CraftSanity Episode 218: A conversation about slow fashion and the beginning stages of developing a fiber shed with farmer, shepherdess, and natural dyer, Lori Evesque

by jennifer

At Natural Cycles Farm in southern Allegan County, Lori Evesque is raising fresh food, fiber and plants to sell at local farmers markets and share with students in her yarn dyeing workshops. With a background in chemistry and an interest in growing plants to use in natural dyeing experiments, her natural dyeing projects grew more intense when she started demonstrating these techniques at Viking re-enactment events.

Evesque bought a farm a couple years ago and has committed to growing her own food and providing her customers and students with organic choices and inspiration to eat local, dye local and think carefully about their consumption of throw-away fashion. While recent political maneuvering has led to trade wars and tariffs beyond our control, Evesque is hopeful that we can use this international shakeup as an opportunity to push to create more in our local communities.

Tune in to this episode to hear Evesque talk about her farm and her hopes to get West Michigan fiber producers connected so farmers, artists, craftspeople and educators who work with naturally grown supplies can establish and enjoy a sustainable local supply chain.

Visit Evesque at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market and shop her produce and hand dyed yarns. You can also attend her Oct. 1 presentation at the Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild meeting in Grand Rapids and try to snag one of the limited spots in her Sept. 30 natural dye workshop. (Email jennifer for details.)

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