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PO Box 414
Tracy City, TN 37387
USA

A FIRST HAND INTRODUCTION INTO THE WORLD OF RAISING FIBER ANIMALS, SPINNING, WEAVING, AND NATURAL DYEING.

Events


Sep
8
5:00 PM17:00

Southern Appalachia Fibershed: Potluck + Community Gathering Fundraiser

 [ image by: Grace Boto ]

[ image by: Grace Boto ]

You are cordially invited to a gathering of like minds + potluck celebration!


On Saturday, September 8, we will gather out by the barn to catch up and connect with fellow fiber folks. EVERYONE is invited, regardless of whether you are a farmer, knitter, natural dyer, mill owner, or just someone interested in any part of the process. We are setting this time aside to honor our local  fiber community and strengthen the relationships that tie us together.

Dinner will be served potluck style, so please bring your favorite recipe (or the cookies you bought on the way) to share. We will be treated to a selection of locally grown + harvested dishes from Robin Verson, along with delicious desert options provided by her incredibly talented daughter, Madeline. Feel free to bring your own libations if you so desire. I'll have a few growlers of local brew to share.

 Madeline's baked goods, served during Hill and Hollow Farm's March 2018 Shearing Event

Madeline's baked goods, served during Hill and Hollow Farm's March 2018 Shearing Event

Our region is full of local fiber farms, a variety of incredible processing mills, and a large number of artists + designers who can turn the raw material into many useful items. Join us for a laid back evening as we connect the dots and continue to grow our local network.

Please pass this along to anyone you think may be interested in attending. 

 

While most events at the farm are kid friendly, we request that this particular gathering be reserved for adults only.
 

** (FREE) Camping is available if you are traveling and need a place to stay. Please contact me directly to reserve a spot.  (kacie@fiberfarm.net)

A donation of $10 / person is suggested.  All donations will go directly towards hosting + maintaining the Southern Appalachia Fibershed website and marketing material.

Please R.S.V.P. via email (kacie@fiberfarm.net) so that we can plan ahead and put out enough chairs for everyone.

 

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Aug
5
1:00 PM13:00

8/5/18 - Introduction to Sashiko Stitching W/ Aaron Sanders Head

 image- Grace Boto

image- Grace Boto

Please follow link below to purchase ticket via the instructor’s website:

Ticket Link: http://www.aaronsandershead.com/workshops/fiber-farm-sashiko

Date: Sunday, August 5

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM (CST)

Location: Fiber Farm - Tracy City, TN

I am thrilled to be partnering with Aaron Sanders Head for this special Sashiko stitching workshop!

Participants will learn the basic stitches and patterns of Sashiko stitching, along with a brief history behind Sashiko stitching and its origins as a decorative utilitarian stitch. After learning the basic rules of Sashiko, participants will then be encouraged encourage to bend those rules and develop their own stitching voice.

Students are provided with naturally dyed fabric for stitching on, along with Sashiko thread and other naturally dyed thread for stitching with, and students will leave with a 4-patch sampler wall-hanging of Sashiko patterns.

 image - Grace Boto

image - Grace Boto

 

After learning the framework and basic patterns, students can wander through the farm and stitch in a peaceful spot by the creek or in a rocking chair on the front porch.

Students are also encouraged to bring a textile, home good or article of clothing that could use some hand-stitched embellishment. Denim clothing, linen accessories and any medium-weight home good are perfect for this.

*Please note that a $5 material fee will be collected the day of the workshop to account for beautiful naturally-dyed thread that we will be using during the workshop.

Provided by instructor:

·      Naturally dyed fabric

·      Naturally dyed thread

·      Needles, thimbles, threader, snips and all sewing materials

·      Rulers and marking pens

Optional extras provided by students:

·      Clothing or home good for embellishment

 

 image - Grace Boto

image - Grace Boto

Fiber Farm is located in Tracy City, TN, surrounded by miles of hiking trails, countless waterfalls, top rope climbing, and some of the most wonderful back roads adventures to be had. Tracy City is conveniently located 1.5 hours from Nashville and 1 hour from Chattanooga. For more information on the farm, please visit the website here.

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Jun
23
to Jun 24

Indigo Dyeing + Hand Stitching Weekend at the Farm

 Indigo Sample + Image : Nadene Mairesse

Indigo Sample + Image : Nadene Mairesse

SAVE THE DATE - June 23-24

Join us for a 2-Day Immersion in the art of Natural Dyeing + Slow Stitching.

a collaboration + celebration of textile traditions.

I'm teaming up with Nadene Mairesse + Aaron Head for this informative, yet relaxing event.

Keep this weekend free if you've been looking to dive further into the world of natural indigo dyeing + conscious clothing repair.

Tickets + Event Details available here.

[No prior experience necessary.]

 Fabric Awaiting the Vat: Aaron Head

Fabric Awaiting the Vat: Aaron Head


A GLIMPSE INTO THAT WEEKEND:

[ images by Grace Boto ]


OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

 

CAMP:

If you are traveling from out of town, you are most welcome to come stay with us here on the farm. Choose a primitive campsite located in the shade of the trees down by the creek and make yourself at home! Water and electricity is available a short walk away at the barn in case you need to charge your phone or refill your water bottles. An outhouse style compost toilet is also on site.

[camping is FREE with the purchase of ticket]

 


BUNK HOUSE:

If you prefer a bit less rustic experience, the front of this old farmhouse is set up to host 4 folks in a bunk house type setting. You will have a private bathroom and entry/exit to the house, and also access to the shared kitchen in case you need it.

[ $40/person/night, first come, first served. Please contact me directly to reserve your spot]


LOCAL AirBnB OPTIONS:

There is also a selection of AirBnb options that I have personally been to and can vouch for.

The Moonshine Runner's Cabin is located right down the road in Tracy City and is a 5 minute walk to the farm. It is owned and operated by the wonderful folks who make all the delicious treats at the Dutch Maid Bakery; word on the street is they deliver baked goods to all their guests.

 Moonshine Runner's Cabin, Tracy City, TN

Moonshine Runner's Cabin, Tracy City, TN

Right outside of town, is Camp Mountain Lake Retreats that offers a view of Grundy Lakes State Park. This space would be a good option for a group as it can accommodate up to 6 people. Camp Mountain Lake Retreat is conveniently located 3 miles from the farm.

 Camp Mountain Lake Retreat, Tracy City, TN

Camp Mountain Lake Retreat, Tracy City, TN

I have yet to visit this particular Cabin but the owner is a wonderful local woman who I highly respect, so I know that this is a special spot and will serve as a wonderful option for a weekend resting place.

 Cabin along the Fiery Gizzard Trail, Tracy City TN

Cabin along the Fiery Gizzard Trail, Tracy City TN


LOCAL HOTELS:

If hotels are more your thing, the Smoke House in Monteagle (12 minute drive) offers both individual rooms and cabins on the property.

There is also the option of staying at the Sewanee Inn (16 minute drive) that is located on the stunning campus of the University of the South.

 


 

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the details!

(kacie@fiberfarm.net / 423.280.4004)

 

 

 

 

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Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Annual Open House

  • 251 10th Street Tracy City, TN, 37387 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come out and spend the day with us!

Meet the resident critters, take a tour of the farm, enjoy a walk down by the creek, and don't forget to check out the gift shop (AKA the left side of my garage) before you depart!

There will be a hydration station and light refreshments available throughout the day.

This event is 100% free and open to the public. Please stop by and say hello!

 

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Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Annual Fiber Harvest Celebration

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Join us on the farm for an opportunity to witness the annual fiber harvest.

DATE: Saturday, April 21 2018

TIME: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM  [CST]

PRICE: $65 (purchase tickets by following this link)

LUNCH: Potluck Style. A sampling of food from local shops / bakeries will be available; please feel free to bring your favorite recipe to share if you have any specific dietary restrictions.


10 AM: We will begin the day by shearing several of the resident alpacas, followed by a fiber skirting and carding demonstrations.

12 PM: Lunch Break.

1 PM: The afternoon will be reserved for various fiber demonstrations.


- Natural Dye Demo: several vats of locally foraged natural dyes will be heating over the fire throughout the afternoon with fabric swatches available for those who wish to experiment. [Jessica Robertson, the wonderful woman behind Honor_Of , will be attending the vats, sharing her knowledge, and keeping y'all out of the fire.]

- Drop Spindle Demo: witness the fiber that was shorn in the morning turned into several weights of yarn by using variations of a simple tool that has been around for over 10,000 years. [Spinning guru, Justin Near will have several spindles on hand + sharing her knowledge on this ancient art.]

-Community Weaving Project: 3.5' x 5' Metal Frame Loom will be set up with various fabric + fiber available for exploring texture and shape on a larger scale.

The location for this gathering is in the back yard + barn. Weather Permitting, we will be working outside over an open fire, + alongside a humble herd of curious critters.

Please join us as we continue to add to the rich history of this gathering space while enjoying the company of like minds and fresh ideas.

**Please wear clothing you don't mind to get dirty + smelling like a campfire. We will be spending time outside, weather permitting. I will be sure to send out an email a few days prior to this event to keep everyone up to date on our plans in accordance to the weather.

**If Mother Nature has other plans in mind we will set aside Sunday, April 22 as a backup rain date.


**  No refunds are offered although ticket exchanges are accommodated.

**  If inclement weather occurs, event will be moved to the following day.   (Sunday, April, 22)

 

 

Please feel free to call or email with any questions-

kacie@fiberfarm.net / 423.280.4004

 

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Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Trails and Trilliums Festival + Art Popup

  • South Cumberland State Park Visitor's Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 Sycamore Falls, Fiery Gizzard Creek

Sycamore Falls, Fiery Gizzard Creek

Art Popup happening Saturday April 14

at the South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center!

[20% of all artist sales go directly to the park]

When: April 14th from 10 PM - 3PM

More details can be found by following the link below to the main website:

Trails and Trilliums 2018 Festival Information

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Celebrating the Natural Wonder of the South Cumberland Plateau

Trails and Trilliums is a multi-day celebration of Spring, featuring expertly-guided hikes on many of the South Cumberland State Park's most scenic trails.  The festival offers a full slate of FREE Family Fun events for children and the adults who come with them, plus nature-oriented programs and workshops for kids of all ages. There’s also music, food, and a variety of artists and craft vendors offering works for sale.  The Saturday evening Wine & Wildflowers fund-raiser is a favorite spring social event.  All proceeds from ticket, food and merchandise sales benefit the Friends of South Cumberland State Park, a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization, working in support of the Park.

The 2018 Trails and Trilliums festival is being held on the grounds of the South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center, on US 41, four miles east of I-24 (exit 134) in Monteagle, Tennessee.  Guided hikes are scheduled on April 13th, 14th and 15th; Family Fun activities at the Visitor Center take place on Saturday, April 14th from 10 am to 3 pm; Wine and Wildflowers takes place on Saturday evening, April 14th, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
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Mar
24
to Mar 25

Spring Time Photo Sessions

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Mason Belle Photography + Fiber Farm are teaming up to offer a series of Portrait Sessions:

Join us at the farm on March 24 / 25 for an opportunity to make memories with your family + friends in the company of a few fellow farm animals: baby bunnies, alpacas, miniature donkeys, and a sheep.

[+ lamb depending on birthday!]


$150 session includes:

30 minutes in front of the camera
Simply styled spring inspired background setups
Option of farm animal appearance in a few photos
Edited images + print release delivered via online gallery.

 

Secure your spot by contacting me at:

kacie@fiberfarm.net | 423.280.4004

Please request the 30-minute time slot of your preference:

Saturday March 24 or Sunday March 25 between 10 am - 3 pm

This is the perfect opportunity to get a few unique images to share with the folks you love.

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** Images do NOT have to be Easter-themed - feel free to use this as an opportunity to get cleaned up with your crew and we'll create a timeless session with neutral backgrounds. **

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Mar
17
to Mar 18

Sheep Shearing at Hill and Hollow Farm

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A unique opportunity to witness the full process of raising fiber animals from soil to skin. Join us for shearing weekend March 17 + 18 at Hill and Hollow Farm in Breeding, KY!

Ticket Link - Sheep Shearing at Hill and Hollow Farm

I am packing up and heading to Kentucky for the weekend of March 17-18 to help the wonderful folks at Hill and Hollow Farm shear their herd of sheep. Save the date and keep in touch! I will update this event page as the details unfold:

"Join us for our annual sheep shearing weekend. You will have the opportunity to assist in shearing our flock of Jacob's Sheep. We will offer demonstrations in all aspects of fiber processing so you can truly experience what it takes to go from sheep to shawl. As with all events here, we offer nourishing seasonal fare at the farmers table. Experience the true joy of local fiber at Hill and Hollow Farm. We would love to host you!"

 

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Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

Crafty Bastards Nashville

Location: The Gulch neighborhood, 11th Ave S & Laurel Street. (Nashville)

Event Link: {here}

Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade goods from independent artists that originated 13 years ago in Washington, D.C., presented by our sister publication, the Washington City Paper. Nashville Scene launched a version of the event in November 2014 as Crafts and Drafts, integrating a curated selection of beer for sale along with the handcrafted items, activities, entertainment and food truck fare. Following three successful iterations of Crafts and Drafts, Nashville Scene is relaunching the event in our market as Crafty Bastards, with artist submissions from a national level and relocating this outdoor event to The Gulch neighborhood on Saturday, November 4 from 10 AM - 4 PM. This is a FREE event!

 

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Sep
22
to Sep 23

HempX Asheville at Franny's Farm

When: Friday + Saturday September 22-23, 2017

Where: 22 Franny's Farm Rd / Leicester, NC 28748(20 minutes from Asheville, NC)

Ticket link : {CLICK HERE}

22 Franny's Farm Rd
Leicester, NC 28748

Campsites, Glampsites and Cabins are available - More details {HERE}

Since 2015, HempX Asheville has been bringing together farmers, artists, crafters, and entrepreneurs to explore the diverse opportunities in industrial hemp. Staged the last two years at Highland Brewing Company, this year the festival has a new home at Franny's Farm in Leceister, NC and will be held September 22-23rd.

HempX Asheville focuses in on "hands on" workshops and experiences so each attendee will be introduced to the multiple applications and uses of industrial hemp. Franny's Farm, will be harvesting their two acres of hemp for fiber a few weeks before the festival, so a walk to the hemp field, time on the brake, pounding the pulp for paper, and using hemp yarns for weaving, will bring the story of "from seed to plant to processing to product"to life. With the best vendors, self guided eco tours, on-site camping, and live music at night to complement, there is no other hemp-centric experience like HempX Asheville in the South.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND
Welcome Reception/Dinner    6-9pm ($25.00)

"A Taste of Hemp" - Enjoy hemp-infused cocktails and dinner under the Big Tent @ Franny's Farm.
Please dress casual and comfortable and be sure to visit the VIP vendors that will already be set up on the farm.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD
Vendors Open  11am-6pm
Get a head start and come early to visit with all those vendors and organizations at HempX Asheville. The vendor tents will be open throughout the entire day.

The HempX Experience   12-5pm ($25.00)
All workshops, demos, and panels (see next section) will be held @Franny's Farm. The afternoon schedule allows everyone plenty of time to take the self guided Farm Tour and take a peek at a working hemp field. Now that NC's industrial hemp pilot program is underway, we are adding more panels and discussions with hemp farmers from NC & KY. There will be some walking involved and expect to get a little dirty. Be sure to dress casual and comfortable, wear the right shoes, and bring a water bottle. After registration, you will receive your designated workshop schedule via email in August. There will be a food truck on site (12-8pm), plenty of water refill stations, and hemp-infused free samples throughout the day.

5-6pm - The Hempy Hour featuring Hemp activist and Kentucky legend Craig Lee

7pm - The Concert - Jane Kramer with Free Planet Radio & Billy Cardine
This concert is included with every $25 Saturday ticket and we are selling a limited number of tickets for the concert for $12 here. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association and their support of hemp farmers across NC.

 

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Jul
9
1:00 PM13:00

Hemp Fiber Workshop

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Join us for a day at the farm, focusing on cottage scale hemp fiber processing using brakes, hackles, combs, drop spindles, and hand looms.

Location - Six Boots Grower's Collective : 4506 Old Hickory BoulevardNashville, TN 37218

Cost: $10 (children are free)

Ticket Link : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hemp-fiber-workshop-tickets-35766724235

Kacie Lynn from the Fiber Farm will demonstrate how you can create your own hemp fiber creations using spinning and weaving techniques. A small sample of locally foraged natural dyes will be available for on site experiments.

You can also connect with individuals active in Tennessee's hemp industry to learn how hemp fiber is taking root as a natural fiber industry in Tennessee. This event is sponsored by Tennessee Grown LLC.

We will be grilling out hempdogs to purchase and serving up farm fresh watermelon. Potluck will begin at 6pm, please bring a dish if you wish to attend.

 

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Jun
16
to Jun 17

Porter Flea

 

Location: Skyway Studios
3201 Dickerson Pike,
Nashville, TN 37207

Friday, June 16th // Preview Market – 6-9pm (Indoors/Air Conditioned, Rain or Shine)


Saturday, June 17th // Main Market – 10am-5pm (Indoors/Air Conditioned, Rain or Shine)

"Featuring modern handmade goods from the area's most talented designers, Porter Flea is Nashville's definitive pop-up event for independent artists, designers, and artisans.

Nashville’s Porter Flea was launched in July, 2011, with a focus on celebrating modern handmade goods. Now in its sixth year, the juried and curated, semi-annual market is led by Katie Vance and her husband, HollerDesign owner Matt Alexander, who continue an emphasis on the handmade art and design movement, local businesses and community building. Along with connecting hundreds of local/regional makers with tens of thousands of shoppers, Porter Flea has earned consistent press praise, including being named Best Artisan Market by the Nashville Scene in 2012, and appearing in Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Native, Forbes Travel Guide, StyleBlueprint and other publications."

 

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Jun
11
1:00 PM13:00

Planet Roo Acadamey Workshops - Dreamcatchers + Prayer Flags

Location: Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN

Two workshop offerings at the Academy, located within Planet Roo.

Hosted by yours truly + Brenna Burgiel of Radiant Shade

"The Academy, located within the hay bale building in the heart Planet Roo offers interactive arts experiences with workshops in art, song writing, percussion, henna tattooing, instrument building, gardening and more! stay tuned for a detailed schedule of this year’s academy activities. "

Sunday, June 11 - 1 PM : Dreamcatcher Workshop - create a 6" diameter dreamcatcher usingnatural materials dyed with locally foraged plants.

Sunday, June 11 - 3 PM :  Prayer Flag Workshop - create a unique series of 7 prayer flags using block printing techniques + natural pigments made with locally foraged plants.

For more information + the entire lineup of Academy workshops, click the link below:

Academy Schedule

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May
26
to May 28

Hemp in the Holler

Location: Healing Ground Farm

Browning Cemetery Rd, Mt Vernon, KY 40456, USA

 

Set on Mike Lewis's Healing Ground Farm in Livingston, KY,  Hemp in the Holler is an immersive educational experience.

From the Friday night Welcome Party to our "hands on" Saturday workshops (Braking, Spinning, Paper Making, Lighting, and Paper Making), the weekend will take your learning to the next level while networking with leadersthroughout the industry.  There are 50 camping sites with eco showers available if you would like to stay with us on the farm. 

PLEASE NOTE - there are a limited number of tickets available for this event; it's on a first come, first serve basis. Please email blake@hempxasheville.com with questions.
 

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Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Chattanooga River Market

Location: Chattanooga River Market
1 Broad St, Chattanooga, 37402, TN, United States

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Chattanooga Aquarium + Opening Weekend for the 2017 Farmer's Market

"Against the picturesque Tennessee River, the Chattanooga River Market boasts the unique talents of our local and regional artist, offering handmade arts and crafts. We offer a wide selection of jewelry, photography, apparel, woodwork, and much more.

Special engagements are featured each week, such as free yoga classes at 10 am (bring your own mat please) and live performances by local musicians. The Chattanooga River Market is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Art 120 will be joining us on the plaza for an art car parade. Children are invited to create their own smaller scale art cars and participate in the parade! "

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Apr
22
9:00 AM09:00

Hemp Agriculture and Textile Arts Immersion

 

Hosted in collaboration with Fibershed

From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
at Healing Ground Farm and the Community Center in Livingston, KY

9:00 am: Mayor Jason Medley introduces Livingston

9:15-9:30 am: Mike Lewis introduces skills training & working on site at the hemp farm

Hands-on skills training:

  • Hemp break, scutch and hackle — taught by Mike Lewis
  • Hemp fiber combing, blending and spinning — taught by Kacie Lynn
  • Hand loom weaving — taught by Leslie Terzian

Lunch provided at Healing Ground Farm.

RSVP: hello@fibershed.com (please specify that your RSVP is for the hands-on workshops)

 

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