~From Farm to Fashion~ Meet the Michigan Fiber Cooperative

Update

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!  

One Skein of Michigan Fiber Cooperative's Fresh Water Fiber Yarn

$35.00

($7.00 shipping)

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

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.  

About Us

A Farmer Owned Cooperative

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!

How Does The Michigan Fiber Cooperative Work?

  • Donate your raw, skirted fine-fiber (alpaca, merino, rambouillet, etc) and we store it until we have enough to process.
  • What you do: You donate your raw fiber to MFC and pay a one-time membership fee of $150, and annual dues of $30.
  • What you get back: You buy finished yarn at the wholesale price if you wish to market it yourself.
  • What “we” get out of it: MIFC (including you as a member) intends to re-invest gradually accrued profits into additional runs of yarn, or other products - maybe even infrastructure (i.e. a sorting facility, and other manufacturing services not currently in the state).
  • Where is MIFC located? MFC leases a barn in Kent County where volunteers gather to sort and prep the fiber for processing.
  • When does MFC collect fiber? MFC collects fiber when one project is finished and a new one is approved by the Board of Directors.  We sort the fiber for processing and deliver it to the mill. Members are able to purchase yarn approximately six months later.
  • Who is in charge of quality control? Sellers are on-their-honor to deliver clean, sorted and usable fiber. They sign an affidavit after learning about quality control and fiber management. Fiber will be rejected if it is of poor quality. 
  • How will I get my yarn? Thirty percent of the yarn will be set aside for Yarn Stores and the remaining 70 percent will be made available first, to those who contributed fiber for processing and if there is product left, members who didn't contribute fiber to the "run," but are paying annual dues will be able to purchase the remaining yarn.

Contact us today!

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.


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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? 

Michigan Fiber Cooperative

517-372-1500

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