The Great Basin Fibershed was established in 2021 as an affiliate chapter of FiberShed, a nonprofit organization established to develop regional fiber systems that build soil and protect the health of our biosphere. The idea of a ‘fibershed’ came from founder Rebecca Burgess’ novel plan to exclusively wear clothing for a year that was produced within a 100 mile radius of her Northern California home. Celebrating local sustainability, artistry, and economy, Burgess’ project grew into an international organization with affiliate chapters around the United States and many parts of the world.
The Great Basin Fibershed is significantly larger than many chapters. Our high desert environment requires a great deal more land to raise crops and animals to sustain a regional population. At present, our Fibershed is defined as the entirety of the Great Basin within Nevada state boundaries, which includes the majority of Nevada with the exception of the southern tip that is part of the Mojave Desert. Our focus is on utilizing the natural botanical and animal resources present in our desert environment.
Our current projects focus on hemp for textile use, community engagement, and raising awareness about regional fiber economies in the Desert West.
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