Fibershed develops regional and regenerative fiber systems on behalf of independent working producers, by expanding opportunities to implement carbon farming, forming catalytic foundations to rebuild regional manufacturing, and through connecting end-users to farms and ranches through public education.
Fibershed is a national organization with headquarters in Northern California. Our organization manages a series of research and communications projects focused on rebuilding and in some cases building anew our region’s regenerative textile system. We work directly and collaborate with fiber and food producers and artisans who span 22 counties from the Oregon border to San Luis Obispo-- the Sierra foothills to the Pacific Ocean. Our national affiliate program collaborates with organizers of 50 Fibershed communities who are working to develop regional fiber and dye systems in their home geographies.
We envision the emergence of an international system of regional textile communities that enliven connection and ownership of ‘soil-to-soil’ textile processes. These diverse textile cultures are designed to build soil carbon stocks on the working landscapes on which they depend, while directly enhancing the strength of regional economies. Both fiber and food systems now face a drastically changing climate, and must utilize the best of time-honored knowledge and available science for their long-term ability to thrive.