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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!

Time flies when you are having fun!

by Jane Levene on 09/03/14

Its already September, and I can't believe it!  We've been so busy at both farms, 30 new crias, (need to do another count- and more coming in October) and best of all a new farm manager.  We want to thank Tom Iamonico for all his hard work and great skills in managing the farm til shearing really got going.  At that point our good friend Benedito Ananias was able to step in, so Tom could focus on the shearing and travel that goes with shearing.   We've been good friends with Dito for over 15 years now, and consider ourselves so fortunate to have him take on farm manager.  Dito is a very accomplished horse trainer ( he trained and rode the National Champion of Brazil) and recently managed the buffalo herd for Rawhide Electric Company.  He has managed up to 5 ranches at once, and has great skills in handling people as well as he handles animals, ha!  Already, we've made great progress on pasture rotation and management, the animals are quite content and peaceful, and the barns are showing major changes and improvements!  I am having lots of fun on the farm, and I know the neighbors are all very happy with the changes.  I still need to get done with logging the 2014 clip into our records, and get all the samples to the lab as well as fleeces to the mill.  I just heard our one of our favorite people at the mill is needing hip replacements.  Been there and done that with my husband, and fortunately it is pretty easy surgery and a nice fast recovery so we wish Ted the best.  And that will buy me a little more time to get things done.  I've also been very busy with pattern and product development this summer.  Great things are on the horizon, and the PV fiber just keeps getting more popular.  We are also very happy to announce that the Recycled Lamb Yarn shop is now the exclusive vendor for our Paco-Vicuna yarns and rovings!  The Recycled Lamb is one of the nicest yarn shops I've ever been in- they have a large store and multiple rooms for classes and group workshops.  Plus a full basement for even more class space.  Its a rare treat to be able to spread out projects and materials and still have plenty of room to visit and see everything else that is going on.  

Family has been doing well, but there never seems to be enough time for all the dinners and get-togethers we would really like to have happen.  And my poor flowers have been a little neglected, but I finally had a few hours of therapeutic weed-pulling!  And as a gardener I am always redesigning and imagining next year.  What must it be like to just be able to look and enjoy, and not want to dig and move plants around?  Sheer bliss, I'm guessing.  So I hope everyones tomatoes have been plentiful and ripe, the varmints have stayed out of the veggies, and the flowers have been spectacular.  And I'm guessing most of us wouldn't mind it if Fall's arrival was delayed a bit.  This weekend is the Salida Fiber Festival!!!  The Third Annual and we are on the way to being one of the best festivals around.  I do hope many of you can get down to the beautiful Arkansas River and historic downtown Salida and say hi to all the artists.  I hope you all have a very healthy and happy Fall, and that we have a chance  to meet at the farm, and enjoy the animals.  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!