Site 9: Dresow Family Farm
Site 12: Windswept Hill Farm
Site 11: Sutton Ridge Farm
Dresow Family Farm, 10900 Garfield Ave, Lonsdale, MN / www.facebook.com/DresowFamilyFarm / 612-325-3015
Dresow Family Farm has a small flock of 26 Cormo and CVM x Corriedale sheep. They are in the company of cattle, laying hens, pigs, numerous dogs and cats as well as a small herd of free range children. We raise our livestock on locally milled grains, grasses & clover from our pastures and bedding from our neighbor’s farm. We are working our way towards running a fully sustainable farm.
The Cormo breed was brought to the US via Australia. They are an intentional cross of Superfine Merino and Corriedale. The micron count for the breed is 17-23, which places them in the super fine to fine category. The fleeces that I have had tested range between 20 and 23 microns to date. They are also an excellent meat breed.
The sheep are shorn each spring. I bring the fleeces to Rach-al-paca Farm & Processing, about 40 minutes from the farm. I love being able to keep my process in MN and local. No chemicals are used to dissolve VM, so there are bits in the yarn. Each skein is rinsed in cold water as the final step so yardage is approximate. Currently I have 3 ply bulky, worsted, sport, fingering yarns as well as 2 ply fingering and super bulky and roving. Cormo fiber is so, so soft and springy and takes dye well.
I also sell in local yarn shops since 2013 & participate in fiber shows in Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota.
Site 10: Buscho Farms
Sutton Ridge Farm, 1500 W 200th St, Jordan, MN 55352 / www.suttonridgefarm.com / 952-492-5210
Our family owns and operates Sutton Ridge Farm where we grow and raise high-quality food for your table and beautiful, natural fibers for textiles, crafting and art. Crop diversity and crop rotation coupled with multi-species pasture rotation helps to ensure good health for the animals and the land. Products available include: 100% grass-fed, dry-aged Highland beef; milk-fed pork, grass-fed lamb, raw fleeces, roving, yarn, wool products, and whole grains.
Black Cat Farmstead, N3049 Nelson Lane, Stockholm, WI 54769 / blackcatfarmstead.com / 612-599-9047
Black Cat Farmstead raises Icelandic, Shetland and Gotland cross sheep. We grow flax and hand process it for
linen. The fiber studio and store, in a nineteenth-century house, has farm-raised wool (both primitive-style raw fleeces, washed and dyed fiber is available), flax, handspun yarns, woven goods, spinning wheels and other textile tools for sale. Credit cards accepted. Demonstrations of spinning, flax dressing, and weaving. Special Guest: Rush River Shetlands' Cindi Buerskens is bringing her beautiful farm-raised roving.
The North Star Farm Tour is a self-guided tour of twelve Twin Cities-regional fiber farms, connecting people to farmers who produce local, natural fibers.
The 2017 Tour takes place Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1, from 10 am to 5pm. Please contact individual farms if you have questions about their sites or products available, or visit the North Star Farm Tour facebook page for updates and additional tour information.
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Hidden River Farm, 2150 Highway 70, Mora, MN 55051 / firstname.lastname@example.org / 763-647-0197
Enjoy a Fall weekend, this year we will host the festival Saturday and Sunday. Pasture walks with the goats, wagon rides, walking trails , fiber demonstrations and antique tractors.
Site 8: Hidden River Farm
Site 7: Black Cat Farmstead
Buscho Farms, 18775 Gates Ave, Faribault, MN 55021 / https://www.facebook.com/BuschoFarms 832-392-1587
At Buscho Farms we raise and breed colored angora goats for quality mohair. Mohair can be used for spinning into yarn, felting and doll hair. There are close to 100 colored angora goats on out farm. We also raise huacaya and suri alpaca.
Windswept Hill Farm, 20800 Ahern Blvd, Farmington, MN 55024 / www.facebook.com/TheMondriBarn/ / 651-246-6332
Visitors of all ages are welcome at this family farm, remodeled with salvaged materials into an inspirational place for living, learning, and creating. Our sheep live our landmark MondriBarn, home to a friendly flock of Bluefaced Leicester sheep and a few uncooperative Shetlands. Meet the horses, foraging chickens, and pet Koi. Stroll the grounds, play a yard game, pick up a peck of locally grown apples from Brand Farms, or relax in the tent while you make a wool angel to take home as a gift. The MondriBarn Store features roving, yarn, handcrafts & gifts, including outdoor furniture and other items crafted from repurposed redwood.
Crows do it. Jays do it. Even North Star Farm Tour kids do it. Let's do it -- lets' make a nest!
Visitors of all ages will enjoy playing at our basketry station. Experience the art of basket making with natural fiber creating a "Bird's Nest". We'll supply natural materials found around the farm in an activity area and you have fun making a nest of your own design. Perhaps it will sit on a windowsill at home, or become a vessel to hold a treasured thing. We know one thing for sure: it will be a one-of-a-kind expression of your creativity.
For guests with limited mobility we offer valet parking and an ADA-accessible restroom.
On Saturday we are honored to welcome Basketweaver and Multidisciplinary Artist, Martha Bird. She will weave a willow basket throughout the day and answer questions, as well as have a display of various natural fibers that can be used in basketry.
Martha has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions that include locations and organizations such as the Minneapolis Convention Center, Textile Center, Spectrum Artworks, and the American Art Company in Tacoma, Washington. She is committed to community and has been involved in the arts as a student, volunteer, curator, arts organizer, teaching artist and arts advocate.
One of her sculptural baskets was chosen by Lloyd Herman, former founder and curator of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, to tour for a year from Seattle to Boston (July 2017-June 2018) with the National Basketry Organization’s All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century exhibit. Her work. has been described by the NBO as “a benchmark of excellence...that demonstrate superior technique and original concept and design.” More information at http://www.mnartists.org/martha-bird
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