Shearing 2014 : The Farmer's Wife OR when the Farmer is a Wife!
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Jefferson Farms Natural Fibers
CONTACT US: 303-870-3056
    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!



Shearing 2014

by Jane Levene on 06/02/14

Hi Everyone, we've completed the shearing here at Jefferson Farms Natural Fibers!  Over 430 animals total were shorn, teeth and toenails trimmed, and a few shots given.  It took just a little over 4 days, we finished by 5 our first day, then finished at 3 pm ( I know, how funny is that!!)  the second day, then moved down to Salida for the remainder.  In Salida, 340 animals were shorn in 2 and a half days.  We finished by 5:30 the first day, then 4:30 the second day, and by 11:00 am the third morning we had everything done and cleaned up.  The shearing crew was led by Paul Smith and Tom Iamonico, with Jeremy Lamm as headman.  Our usual staff of Brittany, Dito and Ralph handled set up, and staged the animals, and Dito did toenails.  Three extra helpers came down from the Denver farm, and I picked up fleeced.  We were supremely organized, everyone just pitched in where needed, and it was all so calm, happy and incredibly easy I thought I was dreaming!  Food was delicious and gourmet, prepared by Pat Schmidt, a new friend who brought 4 animals to the Denver farm.  Everyone loves to be in Salida and at the river house, so it was like a mini-vacation.  I know that i am onto some seriously good karma now, at the end of the shearing at each farm, just 10 minutes after finishing we had a tremendous hail and rain storm at both farms!  But not a drop on any of our shearing days.  My luck is really just getting better and better!   I will be posting a few videos on Facebook, and if I can ever figure out how to post a video to the website I will do that as well.  Its' truly amazing to watch how well choreographed a great shearing crew is.  Paul and Tom are always calm and happy, and really pitch in where ever a hand is needed.  So the fleeces are ready to be graded and sampled, then we will make a master list for the mill for processing.  But before that, we go up to Estes Park Wool Market.  This is a big event for us, and so nice to be able to bring fresh fleeces for sale, and some of the most beautiful little weanlings on the farm.  I have a long "to-do" list, but also want to spend some time in the yard and garden.  Making dinner, not so much, ha!  So be sure to visit the Facebook pages for Jane Levene, and Jefferson Farms Natural Fibers to see the shearing photos.  And as we have our new crias we will keep those photos posted as well.  Take care, and have a safe and wonderful summer!  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!