Speakers

Here's the stellar line-up of speakers at the Natural Fiber Extravaganza. Keep checking back for more exciting reveals and announcements.

Alex M. Vear B.S. D.C.

Alex M. Vear B.S. D.C.Prior to his arrival in Middle Tennessee, Alex completed his Bachelor of Science with a degree in human biology from Michigan State University. He moved to Marietta, Georgia, where he obtained his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life University. Alex went on to complete the Animal Chiropractic program at Parker University in Dallas, Texas, and passed the associated board exam to become certified through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). Alex has experience working on horses, dogs, show cattle, alpacas, sheep, and even pigs. He works out of a veterinarian's office in Nashville where he works with dogs on a daily basis. When at horse barns Alex works alongside his wife, AnneMarie. Both have been around and owned horses their whole lives and share a strong compassion and desire to help animals. Alex, AnneMarie, their daughter River, and their four dogs Jade, Henley, Ziggy, and Mouse reside in Gallatin, Tennessee.

Friday • July 13 • Seminar

Livestock Chiropractic: Joint Relief

Memphis Room
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

On the web

Middle Tennessee Animal Chiropractic


Char Johnson

Char JohnsonChar and her husband Rick own Happy Tails Alpacas in China Grove, North Carolina. She began her alpaca adventure in 2008 while living in Ohio and moved their farm to North Carolina in 2012. As she has a heart for teaching, she became a 4-H leader in Ohio and invested hours in teaching students proper alpaca husbandry and agility training. Char has always been an active worker in the alpaca community by serving on affiliate education committees, writing humorous articles for publication, volunteering at numerous shows and at JTC full emersion training clinics. She recently obtained a USDA exhibition license to begin her newest adventure, AlpacaGrams.

She has served on the board of the Carolina Alpaca Breeders and Owners as secretary and then president. Being a crafter since childhood, she has taken her alpaca fiber from pasture to product through dying, spinning and weaving and then selling the products in her farm store called CJ’s Barntique.

She purchased Fleeces-To-Go in 2017 to provide skirting services as a way to encourage breeders to participate in fleece shows. Her small farm of 22 alpacas has won over 30 championships including AOA National Fleece Championships and awards for best prepared fleece.

Friday • July 13 • Seminar

Strategies for Maintaining a Healthy Herd

Memphis Room
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Saturday • July 14 • Workshop

No Fear Fleece Skirting

School House Building
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $25 • Limit 25

Sunday • July 15 • Seminar

Generating Revenue Streams for Your Farm

Chattanooga Room
8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

On the Web

Happy Tails Alpacas


Chris Reachard

Chris ReachardChris and his partner started C & C Alpaca Factory in January 2008. We started out with a Jr. Herd Sire and a Gelding to see if the Alpaca Lifestyle was for us. It didn’t take Chris long to be completely in love with the alpacas. In March of 2008 we added four females to the herd and C & C Alpaca Factory and Chris never looked back. Chris has a passion for alpaca fiber. He is a fiber artist and loves to share his passion for alpaca fiber. Chris also is a think outside of the box type and wanted to think of ways to make the alpaca business self-sustaining so he started to work with the alpaca manure. It didn’t take long until the Marketing Alpaca Poop concept was created. Chris now produces many products that are made using alpaca beans, Fresh, dried, and composted. Chris also created the Face Book group Alpaca Spin Off and Fiber Arts Events Nationwide. Chris created this group to help promote the fiber side of all AOA shows across the country. Chris is the current President of MAPACA and has served nine years on the Board as a Member at Large and Secretary. Chris also served on the 2014 AOA National Halter and Fleece show committee, the 2016 AOA Election Committee and served from 2013 to 2014 on the Fiber and Fiber Products committee.

Chris has an extensive background in Agriculture and Retail Management. Chris has been in the Agricultural industry all his life with horses, cattle, swine, goats, chickens, rabbits, and alpacas. We are currently moving our business plan to a farm to table operation. Chris has managed both Big Box and Specialty retail stores. We have also owned our own Antiques stores as well as our Farm store. Chris supports the Alpaca Industry with all that he has and will continue to work at promoting Alpaca and all that Alpaca has to offer to both the producer and the consumer.

Friday • July 13 • Seminar

Marketing Paca Poop

Chattanooga Room
8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

On the Web

C & C Alpaca Factory
Alpaca Spin Off and Fiber Arts Events Nationwide Facebook Group


Christian Davies

Christian DaviesChristian, along with his wife Michelle, have been involved in the alpaca industry for the last 12 years raising both Huacaya and Suri Alpacas. In 2012 they opened a commercial fiber processing mill. Their mill is a full service mill offering fiber producers a wide range of products made from their fiber. Services range from batts, roving, cored yarn, felt and yarn to saddle pads, rugs, blankets and scarves as well as other fiber products.

Christian has been teaching a wide range of fiber arts since 2007 from hands on classes (processing, spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, etc) to a variety of classes pertaining to business and understanding the characteristics of animal fibers.

Friday • July 13 • Workshop

Weaving: Rigid Heddle

Main Exhibit Hall
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $60 • Limit 8

Saturday • July 14 • Workshop

Weaving: Rigid Heddle

Main Exhibit Hall
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $60 • Limit 8

On the Web

C&M Acres and Fiber Mill


Dave Grembi and Jeanne Krause

Dave GrembiDave Grembi

Dave worked in the Health Care field for 34 years, starting off as a cardiovascular and pulmonary clinician and then transitioning to the role of Heart & Vascular Center Administrator. During the last 20 years Dave provided the administrative leadership that resulted in the successful development of a comprehensive, high quality, heart and vascular program in a rapidly growing community hospital environment. Now retired from healthcare, Dave and his wife Teri have dedicated their time to their 25 acre farm in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Dave and Teri started an alpaca business in 2014, and a wholesale lavender business in 2015. At the same time they began utilizing Young Living Essential Oils for themselves as well as their alpacas. They have seen amazing results with Essential Oils, and have a desire to share both the health related and business opportunity messages with other alpaca owners.

Jeanne KrauseJeanne Krause

Jeanne is a health care speaker, sharing her journey of restoration to many who have experienced health challenges but wish a new and vibrant life.

Jeanne has given out to others the hope that many can have a vibrant lifestyle while also being successful in business. Facing her own health challenges brought a new meaning to what really is important to her: family, faith, and fun. As a Wellness Coach, Jeanne has inspired many to equip themselves on specific body systems that may have been weakened by toxic exposure, poor diet and lack of good, holistic health practices. Her desire to share her journey of success has brought her a refined look at what can be done to streamline the busy lifestyles of today’s modern world with the use of toxic free essential oils.

Friday • July 13 • Seminar

Essential Oils and Alpacas

Memphis Room
8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Saturday • July 14 • Seminar

Essential Oils and Alpacas

Main Exhibit Hall
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

On the Web

Point of View Alpacas


Dr Samantha Beaty, Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Dr. Samantha Beaty

Tennessee Department of Agriculture/Staff Veterinarian CIS — Animal Health

Samantha Beaty is a staff veterinarian with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. She is the program director for Livestock Welfare and Contagious Equine Metritis and assists with the Traceability program. Dr. Beaty graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary medicine in 2001 and was in private practice until 2015. She lives with her husband and daughter in Robertson County on a small farm where they have cattle and goats.

Friday • July 13 • Seminars

Agricultural Resources a Livestock Farm

Memphis Room
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

On the Web

www.tn.gov


Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth began with alpacas in 2011 and hit the ground running with fiber arts in mind. After quickly learning to spin, knit, dye and weave she quickly gained a following of her products under Spotted Circus Alpacas both at festivals and online. She has vended and taught at many prestigious festivals and has been judging spin-offs since 2012. She currently offers classes to take fleece from raw to finished goods and has taught at Magical Farms, Heritage Suri Farms, NEOBA, ABWNY, and many more. She has been featured in several online podcasts and vended at the Knit Girllls SSK retreat. Recently Elizabeth has published an ebook on Amazon entitled Tanning Alpaca Hides at Home which walks you through step by step the process of working your own hides.

Elizabeth is currently breeding Huacaya alpacas with an emphasis on consistent fleeces that remain fine in grey, dark brown, and multi colors. The more unusual the color the more she likes it! Elizabeth is a certified Master Classer and has sorted commercially for ACOA. She is also an accredited Spin-Off judge for the Alpaca Owners Association. Most recently she has become an apprentice Yak Fiber Judge. She enjoys talking about fiber and adding super bright colors and sparkle to everything she does.

Friday • July 13 • Workshop

Dyeing Yarn to Make a More Unique Product

East Building
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $40 • Limit 10

Saturday • July 14 • Workshop

Blending Alpaca on the Drum Carder

School House Building
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cost $40 • Limit 10

On the web

Spotted Circus Alpacas & Llama
www.facebook.com/spottedcircus
Tanning Alpaca Hides at Home


Jay Reeder

Jay ReederJay and Melissa Reeder own Apple Mountain Alpacas near Clarkesville, Georgia, and are parents of three active boys. Jay has founded half a dozen internet based technology companies over the last couple decades and owes their success to digital marketing. He currently directs several of those companies (in addition to his work on the farm) remotely while trying to be enjoy this great alpaca lifestyle we're all blessed to live. Melissa is privileged to work full time on the farm, devoting herself (along with the kids) to the raising of these amazing alpacas.

Friday • July 13 • Seminar

Practical Marketing Tips for Your Farm

Memphis Room
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Saturday • July 14 • Seminar

Is Agritourism Right for Me?

Memphis/Chattanooga Room
8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

On the Web

Apple Mountain Alpacas


Jennifer Bennett

Jennifer BennettJennifer Bennett is the owner of Harmony Wools, one of the original founding alpaca farms of the SouthEast Alpaca Association. Jenny has always been focused on fiber with over 30 years of processing, spinning, weaving, knitting, and demonstrating. She has taught at the John C Campbell Folk School, at fiber festivals, at spinning guilds, art centers, and at her home studio. Jenny is a wealth of information in the areas of fiber and spinning.

Friday • July 13 • Workshops

Beginning Spinning

School House Building
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $75 • Limit 8

Drop Spindling

Main Exhibit Hall
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $60 • Limit 10

Saturday • July 14 • Workshop

Intermediate Spinning

East Building
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $75 • Limit 8

On the Web

Jody Hatch

Jody HatchJody has had the opportunity to work in many aspects of the industry as a successful alpaca owner. With a passion for the alpaca industry and her vision, Northeastern breeders in particular know Jody as someone who has long worked with farms to help them identify their business goals and manage their herd composition in ways that will help them achieve those goals. Jody is a current member of the Little Creek/Snowmass team acting as the primary educator and resource provider.

Friday • July 13 • Seminar

The 2018 Alpaca Product Market Trends Report

Memphis Room
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Chattanooga Room
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

On the Web

Kim Caulfield

Kim CaulfieldKim's love of spinning began when someone showed her a drop spindle at a camp over forty years ago. She had to get one of her own, and soon she was taking weaving lessons, as well. A spinning wheel and loom traveled to high school and college with her. Kim's mother says the idea of raising sheep was Kim's notion, but Kim remembers it to be her mom's idea. In any case, they now breed Romney, Cotswold, and Shetland sheep in middle Tennessee. They also run a wool processing mill. Somehow Kim's fascination with history and spinning grew into a collection of unusual spinning wheels. She's pretty sure the drop spindles started multiplying on their own, although she has helped the collection along many times. Kim's passion for history has led her to read widely on the history of shepherding, and the making of ancient textiles.

For the past several years, Kim has been researching ancient Roman distaffs, and how these tools helped in the production of fine cloth.

Kim has been teaching classes at fiber festivals and sheep meetings for decades. Subjects have included evaluating fleeces, wool carding and combing, spinning on walking wheels, choosing and using drop spindles, and — most recently — hand held distaffs.

She will admit to also being interested in origami, Welsh poetry, biology, and mathematics.

Sunday • July 15 • Workshops

The Distaff: Spindle Spinning with Comfort and Control

Memphis Room
8:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Cost $35 • Class Limit 12

Understanding Suri Fiber

Memphis Room
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $20 • Limit 25

On the Web

LeAnn Lewis

LeAnn LewisLeAnn’s love of all things fiber started at 6 years of age, when her mother taught her to crochet. A few years later, a trip to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill opened her up to the world of weaving. Later, as a teenager, she bought some knitting needles, yarn, and a pamphlet and learned to knit. About 17 years ago, after several years of pursuing other interests, she resumed knitting, crocheting, and weaving and hasn’t stopped since. Over the years, LeAnn has expanded into spinning, dyeing, and felting. She has been formally teaching various fiber art classes for the last 5 years and has taught many friends and family members over the last 15 years. LeAnn lives in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, with her husband, 2 daughters, 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 angora rabbits (Licorice and Mr. Blue) from which she harvests fiber for spinning.

Saturday • July 14 • Workshops

Needle Felted 3D Alpaca

East Building
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Wet Felted Bowl

East Building
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

On the Web

Lydia Piper

Lydia PiperLydia earned a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from SUNY Cortland. Her first job out of college was working with youth at risk on a farm in Vermont. She was in charge of a group of students and a flock of sheep. It was then, in 1989, that she learned how to hand spin and she considers her spinning wheel the first piece of furniture that she ever bought. From there it snow balled with her first fiber animal purchase of an English Angora Rabbit and building even more rapidly after she and her husband John purchased their farm in Halifax, Pennsylvania. They owned horses and cattle and then purchased a couple of sheep. In 2001, they built a building to house their growing fiber business, had their third child, daughter Megan, and purchased a Belfast Mini Mill set up. The cattle left and the sheep numbers grew hitting 100 head some years. John and Lydia have been doing custom fiber processing full time for the past 17 years on three different sets and makes of equipment. They process wool, and blends with mohair, alpaca, llama, angora, dog hair, buffalo, silk, linen, bamboo…making literally tons of yarns, rovings, core spun, felt, and knitted hats.

Saturday • July 14 • Keynote Address

Infusing Fiber to Maximize your Harvest

Memphis/Chattanooga Room
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

On the Web

Majority Strategies

RJ CasterRJ Caster

RJ Caster joined the Majority Strategies team for the 2016 election campaign cycle. Since then, RJ has helped grow Majority’s digital offerings to fit the needs of political, policy and brand clients.

A graduate of Frostburg State University in Maryland, RJ has lived all across the country (and outside the country) from Florida to Alaska. RJ started out on Capitol Hill and went on to work for Congressman Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland for several years before getting involved in digital political campaigns in Austin, Texas, for the 2014 election cycle.

Today, RJ currently serves as the Digital Director at Majority Strategies in Jacksonville, Florida.

Evan StewartEvan Stewart

Louisiana born and graduate of Louisiana State University who proudly served with Governor Bobby Jindal’s team, Evan Stewart joined Majority Strategies in 2012 after working with various political campaigns and legislative offices across the country. Evan’s prior experience ranges from legislative strategy to voter contact, digital engagement, and coalition building for a number of political and advocacy campaigns across the country.

Today, Evan serves as a National Consultant for Reseller Relationships where he works with vendors, consultants, and organizations around the country, utilizing the Majority Strategies suite of one to one advertising solutions. 

Evan lives in Ponte Vedra Beach with his wife, Heather, and dog, Patton.

Saturday • July 14 • Seminar

Digital Marketing

Memphis/Chattanooga Room
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

On the Web

Majority Strategies


Mary Sue Moore

Mary Sue MooreMary Sue Moore learned to knit from her grandmother, but she gets her eye for color from her father, oils artist Sam Dee Thomas, and her pragmatic design gene from her mother, home economics teacher, Bertha Thomas. Growing up in an artsy family, Mary Sue has created, designed, shown, and shared her arts all of her life. In the past fifteen years she has honed her design, knit, and crochet craft through pattern design, instruction, and playing with fibers. Mary Sue simply enjoys creating things people like to wear while playing with fun fibers. She has been instructing and passing on her fiber addiction to unsuspecting students for ten years through Free Range Knitting, allowing needles to roam freely. Mary Sue lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee, and can be contacted via msuemoore@aol.com or via 'msuem' on Ravelry.

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Friday • July 13 • Workshops

Designing and Knitting Irregular Triangular Shawls

Main Exhibit Hall
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Cost $25 • Limit 10

Knitting Chemo Patient Hats

Main Exhibit Hall
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Cost $25 • Limit 10

Sunday • July 15 • Workshops

Designing and Knitting Irregular Triangular Shawls

Main Exhibit Hall
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Cost $25 • Limit 10

Knitting with Different Yarn Weights

Main Exhibit Hall
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Cost $25 • Limit 10

On the web

msuemoore@aol.com
msuem on Ravelry


Norm Johnson

Norm JohnsonNorm and Sandra Johnson are the owners and operators of Chimera Ranch, in beautiful Bennett, Colorado. Norm is a retired information technology professional and full time counter of alpaca beans, manager of 87 alpacas and aspiring felt maker. He dabbles in the dying of fibers for use in his felt making activities and for Sandra's hand spinning addictions.

Chimera Ranch is a member of the Enchanted Fibers business and travel the US to participate in exciting fiber festivals.

Friday • July 13 • Seminar

Fiber as a Business: What Do We Do With It?

Download Presentation (pdf)

Chattanooga
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

On the Web

Chimera Ranch
Enchanted Fibers


Patty Fuller

Patty and Les Fuller, with their daughters Kelsey and Meghan, own Poplar Hill Alpacas & Studio in Blacksburg, Virginia. For over 20 years they have successfully competed in halter and fleece competitions at the regional, national and international levels and are now focusing primarily on fiber and breeding stock to meet their production needs. Patty has been involved as a speaker at various alpaca and fiber seminars for the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, the Virginia Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (VAOBA), the Carolina Alpaca Breeders Owners Association (CABO), Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) and the Virginia State 4H Congress as well as show supervisory positions with AOA Halter, Spin-Off, and Fiber Arts events. Their farm studio operates a large fiber collection each year and produces retail and wholesale fiber based goods sold throughout the mid-Atlantic. Her passion is focused on fiber and helping new and existing breeders enjoy and succeed in the amazing adventure of owning alpacas.

Friday • July 13 • Seminar

Is There A Fiber Farm In Your Future?

Chattanooga Room
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

On the Web

Poplar Hill Alpacas & Studio
www.facebook.com/poplarhillalpacas


Pierre-Yues Mulon, DVM, DES

    Pierre-Yves Mulon, DVM, DES  Pierre-Yves Mulon, DVM, DES, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons — Large Animal. Dr. Mulon holds a DVM from the National Veterinary School of Alfort (France), he completed a 3 years program on specialized studies (DES) concomitant with his residency program at the college of veterinary medicine from the University of Montreal (Canada).

Dr. Mulon is Board Certified as a specialist in Large Animal surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His interests are the farm animal surgeries with a special attention to orthopedic surgery, locomotor diseases as well as the minimally invasive surgeries (laparoscopy and theloscopy). Dr. Mulon’s teaching interest include bovine musculoskeletal diseases, GI related surgical treatment, and general principles of surgery. Dr. Mulon had provided CE seminars locally, nationally and internationally on farm animal surgery.

Friday • July 13 • Seminars

Understanding Orthopedic Livestock Diseases/Lameness

Chattanooga Room
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Livestock Dental Diseases: Care and Prevention

Chattanooga Room
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

On the Web

The University of Tennessee


Sarah Donahoe

Sarah DonahoeSarah and Mike established Long Acres Alpaca Farm in 2004. They maintain a huacaya herd of 120 alpacas on their 130 acre farm in rural, south central Pennsylvania. Sarah oversees the husbandry, breeding, and birthing; feeding; and day-to-day care of the animals and together they manage the hay farming and pasture maintenance. Having a father who was a veterinarian created an atmosphere of learning to balance compassion for animals while understanding the food chain, stewardship for land versus economic shortcuts, and hard work resulting in lower and/or unknown earnings. Ninety percent of their alpaca operation is in the commercial industry and they maintain a 10% interest in the artisan market with our smaller grey alpaca program. Sarah’s primary interest is in reproducing seed stock and working with startup farm and livestock operations.

Prior to establishing their farm, Sarah worked at various institutions as a Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care. Sarah has lectured on many medical topics and has most recently expanded her teaching aspirations into the alpaca industry.

Saturday • July 14 • Seminar

Does Your Personality Match Up With Your Farm Operation?

Main Exhibit Hall
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

On the Web

www.laafpa.com


Wade Gease

Wade GeaseWade Gease is an AOA certified senior alpaca judge, judge training instructor, presenter, and consultant/mediator for the worldwide alpaca industry. He has been co-owner of LondonDairy Alpacas and Alpaca Threads gift store since 1998. He now unveils his own product lines and services at www.TheAlpacaGuy.com.

Wade has been honored to be involved with so many different activities in the alpaca world: presenting his personal educational seminars, consulting, commentating, coordinating for auctions, evaluating for private alpaca breeders, and leading yearly educational trips to Peru.

Wade was the first to produce a North American made alpaca bamboo fabric. Thereafter, he created an upscale clothing line highlighting alpaca fabrics, Alpaca Couture. The company’s vision was to gain greater attention from a discriminating consumer and help the industry gain greater recognition as an attractive fiber to use. Fashion shows were presented in Las Vegas, Orange County, and San Diego. The business transitioned into the accessory lines of The Alpaca Guy. Wade helps with Fashion Show/Auction ordinations’ at alpaca venues.

Wade also forged ahead in making alpaca materials and designing alpaca products. He also created a new wet felting machine, The Wet Felting Wizard, for home/farm use that empowers ranches to make products on the farm. It has had over 16,500 views on YouTube and has sold as far as the Netherlands and South Africa.

Wade earned an Associate’s Degree in Aeronautical Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, and a Masters Degree in Biochemistry. He is also a Camelid Fibre Sorter certified from Olds College Natural Fibre Centre, Canada. His past has given him experience as a construction worker, certified flight instructor, chemistry instructor, co-owner of a retail gift store, and a sale representative for pharmaceutical companies. He enjoys scuba diving, home improvement projects, and anything related to alpaca fiber!

Friday • July 13 • Seminar

Marketing and Branding your Livestock Business 101

 Memphis Room
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Friday • July 13 • Workshop

Characteristics of Fiber: Evaluating Your Fleece (All Levels)

School House Building
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Cost $20 • Class Limit 8

On the Web

www.TheAlpacaGuy.com


Wini Labrecque

Wini LabrecqueWini Labrecque has been involved in the fiber industry since the late 1980s. With a focus on natural fibers, she has developed an extensive background in utilization and promotion of all types of fibers for practical and commercial use. Wini is a weaver, hand spinner, felter, knitter, crocheter, and dyer.

She is an AOA Certified Alpaca Fleece judge, Certified Camelid Fiber Grader/Sorter/Classer through Olds College in Canada, Trained Grader/Sorter of cashmere fiber as well as trained in judging cashmere. Wini is currently involved in the SUNY/Cobleskill Certificate Training Program in Sorting, Grading and Classing of Fiber as administrator and trainer. In addition, she has been working with June Cashmere to help develop better cashmere production, collection and marketing with nomad people of Kyrgyzstan. Working with IYAK (Int’l Yak Association) she has been instrumental in developing criteria and judging protocol for yak fiber both on and off the animal. Wini is a past founding partner in a company dedicated to utilization of all grades of alpaca fiber into woven fabric for home décor use.

A retired Veterinary Assistant, Wini and her husband John have raised alpacas, cashmere producing goats, angora goats, sheep, and angora rabbits over the years. Wini’s background gives her the unique opportunity to share her knowledge with others to help enhance their own livestock programs.

Sunday • July 15 • Workshop

Sorting and Grading: What, Why, and How

School House Building
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost $40 • Limit 25

On the Web