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Jefferson Farms Natural Fibers
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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!



Its' been a long year!

by Jane Levene on 12/18/13

We've had a long year, focusing mainly on our Salida farm.  Our big project was to complete the interior fencing so we can implement rotational grazing and keep the animals out on high quality pastures year-round. Fencing was completed by early spring and we started record keeping on the regrowth and stocking rates.  Of course, its' been a major baby year here as well!  We've had 65 crias born between the 2 farms, not all of them mine, of course.  And what a beautiful sight it is, to see them all growing and playing.  Our fiber went into production nice and early this year, I had fleeces into the mill by early August, and had product back by October.  The micron values keep getting finer and finer with over half the herd below 18 microns regardless of their age!  I even had my first 15 micron alpaca, out of my top male Orion.  So I hope you all get a chance to come over to either farm to see a truly spectacular array of fine yarns and rovings!  Our previous Salida farm managers retired, and now we are fortunate to have Tom Iamonico running the farm. He is a very skilled shearer, and has a very gentle way with the animals.  We are making great progress on farm improvement projects at both farms.  I've designed a passive solar enclosure for each farm, and the Denver one is finished.  In the process we've created a chicken palace out of my mothers greenhouse and nearly ready to move the chickens over.  I'll post photos once we get past an open house in Salida this weekend (December 21-22, 10-4:30 each day with great food and barn tours as well as a very well stocked farm store!) and our farm party Monday Dec 23.  Then on to Christmas, and a quick trip with all of the grandkids for some R&R that all have earned.  I will also be very busy at the National Western Stock Show again this year, helping to run the Natural Fibers educational display and silent fleece auction.  We show the school tours how to make yarn by spinning rovings, show samples of fiber production at each stage of the processing, as well as samples from a multitude of fiber producing livestock. Its great to be down at the stock show, so don't miss it!  There isn't a bad day to come as the livestock competitons and displays change constantly!  So never a dull moment here, or extra time on my hands.  MY parents continue to do well (their house is at the front of the Denver Farm), my dad is 88 and still out helping every day, and my mom is younger and younger every day.   Can't wait for her sugar cookies and pizelles for Christmas!   So Merry Christmas and a very Happy and healthy New Year to you all!  Hope to see you at the farm, for a nice visit.

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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!