In our shed -- a foodshed, watershed, or a #fibershed, we see a web of enterprises and activities, providing a frame for our regional economy. In Designing the Future, a new paper crafted by Soil & Shadow (@nikki_silvestri), we hear from Janelle Orsi, founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (@theselc) an organization that functions as an "ecosystem builder" and even an incubator to create structures for effective and equitable economies. SELC’s theory of change can be summed up as “let’s help small things emerge.” One of the key ways they support is by removing legal barriers that privilege large-scale production and work against smallholders. A simple solution in the fiber system would be "removing barriers to allow value-added (processed) fiber products to be sold at farmers’ markets. Currently, in many localities, only raw products are allowed." Imagine if your local market could also provide your wardrobe, directly from the people who grow or sew (or knit) it, like these US organic cotton tees by @harvestandmill, a Fibershed producer member utilizing regional manufacturing in the Bay Area. Producers, small businesses, and community markets could all use our support to increase the accessibility of locally grown and made clothing.
For more on how fibersheds encourage questions & solutions for regional economic development, we invite you to read Designing the Future (linked in profile). Photo by @paigegreenphoto