Three Rivers Fibershed Board

Maddy Bartsch  (Executive Director)  Maddy Bartsch is a artist, educator, and sustainable fiber systems organizer. With experience in decentralized textile economies which ranges from the textile analysis of natural fibers, to shepherding, farming, and local fiber milling, to a deep connectivity to the fiber arts/fashion communities within Minnesota, Maddy has worked her way from soil to sweater. These experiences have deepened Maddy’s knowledge of what is needed to build strong, decentralized textile economies that draw from the resources within each unique community. It is with this dynamic set of experiences and skills that  led Maddy to work as a contract project manager for Fibershed of California. Past projects have included the Hemp Wool Book, the National Mill Inventory Survey, and the Yarn Incubator program. Maddy works to help folks navigate their local fiber systems around the country, speaks on the topic of local fiber systems and sustainable fashion, and teaches fiber arts classes to learners of all ages throughout Minnesota. Maddy is President of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota and can be found, most summer days, in her gardens tending to her natural dye plants.  Maddy can be reached at  saltofthenorth@gmail.com    Instagram

Maddy Bartsch

(Executive Director)

Maddy Bartsch is a artist, educator, and sustainable fiber systems organizer. With experience in decentralized textile economies which ranges from the textile analysis of natural fibers, to shepherding, farming, and local fiber milling, to a deep connectivity to the fiber arts/fashion communities within Minnesota, Maddy has worked her way from soil to sweater. These experiences have deepened Maddy’s knowledge of what is needed to build strong, decentralized textile economies that draw from the resources within each unique community. It is with this dynamic set of experiences and skills that led Maddy to work as a contract project manager for Fibershed of California. Past projects have included the Hemp Wool Book, the National Mill Inventory Survey, and the Yarn Incubator program. Maddy works to help folks navigate their local fiber systems around the country, speaks on the topic of local fiber systems and sustainable fashion, and teaches fiber arts classes to learners of all ages throughout Minnesota. Maddy is President of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota and can be found, most summer days, in her gardens tending to her natural dye plants.

Maddy can be reached at saltofthenorth@gmail.com

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Stacy Dresow  (Producer Outreach Coordinator)  Stacy Dresow has been a shepherd since 2010. She has a flock of Cormo, CVM/Corriedale and a few other fine fleeced sheep in Lonsdale, MN. She spends her time at the farm taking care of the sheep, cattle, hogs, chickens and her family. Her current interests include rotational grazing, beginning holistic sheep care and collecting plant and flower materials from her farm to dye fiber. As the newly appointed Three Rivers Fibershed Board Member and Producer Outreach Coordinator, she will use her professional background in project management with her experience raising livestock to assist fellow shepherds achieve the goals and vision of the Three Rivers Fibershed. She is truly passionate about keeping all aspects of the fiber process local. Stacy is also a member of Minnesota Grown and the Sustainable Sheep and Fiber Community (SSFC) of Northern Minnesota.  Stacy can be reached at  dresowfamilyfarm@lonstel.com

Stacy Dresow

(Producer Outreach Coordinator)

Stacy Dresow has been a shepherd since 2010. She has a flock of Cormo, CVM/Corriedale and a few other fine fleeced sheep in Lonsdale, MN. She spends her time at the farm taking care of the sheep, cattle, hogs, chickens and her family. Her current interests include rotational grazing, beginning holistic sheep care and collecting plant and flower materials from her farm to dye fiber. As the newly appointed Three Rivers Fibershed Board Member and Producer Outreach Coordinator, she will use her professional background in project management with her experience raising livestock to assist fellow shepherds achieve the goals and vision of the Three Rivers Fibershed. She is truly passionate about keeping all aspects of the fiber process local. Stacy is also a member of Minnesota Grown and the Sustainable Sheep and Fiber Community (SSFC) of Northern Minnesota.

Stacy can be reached at dresowfamilyfarm@lonstel.com

Alejandra Sanchez   (Community Experience Director)  Alejandra is an advocate for the slow fashion movement, the use of natural fibers and botanical dyes, and the raising of fiber animals utilizing humane and compassionate practices. She is the founder of A Woolen Forest whose focus is on wool crafts, natural dyeing, sustainable practices, and animal welfare. Alejandra raises English and French Angora rabbits in colonies, a practice in which the rabbits live together in large communal spaces built to resemble their natural environment, have access to unlimited hay, and are fed herbs & wild greens to encourage their natural foraging instincts. Their wool is gathered multiple times a year and used for a number of wool crafts including spinning, knitting, weaving, and needle felting. In addition to her rabbit colonies, Alejandra keeps a vegetable, flower, and botanical dye garden. It is Alejandra’s hope that in the near future, she will be able to expand her fiber forest to welcome her first flock of sheep.  Alejandra can be reached at  awoolenforest@gmail.com    Instagram

Alejandra Sanchez

(Community Experience Director)

Alejandra is an advocate for the slow fashion movement, the use of natural fibers and botanical dyes, and the raising of fiber animals utilizing humane and compassionate practices. She is the founder of A Woolen Forest whose focus is on wool crafts, natural dyeing, sustainable practices, and animal welfare. Alejandra raises English and French Angora rabbits in colonies, a practice in which the rabbits live together in large communal spaces built to resemble their natural environment, have access to unlimited hay, and are fed herbs & wild greens to encourage their natural foraging instincts. Their wool is gathered multiple times a year and used for a number of wool crafts including spinning, knitting, weaving, and needle felting. In addition to her rabbit colonies, Alejandra keeps a vegetable, flower, and botanical dye garden. It is Alejandra’s hope that in the near future, she will be able to expand her fiber forest to welcome her first flock of sheep.

Alejandra can be reached at awoolenforest@gmail.com

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