Susan Gibbs: Pioneer Woman

Today, I had the pleasure and privilege to meet with the lady who invented the fiber CSA: Susan Gibbs. Susan and her family own and operate both the Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm and the Hudson Valley Fiber Farm. She has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, on Etsy, Ravelry, to name just a few places. She is in Texas briefly, working on a book about her farming adventures. (I'll let you know when it's available, and you must go out and buy it, 'k?)

I took advantage of her close proximity to meet her at a Ft. Worth Barnes and Noble and pick her brain about how to make a fiber CSA work here at Jacob's Reward. OK. I begged, and she was kind enough to share the wealth of her knowledge and experience.

Susan is warm, generous, and insightful, and we hit it off immediately. She's the kind of gal who feels like an old friend after just a brief chat. And she really knows her stuff. She's something of a hero to me, having pioneered this very innovative way to make a successful business out of her love of fiber and shepherding. I came away from our meeting with a long list of action items, with a renewed zeal and energy, and tons of confidence that what we feel called to devote our lives to is a Very Good Thing.

Thank you, Susan. Have a safe trip back to Massachusetts. I cannot tell you how much you helped me today!

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