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!