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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!



Tommy Dufficy-my dad

by Jane Levene on 06/06/15

May has been a difficult and now a sad month for us here at the farm. With record-setting rains; I think the final tally was 23 days straight of rain.  The norm for the Northwest, but what???!!  This is Denver!  We did manage to have our shearing done for both Denver and Salida in those narrow gaps between deluges so the fleece is safe in the garage just waiting for enough sunny hours to get busy skirting and logging in the data.  But the sad news.  On May 19th, on his 90th birthday we lost my dad.  Tommy was the heart and soul of the farm, I have many a photo of an animal, event etc, all with Tommy in the background supervising.  He was also part of every shearing, actively helping or at least telling us what to do.  This year was our first shearing that he wasn't up to coming out and watching.  It had been a long cold winter with lots of ice on the ground so not ideal for Tommy coming out to the barn. Then his oxygen system wasn't the right one, it turns out. He needed the high flow concentrators, and we just had the normal one for him.  The winter left him deconditioned, and we were hoping spring would make it easier for him to get outside. But then the rains started.  We did set up hospice the last few weeks, mostly to add a little help for Tommy, not that we felt the end was imminent.  They were all wonderful, and Tommy was home for all but the last 16 hours.  He was made very comfortable, and was quite peaceful.  I am totally shocked at how devastating this loss has been for me.  You know it will happen at some point, and God knows age 90 is a worthy goal, but my heart is broken.  I am so lucky to still have my mother here, and all but one sister.  I am a total "Nelly", named after my grandmother who cried at everything.  I will never stop missing my dad, but I am so fortunate to have enjoyed his company for 20 years here on the farm.  My parents have left their mark everywhere, making so much of it much more beautiful than I ever could have.  

Comments (2)

1. Susan Bridges said on 9/24/15 - 11:00AM
I am truly sorry at the loss of your father. It sounds like you had a wonderful relationship and are blessed to have had quality time with him. I recently lost my father, so I understand your sentiments. Many blessings to you and your family.
2. Susan Culbertson said on 12/6/15 - 10:55AM
Memories are the best of a persons life and it sounds like you have a stock of wonderful ones.poWh


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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!