Welcome to Farming Fashion, a 3 part podcast series exploring regenerative fibres and fashion.
Regenerative is a word that we’re hearing more and more associated with farming and food, and now too with clothing and fashion, as more brands and businesses are using the term to set their products and practices apart.
But what does it really mean?
With no one definition in the context of textiles, this podcast series jointly produced by Southeast and South West England Fibresheds together with Farmerama Radio, hears from farmers, growers, processors, designers and industry experts talking about it in their own words, as well as sharing some of the opportunities and challenges they face in creating a regional, regenerative fibre and fashion system.
In this first episode we speak to farmers who grow and produce yarns from their own flocks and explore what regenerative fibre farming, and adding value to that fibre, really looks like on the ground.
The first voices we hear from are Leila and her mother Ellen from Tamarisk Farm, a Soil Association certified mixed farm on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.
Then we hear from Katie Allen of Loopy Ewes, a designer and shepherdess who designs and meakes her own knitwear collection using the fleece from her flock of native breed sheep in Gloucestershire.
The final voices we hear are Jen Hunter and Andy Wear from Fernhill Farm, Somerset – one of the country’s largest native breed sheep farms with one of the country’s largest fibre farms and now certified regenerative by A Greener World.