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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!

Holy Cow! I've been gone a long time!

by Jane Levene on 08/28/12

Ok, busy summer I'm sure for everyone.  We've had 15 crias so far, and 10 more due this fall plus company galore.  Mid-summer had terribly high temperatures and high humidity, something we aren't used to in Colorado.  Our crias had a tough time of it, and we did lose one baby to heat stress while I was down at the other farm for shearing.  Everyone did their best and losses are just one thing we need to learn to accept in this business. The crias are beautiful, and show great fiber potential.  Its been a very dry, challenging summer, but we've been fortunate to maintain our irrigation water up here at the Denver farm.  The Salida farm has had a more difficult time with turning the irrigation on and off multiple times. But the grass is green at both places and there is now a taste of fall in the air.  Most of our 2012 fiber clip has been sent off to the mill and frankly, it came back drop-dead gorgeous!  I can't wait to debut our products at the "First Annual Salida Fiber Festival" September 8-9.  I know we'll do well.  Then its' off to SOAR in Lake Tahoe, CA. October 24-27 and I am saving my very best rovings for that show.  I"ve posted a few photos of some of the crias, and will get more as soon as I find my camera again!  That is the problem with these nice new really small cameras.  And we are working like mad to be able to present a pen sale of our Paco-Vicuñas!  The date hasn't been firmly set yet, but we'll let you know!   The last week of August we lost a very special aunt.  Eileen Dufficy Hessek was the heart and soul of the extended family- always a big smile on her face and never seemed to have a bad day or a cranky moment. Aunt Eileen was 92 years old and the last few years were marred by Alzeihmers.  But even on those last days she could smile and seemed genuinely happy to see the many visitors.  It doesn't matter if you lose someone at a young age or after a long happy life, it still hurts and leaves yet another hole in your heart.  I am so very blessed to have both my parents still, and even more so to have them living on the farm with us.  Each day begins with my 87 year old dad coming out to help with clean up, often wondering where I've hidden Tiny the Elephant when the manure piles get sizeable!  My mom takes care of a beautiful garden and always has homemade goodies in the kitchen.  The best part of being on a farm is how it pulls in all of the family and friends, no one can resist being around the animals, looking for fresh eggs or just admiring the unobstructed view of the sky.  So this month I dedicate to Eileen Hessek, her unconditional love for everyone, and my hopes that I can be if only half that good of a person. 

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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!