer questions and look over a few fleeces!
we'll be shearing over 400 animals so come see the process,especially if you'd like to lend a hand or if you need your animal shorn
Jefferson Farms Events
There is rarely a dull moment at Jefferson Farms!  Here is a partial list of events we are participating in as well as happenings at the farms.  We do have 2 farms, one in Denver, and a larger farm in Salida.  We hope you'll take the time to visit both farms as each location is filled with great ideas, smart conveniences, and beautiful animals.  So call either myself at 303.870.3056 or email jlevene@comcast.net   or for Salida call Tom Iamonico at 720.329.6667 to schedule your visit today!
Estes Park Wool Market 2015, June 13-14
Estes park Wool Market is the premier fiber event in the US!  We are proud to have participated almost since the beginning.  We will be located in our own Paco-VIcuna tent, near the main entrance to the Estes Park Fairgrounds. Please stop by, see the animals and lovely product and the freshly shorn fleeces.  Admission is free, and we'll have a pot of coffee on!
Salida Fiber Festival,  Salida Co  September 12-13, 2015
A New Event!  The Salida Fiber Festival  will be held at Riverside Park, located along the lovely Arkansas River in historic downtown Salida Colorado.  Jefferson Farms has taken an active part in planning this premier event, and we hope to see it grow each year to rival Taos and Estes Park!  Many vendors, fiber artist and demonstrations will be there, and Salida is becoming famous for its' great food, restaurants and art galleries, as well as a great vacation destination.  For more information, please email salidafiberfestival@gmail.com   for more information.  Admission is free and parking is free!



Catching up

by Jane Levene on 02/18/15

This is the time of year to try to get caught up with paperwork, friends, cleaning, organizing, etc before the full brunt of taxes/spring to-do lists and babies as well as general farm work.  I keep thinking this will be the "down time" we all need so badly but life just goes on!  My heart and deepest empathy (different from sympathy cuz I know what you are going through!) goes to those in the Northeast!  The intense worry and effort people with livestock suffer through with this extreme weather is 24/7, and very little can compare with it.  If you aren't dealing actively with the snow, in digging out, unfreezing pipes, feeding through terrible conditions, you are spending every waking moment worrying about roofs holding up, roads needing to be cleared, maintaining power or getting power back on, food, livestock feed supplies, pasture conditions, crowded conditions due to weather- the list is endless.  Very stressful.  We've been pretty lucky here in Denver and Salida.  Just enough snow to keep pastures fairly wet, but not so severe as to drive everyone into the barns for days on end.  We've kept everyone happy and healthy, knock on wood and knock on the fabulous greenhouse enclosures that have been added to the barns in Salida!  My never-ending-drive to get these in place over the past 5 years has finally resulted in Dito getting them built in his first year!  I fully recommend this addition- adds warm space and solar heat gain to the entire barn, protects from cold winds (far more critical than actual roof area) and allows the animals to still look out.  Barns are warmer, brighter and way happier places!  The new sliding barn doors are hung on the roof overhangs and feature big clear panels that let the sun in.  The doors can be slid open, or the panels removed in summer to let the cooling breezes in.  Win/Win.  And now- big drumroll- we are adding Farm Stay to the experience!  In Salida, we are in the process of converting a section of the house into a spacious FarmStay unit!  This will offer space for 4 adults or a family of 4, to sleep, spalike bathroom with soaker tub and separate shower, as well as a kitchenette and living room.  You won't have to partake in the chores, but you will enjoy farm fresh eggs, fresh air, and all the farm babies you can round up!   There will be a nice deck with barbecue, furniture and  we plan on being pet friendly as well.   So keep an eye on the site, I'll be posting photos of our progress and the first occupation date! This will make for a wonderful affordable vacation in one of the best recreational areas of Colorado!  And even bigger drumroll here- we are a major sponsor for Interweave YarnFest.  YarnFest  is April 16-19,   in Loveland Colorado.  This is a huge convention of fiber arts classes with internationally renowned instructors, big marketplace offering pretty much anything and everything fiber related.  And in our backyard, practically!  Marketplace is free and open to the public, but do yourselves a favor and look through the class schedules.  This is such a great opportunity to hone a skill, learn a new technique or open up a new world to fiber arts.  We used to have to travel all over the country to get this, and now we have it here!  Go to www.interweave.org to get more details.  So, now I need to buckle down and get more paperwork, ready samples, and products for the big events of spring!  Take care, everyone, and I do hope the melting snow brings relief, not more problems.   Jane

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We will be at the National Western Stock Show, from January 10-25, 2015.  Jefferson Farms was instrumental in starting the Natural Fibers educational display, which focuses on educating the public about the natural fibers, processing, and products being produced in the Rocky Mountain region.  You will learn about basic spinning, see fiber samples and be able to bid on top quality blue ribbon fleeces of all types!  National Western Stock Show is a tremendous supporter of the agricultural life, and the fiber display showcases wools and specialty fibers from all types of animals.  We will be in the Stadium Hall, lower level, for the entire run of the show.
InterWeave YarnFest!  April 16-19, 2015  Embassy Suites Hotel, Loveland Colorado   In our own backyard!  We are a major sponsor of YarnFest, and will have a great presence in the MarketPlace, which is free and open to the public.  Come see the full 2014 production of yarns, rovings and fleeces just back from the mill!  Already I am hungrily looking at the 2015 fleeces walking around the farms, so come early to YarnFest for the best selections.  We will do several presentations and have some special items offered up in the Silent Auction which supports the scholarship funds at Interweave.  Come learn a new skill or network with old friends!