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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!

Spring is in the Air!

by Jane Levene on 02/12/14

Hi Everyone, its been a long time (as usual!!) for me to update the blog.  Since my last posting, we've taken the extended family to the Bahamas for a low key vacation-just the children and grandchildren, now ages 9-20.  We had a great time, lounging and snorkeling on absolutely deserted beaches that went on for miles. We stayed at a friends apartments, with attached restaurant. All very family styled, only one TV (yay!! No continuous sports on) and internet by request only.  On Eleuthera, people were wonderful, and we highly recommend the Ship to Shore vacation if you only want peace and quiet without the crazy high end resort prices! So after 8 days there, and 4 books later, it was home to be a part of the National Western Stock Show for the next 18 days.  I am a big part of the Natural Fibers Display, I'm there every day,  where we have many of the different types of wool fleeces as well as alpaca and paco-vicuna fleeces on display and for sale by silent auction. Our primary objective is to educate the school groups on tour and the general public of the path from animal to product.  So we help the public learn how to make yarn through basic spinning, and talk about incredible variety of fiber producing animals!  Great fun, it's the best Livestock show in the USA, many photos are posted on my facebook page.  After that show ends its on to book keeping and tax preparations.  So I really needed that vacation before January started, ha!  Like most of the US, it's been a crazy winter in terms of weather.  We've boomeranged from the 60s, and plunged down to subzero temperatures in the space of 6-8 hours sometimes.  The herd can tolerate cold weather well, but these extreme swings in temperature in such a short time frame is very hard on us all.  The best way to deal with it is to feed very heavily BEFORE the weather changes, so everyone has lots of calories on board. Lots to digest = lots of body heat produced.  We also focus on feeding hay, rather than any supplements.  Most grains (we never feed the alpacas grain anyway!) don't generate anywhere near the same body heat as do the cellulose fibers contained in grasses.  And this year we coated more animals than ever before, as we had suri-pv fall crias and some of the girls are getting a little old.  If it gets cold and stays cold, specially with our sunny days (that is changing as well here- it can get gloomy now) animals adjust easily.  I have also added some nice passive solar areas to the barns, so we can really maximize our heat gain for the animals.  So I think we have a good plan now to deal with it, but it does add another chore that wasn't there before.  And of course, we have to deal with the crias that love to remove the coats from their buddies!  Solution- good old duct tape around the Velcro bands keeping the jackets on, and we'll be adding more coats with buckles that they haven't (yet) figured out how to remove.  Snowpack is wonderful in the mountains, so our irrigation season is looking good as well.  In Salida. we are gearing up to have our first full year of true pasture rotation, for grazing management. I am thanking Brittany Singleterry in advance, she is our livestock manager, for taking this on.  The record keeping is the unseen never-ending chore that most people don't have a clue of, that is the most vital part of any farms success. And usually everyones' least favorite chore as well, ha!  I know I'd much prefer to be out in the barn, interacting with animals.  My mind is also well into shearing season already.  I have a new, improved game plan for sorting/skirting fleeces as they come off the animals, rather than just bagging and dealing with it all later.  So hope springs eternal, and is in good supply on every farm.  I wish you all a wonderful, mild spring, and hopes that Mother Nature is in a better mood this year!  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!