About Us

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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.