Battenkill Fibers Named 2015 Washington County Small Business of the Year
The mill was recognized at the Dec. 4, 2015 awards luncheon for creating jobs in the county, providing a service to the Upper Hudson Fibershed farmers and yarn companies, and for many contributions to the community including serving as a tourism destination and sponsor of the annual Fiber Festival.
Fiber facility a friend to farmers
Mary Jeanne Packer, owner of Battenkill Valley Fibers, intended to change the way farmers with fleeces do business in the region. What she didn’t plan on was a path to her goal that was itself life-changing. “I’d seen fleeces stacked to the rafters in barns, so I knew there were farmers out there who would be interested in talking to me. Battenkill Fibers would mean a lot for farmers who had not had a market for selling their fleeces,” Packer said. Read full story on-line in New York Farm Bureau May 2011 Grassroots >>>
Battenkill Fibers provides local venue for processing fiber
Before the wholesale loss to overseas manufacturing, upstate New York had a thriving textile industry, with mills lining the region’s rivers and tributaries. With the recent renewed interest in local goods and products, area farmers now have a local venue for processing fiber from shorn sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas. “At one point, there were 13 fiber mills located between the Battenkill’s mouth with the Hudson and East Greenwich,” said Mary Jeanne Packer. Now, there is only one — Packer’s recently opened Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill, located at 2532 State Route 40 in the town of Greenwich. Read full story in Bennington (VT) Banner on-line.