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The Artists meet the Alpacas…

Rebecca brought two of her Fibershed artists…

…and the black felt jacket they made together…

…to meet the alpacas who grew the wool for the jacket…

…and the ranchers who raised the alpacas for the wool.

I am not sure who enjoyed the meeting more…

…the alpacas…

…or the artists.

But I think everyone, including the dogs, can agree that it was another super fun Fibershed adventure.

We learned, and saw, so much more than we ever thought we would…

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…including all of Rebecca’s cute new leggings.

To learn more about our alpaca adventure, and Rebecca’s cute new leggings, check out Rebecca’s Fibershed blog:

http://fibershed.wordpress.com/

 

Download your Windrush Farm Summer Camp 2010 Registration Form Here…

We are getting excited for Windrush Farm Camp 2010. The applications have already started coming in… so make sure you send your forms in quickly to reserve a spot for your child at the best sheep herding, veggie picking, dog grooming, wood fired pizza making, pool party in the Bay Area.

If you still need a registration form you can download it right here….

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Can’t wait to see you soon!

Fibershed… (pass it on)

Spring has finally arrived and suddenly everything is coming to life again, including my schedule. I have a lot of exciting new projects on the horizon, and after a good long, wet winter, I am ready to get to work again.

One of the potential projects that I am most excited about, is working with Rebecca Burgess on her year long commitment to Fibershed.

Rebecca is trying to bring awareness to the problems surrounding our current textile industry, and to do so, she has vowed to only wear clothes that are made within her Fibershed.

This means that for one year she can only wear clothes that are made from fiber (wool or cotton) that is grown and produced within 150 miles of her home in Marin County.

So Rebecca is working with local farmers, like Mimi Luebbermann at Windrush Farm, local artists, like Heidi Iverson, fashion design students and local businesses… and hopefully I will get to document it all… if she gets enough funding.

Because Rebecca is eager to get this project going as fast as possible, she has set up a sort of micro-loan program with a cool organization called Kickstarter. Kickstarter provides a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers… and we have to find people to provide the funding.

So our search for people who are interested in supporting this important project has begun. And the first step is education.

So if you would like to learn more about Fibershed then check out Rebecca’s new blog:

http://fibershed.wordpress.com/

If you would like to learn more about Rebecca then check out her new website:

http://www.rebeccarburgess.com/

If you would like to help make this very cool project come to life, then please click here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fibershed/funding-fibershed-one-year-150-miles

And if we get enough support, hopefully, very soon, you’ll get to see the farms and farmers where Rebecca will get her fiber, you’ll get to see the artisans who will make her clothes, and you’ll get to see Rebecca wearing some incredibly fashionable, sustainable and locally made clothes.


It’s Spring at Windrush Farm…

And that means lots of cute baby faces.

And lots of proud mom faces too.

Some of the moms I helped deliver when they were born… like the sheep named Paige, who is standing above. I helped deliver her on my first night living on the farm, five years ago.

It is funny to compare what she and I have both done over the past five years… she has probably given birth to eight lambs, whereas I have gone to London, gotten my master’s degree and gotten married.

I remember when I lived on the farm, I wanted to start a woman’s movement for these girls. I tried to tell them to: Run. Go. I told them there is a big world out there and they don’t have to spend their life being pregnant.

But by the time fall would come around again, they must have forgotten everything that I told them. Because there they’d be, standing at the fence, heads hanging low and panting heavily at the ram on the other side, who was breathing just as hard as he eagerly waited for his glorious day to come.

So the lambs are here again, and they are learning how to jump while I am learning video…

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It’s All About the Light…

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Melissa and Kevin got married at Windrush Farm, a place very close to my heart.

It is the farm where… I fell in love with my husband, where I lived for a year and a half in a barn and learned how to milk a cow, collect eggs, and help sheep have their lambs, and where I photographed my very first wedding five years ago.

So it was really fun to photograph another wedding there, and to think about all that I have done and learned in the last five years. But one reason why I like photographing at Windrush Farm so much is because the light is amazing… both inside the house and outside of the house. And the secret to getting good wedding photographs is choosing a place with good light.

It helped that Melissa and Kevin had their ceremony at sunset. They made that decision to honor their Jewish traditions, but I like to think they made the decision to help out their photographer. Regardless of the reason, it was so much fun to photograph because the light was beautiful every direction I turned.

It also helped that the ceremony was in the middle of a pasture and that it was timed perfectly with the rising of a full moon. So the light, the moon, the people, the red tail hawk crying over our heads… they all were incredible…. and unfortunately so was the wind.

The wind was very, very cold. But everyone huddled together as best as they could, and afterward we all had a greater appreciation for the big ball of fire in the sky and for the tall silver poles of fire that were on the patio and in the tent during the reception.

Congratulations, Melissa and Kevin. Good job picking such a great place and time of day to get married, and thanks for letting me document your beautiful big step forward.

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Natural Light and Fiber Arts…

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Peggy Osterkamp needed photos of her latest woven art pieces for a competition… so back to the barn we went, my favorite studio, especially now that it has the skylights. I just hung up a black cloth and away we went. I don’t know that I will ever use real lights, as long as I have my favorite barn. Thanks again to Mimi, at Windrush Farm, for letting us play.

I told Peggy, this kind of photography is not my specialty, but her pieces are so interesting that I had lots of fun experimenting with the light and fiber. I especially love the first one, because it reminds me of the jelly fish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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This is what our set-up looked like… can’t get much more simple than that.

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And here is the amazing artist, who created all these beautiful pieces, trying to make the puffiness just perfect.

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A day of edible beauty…

Well, I wanted to boost my food photography portfolio… so I made it happen at Windrush Farm, with the help of the Gardening, Baking, Styling, and Photography Dream Team…

Most of the veggies and flowers were grown and harvested by: Rebecca Bozzelli at the Sonoma Garden Park, Paul Wirtz at Oak Hill Farm and Mimi Luebbermann at Windrush Farm.

Pizzas were made from scratch by Mike the Baker Zakowski, also from Sonoma.

The ingredients of the day were styled by the talented Esther Feinman (with her arsenal of pretty things) and her fabulous friend Stacey.

The location and many of the props were graciously provided by Mimi Luebbermann of Windrush Farm.

A big thanks also to:

The Firestarter/Male Model/Comedian Arann Harris.

Nick from Nik’s Chix for the eggs.

Jude Mooney, my photography partner who will soon be displaying her own version of the day, and her super helper daughter, Dixie.

The gorgeous James family for modeling, yet again.

The people behind Parducci Wine who generoulsy gave us wine for our wedding in exchange for photography.

Christy, Mike’s wonderful girlfriend, who helped with anything that we needed help with.


Here’s to teamwork and more amazing dinner parties on the farm with fresh food and wonderfully talented friends.


You Just Have to Wait…

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I had an amazing Sunday… it was full of yummy fresh homemade food that was grown, prepared, baked and styled by incredibly talented people. And I can’t wait to share my new collection of food photos… but you just have to wait… because this is slow food. I only have 300 more photos to sort through and then I’ll be ready to share the very best.

By the way, that pie up there… I made it! It is my very first made-from-scratch strawberry rhubarb pie… thanks to a little help from my dearest friend Rebecca and the Joy of Cooking.

More pie and other tasty treats coming soon.

Whatever your style… it’s just about having fun…

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We are getting excited for Windrush Farm Camp 2009. The applications have already started coming in… so make sure you send your forms in quickly to reserve a spot for your child at the best sheep herding, veggie picking, dog grooming, wood fired pizza making, pool party in the Bay Area.

Click here to visit the Windrush Farm blog where you can find the brochure and registration forms.

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