Memberships

Upper Canada Fibreshed wants to bring fibre, art, and craft, back into the mainstream. In so many ways the fibres we use are the connection we have to the land daily. The previous generation knew that, so should the next generation. This is a big challenge and for those willing to take it on it can be very rewarding.

Here are some of the ways you can participate:

  • Raw materials: A farmer who raises animals or grows plants for fibre or colour in an ecological fashion.
  • Processors: A fibre processor who cleans, and prepares fibres for use.
  • Products and People: A person who uses local fibres to create products. This includes dyers, weavers, knitters, spinners, and other manufacturers.
  • Local Yarn Shops: Retailers who sell local fibres to their customers.

Our programs support and focus on education and outreach to our community on the benefits of supporting a Fibreshed, including: carbon sequestration, wildlife conservation habitat preservation, and  economic development.

Fibershed Producers follow these guidelines:

  • All fiber is farmed ecologically/sourced within the the Upper Canada Fibreshed region  (see map)
  • All botanic dye is farmed/sourced within the Upper Canada Fibreshed region (see map)
  • All labor is sourced is the Upper Canada Fibreshed region (see map)

Exceptions:

  • Until the region has its own linen and fine gauge wool milling facility, Fibershed verifies goods from farmers that have had to send their raw material out of the area for milling.
  • Sewing thread and most notions are also not yet manufactured in our region, Fibershed verifies goods from artisans whose thread and notions are from out of the area

If you are interested in becoming a partner, leaning more about the requirements, or need clarification please contact us.

PRODUCERS

Farmers, artists, processors and retailers – $100 / year

Become a PRODUCER Member 

Membership includes:

  • Listing on the Website that includes link to your website, brief bio, and a photo
  • Media Kit with product tags, web badge, market sign and educational material (Downloadable PDF coming soon!)
  • Educational opportunities via peer to peer learning and networking, an e-newsletter, private facebook group, email forums, workshops and events
  • 10% discount on all workshops and events that charge admission
  • Advertising in the newsletter, on social media, and the website
  • Early-bird access to special events, workshops and promotions offered by UCFS
  • Brand recognition for your fibreshed products
  • Join a community of like-minded folks who really have a lot of fun making the wold a more fibre friendly (and healthy) place

 

{PRO}SUMERS

Supporters and users of fibreshed products and services – $50 / year

PROSUMER – Consumer + Producer. Rather than blindly consumer or producing in isolation, the prosumer is involved in and connected to both the production and consumption processes.

  • 10% discount on all workshops and events that charge admission
  • 10% discount on all products sold on the website
  • Early-bird access to special events, workshops and promotions offered by UCFS
  • Join a community of like-minded folks who really have a lot of fun making the wold a more fibre friendly (and healthy) place

Become a {PRO}SUMER Member 

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