Jen Hunter  -  Modern wool processing

Company of Merchants of the Staple of England

Andy Wear, our two boys and myself manage our farming world of livestock and visitors throughtout the farming and event calendar year. The farm is 160 acres grasslands, woodland, orchard and kitchen garden. We rent a further 500+ acres to rotationally graze 2000 sheep, 40 Angus sucklers and together with pigs, chickens, dogs and children we fill our lives with special characters and sell produce commercially to local markets and, preferably as tasty meals to visitors with zero food miles and complete traceability.

Grade II converted stone barns provide accommodation with camping and festival diversification, and with the HLS educational grant scheme we offer day visits, therapeutic residentals,wool workshops and weekend celebrations to 10,000 visitors annually.

Our farm has been re-established as an eco-farm and I wish to incorporate fresh ideas for working with wool that will make full use of all our wool grades, eco-installation facitilies, Andy's shearing demonstrations and encourage craft therapy with a hope of discovering inspiration for a one-stop wool shop.

It's with immense thanks to the Nuffield Scholarship Trust for enabling me to release this idea to others, make time to discover how wool is processed to suit todays environmental concerns, compare natural and synthetic fibres and allow consumers to make informed decisions about ethical and ecological production techniques.

Ultimate goal is for finished wool products, that are as carbon neutral as the fleece itself, manufactured as a natural, long-life textile and that its new owner appreciates what a truly versatile, protective and comforting, renewable and biodegradable by-product wool has always, and will always be.    

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