Before opening the mill, Mary Jeanne was the owner/co-owner of several local yarn stores serving hand-knitters and crochet enthusiasts. Since 2004, she has been organizing annual guided international and domestic textile tours with a focus on authentic, participatory fiber-related experiences.
Mary Jeanne is one of the founders, and president, of the farmer-owned Southern Adirondack Fiber Producers Cooperative best known for its annual wool pool which connects the region’s sheep farmers with the world market for grease wool. Mary Jeanne is a co-founder of the Hudson Valley Textile Project and serves on its board of directors as treasurer. She is also the secretary/treasurer of the Empire Sheep Producers Association and a member of the Empire Alpaca Association.
She has a bachaelors degree in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and a masters degree in Communications Management from Syracuse University. Mary Jeanne has served on numerous boards including Cornell Cooperative Extension Washington County, NY Farm Viability Institute, NY Ag in the Classroom, the national Forest Landowners Association, and Empire Council of Ag Organizations.
Watch Mary Jeanne’s presentation to the 2021 Handweavers Guild of America Careers in Textiles Symposium; and hear an interview on the Professional Weaver Podcast