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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!

Fall is in the air!

by Jane Levene on 09/15/14

So, running 2 farms and taking care of family leaves little free time. But this week I promised myself some quality weeding and redesign of the perennial garden and berm.  So I get to pull tons of grass that really should limit itself to growing in the pastures, and putting in about a dozen peonies and new day lilies. My goal is to keep moving towards that mythical self-maintaining perennial bed that just has lovely flowers and foliage.  The focus is on attractive grasses (wait- didn't I just say I was pulling out tons of volunteer grass??  Why can't that be attractive grass??) and nice, hardy, water efficient flowers. One more afternoon of garden then back to the real world.  

We've had tons of irrigation water, a bit too much actually.  So the fight was finding more places to put the water.  The Salida Farm is really improving as well, great strides have been made in improving the usefulness of the buildings there, storing the hay for winter, getting the chicken coop built and painting the house a beautiful new shade of grey that goes greenish then bluish depending on the light.  The color change from plain stain to grey really makes the yard pop and the surrounding areas look so pretty.  Our Third Annual Salida Fiber Festival was a huge success, all the vendors had record sales and the town was really hopping.  The local businesses have us ranked in the top 3 events of the year in terms of the revenue the Festival brings into the entire town!  And it will only keep getting better.  For our winter preparations we put up our greenhouse panels to get more solar gain into the barns, the animals really depend on their line-of-sight, and if an area of the barn is dark, it just won't get used.  Our pasture rotation program is going gangbusters, tremendous improvement is all pastures and plenty of forage is being banked for late fall/winter grazing.  Now we are using strip composting application along with our aeration program to continue to improve regrowth and also to direct the grazing.  The beauty of alpacas and PVs is they won't graze around their poop piles, so by applying compost to the graded areas we can push them back to eat the longer grasses towards the rear of the pastures.  They do like to mill around the gate areas, and have a tendency to meander back to the barns.  But sunshine and fresh grass is much better for them, so the little lazy critters need to spend a little more time out on pastures.  Our yarns and rovings are now exclusively offered at the Recycled Lamb yarn shop, in Golden Colorado, and we have a fe more exciting events added to the calendar.  Biggest for us is the Brand-New Yarn-Fest, put on by Interweave Press.  This will be April 16-19, in Loveland Colorado. So I don't need to drive cross-country and stay in motels, yay! Not that I don't love a good road trip, but it really adds to the cost of the event.  The PVs have started having the fall babies, we have 2 on the ground now, and plenty more coming.  I will get busy and post photos soon, I promise. But they kinda are like photos of your grandchildren, best appreciated by those that love them the most.  So- weeds and dirt are calling my name, off to finish in the garden then mull over what to make for dinner.  Always hard to decide when I"m not hungry!  Take care, 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!