Open House - April 27 and 28
Battenkill Fibers is proud to be part of the annual Washington County Fiber Tour. We will be open both days 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for tours and hands-on activities. Any orders with finished weight over 10 lbs. placed during the Open House will receive 10% off. Make a day of it - visit some farms and pick up some fiber. Then come by the mill to get it processed. Imagine a nice Romney/mohair roving for hand-spinning or a soft two-ply yarn from local alpaca and wool. The combinations are endless!
The Farm Report, a program of the HeritageRadioNetwork.org presents: From Sheep to Yarn: AN EXPLORATION OF FIBER. Listen-in June 21, June 28, and July 5 at 1 p.m. or anytime as a podcast available through iTunes. More infomation >>
Battenkill Fibers featured in June 11, 2012 edition of the Saratogian... And featured on Vogue Knitting's Facebook. It's all in the name: Saratoga Collection yarn (made by Battenkill Fibers) to be sold nationally. Read story on-line >>
Get ready for shearing
See a skirting demonstration - our new video shows how to get the most useful fiber return from your next shearing. Watch now>>
Foster Sheep Farm writes
About roving processing at Battenkill Fibers in their Out The Window blog. Read blog >>
Fiber fact sheets - useful information and fun ideas
Dyeing yarn and roving, needle-felting, and other projects.See all now >>
JOIN OUR TEAM. Now hiring machine operators and fiber handlers; and ask about internships and volunteer opportunities. Responsible for all aspects of fiber and yarn sorting and production including opening, scouring, carding, combing, spinning, and plying. Download full job description >>
Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill provides value-added, custom carding and spinning services for fiber farms and others; and manufactures yarn and fiber products for wholesale and retail markets. We produce artisan quality natural-colored and dyed yarn using traditional semi-worsted milling machinery.
We are committed to our customers and our community – we pay a fair price for fibers sourced from family-owned farms, we insure equitable evaluation of fiber quality, we offer diverse employment opportunities, and we make environmentally responsible choices in all aspects of our procurement, processing and distribution.
We embrace and respect the nature, history, and culture of our place on the land in the Upper Hudson Valley; and strive to sustain this rural heritage for future generations. We furnish access to local processing for farmers, unique materials for handcrafters, and authentic experiences for visitors to the region.
200 YEARS OF TEXTILE PRODUCTION
Although scattered settlement and
minor industry had occurred in and
around the area of what is now the
village of Greenwich prior to the
18th century, it was not until the
beginning of the 19th century that
the full potential of the Battenkill River for providing power for industry was realized. Learn more >>>
SOUTHERN ADIRONDACK FIBER PRODUCERS COOPERATIVE
ANNUAL WOOL POOL DATE SET - This year, the Southern Adirondack Wool Pool will be June 13-15 at the Washington County Fair in Greenwich. Call for details 518-692-2700. Our national buyer was impressed with the overall condition of wool from our area ; and has offered to purchase the 2013 Pool. Prices will be announced in early June. In 2012, over 40 farms participated in the Pool; and brought in nearly 20,000 lbs of white and natural colored wool.
Over 25 fiber farmers and their families attended a free workshop on Quality Fleece Production that took place on March 31, 2012 on the Ensign Brook Farm and at the mill. The 2013 workshop will be April 20. Download agenda >>>
Educational materials, furnished by the American Sheep Industry Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and other organizations were included in registration. If you aren't able to attend, you may contact the mill to request copies.
The workshops are sponsored by the Southern Adirondack Fiber Producers Cooperative as part of their "Quality fleece production awareness and education project" that was begun in 2011; and wa orginally funded by a grant awarded to the Coop from the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program. Now funds come from Coop membership fees charged to all Wool Poll sellers.
The coop can arrange opportunities for people to visit sheep, alpaca, and goat farms; learn spinning, dyeing, and felting in on-farm fiber workshops; and enjoy great local food, lodging, and fun with other knitters any time of the year.
Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival Oct. 5-6, 2013
2013 SPRING HOURS (for tours and fiber drop off)
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Call 518 692 2700 to arrange for tours or fiber drop-off during the evening or on the weekend. Thanks!