Fiber Farm is home to a humble herd of alpacas, a few sheep, two miniature donkeys, a couple cats, and one dog. Located on top of Monteagle Mountain in Tracy City, TN, the farm is a working example of a vertically integrated micro-textile operation.
I began this textile journey on the front porches of the rural South, learning to hand stitch from my mother and a small group of women who were like grandmothers to me. It continued in the classroom, where I learned about the overwhelming amount of pollution the fashion industry creates each season, as it works tirelessly to crank out garments made from irresponsible materials in deplorable working conditions. It became clear that the textile industry as a whole is one of the largest contributors to landfill waste and water contamination from the chemicals in industrial dye runoff. As I completed my education in Apparel Design, I directed my focus toward creating a livelihood that did not further harm the environment. I believe that designers are here to help solve problems, not create them.
The farm is here to provide a place where sustainable textile creation and education can flourish. It is a gathering spot for folks young and old to meet a variety of animals and glimpse life on a working farm + homestead.