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BALLE Fibershed Tour
West Marin
Oakland, CA
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BALLE Fibershed Tour
This West Marin/Sonoma County tour takes place on June 14, 2014, starts at the HUB Oakland, and travels to Skyhorse Ranch, Valley Ford Merchantile and Wool Mill, then onto Windrush Farm for lunch. We'll visit locations where local wool is grown and meet the owners of sheep, llamas, alpacas, and goats. The tour ends at Oakland's 25th Street Collective where we'll meet Hiroko Kurihara, one of the founders of the collective. She will give us a tour of the designers many of whom are creating clothing sourced from within the local fibershed and from recycled materials. "It's our joy and responsibility to help develop our fibershed to impact change in our rangelands, our consumption, and develop responsible creation practices that include bay area living wages for sewn goods," said Kurihara. The tour visits her studio and the collective which includes artisans using reclaimed/recycled materials and also houses the Two Mile Wines bar where participants can enjoy local wine. Constance Washburn, former educational director of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust will lead the tour.  BAGT brings participants up close to businesses that are successfully achieving the goals of ecological balance, regional organic agriculture, and support of the local economy.  

Cost: Includes Tour, Transportation, Tax, Lunch, Snacks, and Gratuity


8:30am  --> Impact HUB Oakland (2323 Broadway) - Introduction and visit the innovative space where a community of change makers meet in Oakland. Coffee, Tea & Pastries from Sweet Bar Bakery.

9:00am  --> Pick up at Marin Mart across from Larkspur Landing Ferry.

10:30am --> Meet the sheep on a 200 acre ranch in Valley Ford.

11:30am --> Valley Ford Mill and Mercantile - Try eco-friendly and naturally made clothing.

12:30pm --> Drive to Windrush Farm - Drive through scenic West Marin and learn about the history of the ranches and the efforts to preserve them and to rebuild a local food economy.

1:00pm  --> Lunch - Enjoy an local food lunch from Estero CafĂ© sitting under the oak trees at Windrush farm.

1:00pm  --> Windrush Farm - Enjoy being around cows, goats, chickens, llamas and many more.

3:00pm  --> Drive back to Oakland - Drop off at Marin Mart across from Larkspur Landing Ferry

4:30pm  --> 25th Street Collective (477 25th St, Oakland, CA 94612) - Join optional wine bar and meet local designers and check out clothing sourced from within our local fibershed.

Come visit the Fibershed!

Meet the artisans , farmers, and sheep that are building a local fiber economy.

Fibershed is a non-profit organization that provides experiential education that both generates awareness, and teaches the necessary skills within their community to build and sustain a thriving bioregional textile culture that functions hand-in-hand with principles of ecological balance, local economies, and regional organic agriculture.

BALLE is the fastest growing community of more than 30,000 Localists: entrepreneurs who are rethinking their industries, funders who are investing in the local economy movement, and network organizers who are mobilizing on a broad scale. BALLE supports the emergence and promotion of Localism through independent retail, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, green building, local zero-waste manufacturing, and community capital.

Bay Area Green Tours (BAGT) nonprofit 501c3 whose mission is to provide educational tours that demonstrate the sustainable economy in action, inspire support of local green businesses, and empower people to incorporate environmental responsibility and social justice into their personal and professional lives.  BAGT shines the spotlight on the local green economy by offering educational tours for the public and specific to companies, groups, schools and other organizations.

For more information check out our Bay Area Green Tours website:



West Marin (View)
Impact HUB Oakland - 2323 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Arts > Fashion
Education > Tours
Food > Markets & Farms
Other > Green
Other > Pets & Animals

Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Bay Area Green Tours
On BPT Since: Aug 12, 2009
Melanie Veyrier
650 243-1892

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