Holy smokes! In the past few weeks more than half of the yarn has left our farm storage area! We've updated the website to include the yarn shops carrying our Fresh Water Fiber skeins. They are listed under the Shop Local button.
If you are thinking about buying, please don't delay, we would never want to disappoint you!
Please search the local yarn shops button first and if there isn't a shop in your area we will cater to you!
This lovely Michigan grown, 50/50 alpaca/merino yarn is the Fiber Cooperative's first project. It's a yummy 3-ply, worsted weight, skein with 200 yards weighing a whopping 4 ounces. Use size 6 or 7 needles to create the gorgeous hat and mitts gift out of one skein. If you are interested in multiple orders, please visit the Buy Our Yarn button.
How many times have you thought to yourself, “If I could make enough money to feed my animals and re-invest in the farm, I’d be happy.”
Marketing your fiber, especially yarn, is fun, and you meet lots of wonderful people, but it also takes you away from home, your animals and your farm. We have a solution.
Join the Michigan Fiber Cooperative, and we will process your fiber and you buy back the finished yarn to sell for knitting - only what you need, the cooperative (remember YOU are part of the cooperative) keeps the rest. Plus, you get membership benefits such as a discount on Michigan grown yarn that may include fiber for knitting from your animals.
In 2011 a group of fiber growers contacted the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) for assistance in becoming a cooperative. MDARD connected them to Michigan State University’s Product Center. The Michigan yarn and fiber mills joined the team and viola, three years later, with lots of meetings and ground work, the Michigan Fiber Industry Coalition Cooperative - also known as the Michigan Fiber Cooperative, is official!
Owned by fiber farmers, and designed to benefit fiber farmers, MFC promotes the growing, and production of fine fiber animals. We invest in the processing, and you receive value added products. It will be a sustainable plan that keeps local farmers growing and selling their angora rabbit fleece, alpaca, bison, camel, cashmere, llama, mohair, wool and yak fibers in Michigan.
The cooperative takes the work out of what you grow. The cooperative acts as a distributor. Your raw fiber does not have to be sold out of state and shipped overseas to become a garment. It can happen here, and by joining the cooperative, you are part of the burgeoning business of textile manufacturing in Michigan.
So contact us about the benefits of working together to ease your work load!
If you are a yarn shop, fiber farmer, or work in the fashion industry we are the perfect fit for you! Buying and using locally sourced products is an important aspect of the farm to fashion industry.
Supporting the local economy bu knitting with Fresh Water Fiber yarn puts cash right back into the people who live in your community. When you buy MFC's Fresh Water Fiber yarn you are supporting veterinarians, grain and hay farmers, farm stores, sheep and alpaca shearers, fencing companies, knitters, fashion designers, yarn stores, and most importantly - the family farm!
Contact the Michigan Fiber Cooperative at: 517-372-1500 or email us by filling out the contact form below.
We love our customers, and many of us have farm shops. So feel free to contact us to make an appointment. Why not visit the farm where your clothes are made?