Animal and Plant Fiber Producer Survey Request

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Alpacas at Black Tulip Alpaca Farm.

Alpacas at Black Tulip Alpaca Farm. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Piedmont Fibershed is seeking to support a regional textile economy (North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia) that connects local fiber producers with processors, artisans, and consumers.

Piedmont Fibershed wants to find out how much and what kind of fiber is being produced in our region so they have created a survey for fiber producers. This information will make it possible for the organization to identify challenges in the local supply chain and seek funding to overcome them (that could be anything from support for small businesses to getting more mills in the region).

Who should take the survey?

Anyone who raises animals that produce fiber or grows fiber plants in North Carolina is invited to take the survey.

  • Individuals/farms raising fiber animals including, but not limited to, sheep, alpacas, goats, llamas, and rabbits.
  • Individuals/farms growing fiber plants including, but not limited to, flax, hemp, and cotton.
  • You can be raising fiber for as part of your main business, for a small business, or for your own use. You don’t have to be an “official” farmer.
  • Piedmont Fibershed wants to hear from you even if fiber is a byproduct of your main farming business, such as meat production or agritourism.

How will this information be used?

Many farmers report that they have fiber they can’t get processed or sold. Many artisans, textile businesses, and crafters report that they can’t get the kind of local fiber products they want to work with. What’s the disconnect?

This survey will provide data on how much fiber our region produces and the gaps in our supply chain. That information will guide Piedmont Fibershed’s work to create the resources and infrastructure our region’s fiber producers need to thrive.

Take the survey

If you have any questions about the survey please email info@piedmontfibershed.org

Shearing day at Black Tulip Alpaca Farm.

Shearing day at Black Tulip Alpaca Farm. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Shearing day at Black Tulip Alpaca Farm.

Shearing day at Black Tulip Alpaca Farm. Photo by Debbie Roos.