MINNESOTA WOOL PROJECT UPDATE!
The NATURAL FIBER ALLIANCE has moved from the SHEEP & FIBER FARM TOUR wool niche market to the wool commercial market in hopes of more markets for all sizes of wool farmers.We are starting with two Minnesota farmers and possible one farmer in South Dakota.
Thank you to the UM Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture MISA for the fellowship funding for this project. Thank you to UM Regional Sustainable Development Partnership for their continual support. Our GOAL as UM Professor Hikaru Peterson stated:
"Grasp the Opportunity to redevelop the MidWest Wool Industry while taking advantage of the recent buy local that is the national trend."
STATUS: Our objective to meet the above goal is for current woolen textiles made by Minnesota Companies to be made with Minnesota Wool or Minnesota Wool & Midwest Wool.
NFA has developed a supply chain with eco friendly companies processing the 10,000 lbs of Minnesota wool from MN farmers includes scouring, making into open top, spinning worsted, dying, knitting/weaving and transportation. The farmers and knitting/weaving companies are in Minnesota. Warehouse in Illinois,Spinning/Dying in Nebraska, Scouring/Top in South Carolina,Transportation in Michigan.
The unit cost per hat is about to be finalized. Onto other woolen products!
We are fortunate to be able to have Hot House do the presentation and "sell" of this project to the companies!
Thank you for your support!