A Farm to Fiber Arts Experience!
*NEW THIS YEAR*
Rabbits! That's right...the soft, delicate fibers that spin so angelically. We will have breed representatives, a round table and demos on rabbit care.
We invite you to join us on a journey from sheep to shawl, nature to colorway, bees to honey and so much more. You will learn what it means to be stewards of the land, how to make use of what's in your backyard, how sheep interact with their shepherds, what makes wool so amazing (and we include alpacas, llamas, goats and bunnies in the wool class). Whether you are a fiber raiser or enthusiast, farmer or dream of being a farmer, this event will open the doors to your endless possibilities!
We are blessed to have so many amazing vendors and teachers stepping forward to join us for what should be an awesome event!
We look forward to a fun Texas Fleece & Fiber Festival!
There is always a beginning. Much of what we see today is truly a product of all we have learned from the past from building fences, sustaining a farm in harsh conditions, putting food on the table and back in to the community. This is a theme that runs true across all cultures and lifts us up for future generations. We may have replaced ox and plow with a John Deere, but the work remains fruitful only if we put our time and effort in to sowing the seeds and cultivating the land. Livestock play a huge role in putting back nutrients in to the earth, providing warmth from the wool and foraging open lands to clear them naturally. We still have much to learn about grazing habits, ancient ways to process wool, fiber arts lost in time and livestock maintenance. We hope you join us on this journey from farm to fiber experience!
"For sustenance the Spanish soldier-settlers and the missionaries at Los Adaes depend on supplies brought overland on horse and mules from New Spain. The Adaeseños, as the inhabitants of Los Adaes came to be known, are joyous at the arrival of maize, wheat flour, and cattle and sheep sent by Governor Aguayo in the fall of 1721, an event that historian Robert Weddle described as "the forerunner of the cattle drives which were to play such an important role in the later history of Texas." But Spanish supply convoys and livestock drives are few and far between, often delayed for weeks and months by flooding along the many rivers and major streams draining the coastal plain of Texas. The Adaeseños have to provide for themselves by farming and ranching. Repeated attempts to grow maize are met with only modest and irregular success, owing to the area's propensity for periods of excessive rain as well as summer drought. They fare far better at raising livestock.
To survive at Los Adaes the Spanish soon find themselves dependent on the French at nearby Natchitoches for food and supplies that they could otherwise obtain only sporadically. The Spanish have livestock and the services of their Catholic priests to offer the French. Although most trade with the French is officially prohibited, it is required for survival. Spanish authorities in New Spain periodically give the Adaeseños permission to trade for food, but illicit trade for food and other commodities become part and parcel of life at Los Adaes."