Valley Ford Wool Mill
Valley Ford Wool Mill was the 2014 recipient of Sloat Design Group's second annual Farm to Shelf Service Grant. We were impressed by Casey and Ariana’s steadfast commitment to sustainability and to their community. They process local wool to make a wide variety of wool products including yarn, bedding, clothing, yoga mats, saddle pads, and even housing insulation. Their mill and mercantile offers a resource and education center for local wool enthusiasts, providing sheep farmers with a means of locally processing wool that would have otherwise been discarded or shipped far off to be cleaned.
Their new identity represents the native wisdom of a symbiotic relationship between land and animal. The final design depicts the horned Navajo-Churro sheep that live on the founder's ranch standing proudly amidst the grasses and estuary that flows through Valley Ford.
See the full case study at farmtoshelf.org.
"It was such an enjoyable process working with Carrie and her team and challenging for us to pick from the array of designs they created for us. In the final drafts this one captured our essence in living in integrity with nature and sustainability for the now and beyond our time. Our love for the nourishing grasses as well as our gratitude and respect for the indigenous wisdom subtle within the design."
Ariana Strozzi, Valley Ford Wool Mill