Spinning the Good Life

Spinning the Good Life

Determined and devout, Natasha won a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) value-added grant for single-use agriculture in the fall of 2005. At 19 years of age, she used the seed money to purchase a large, rambling Victorian house and christened it Esther’s Place in homage to her biblical inspiration and the ewe she brought home that first summer. “As I started one thing, it began to roll into many other areas,” Natasha recalls, as she details all that the business encompasses—a fiber arts studio, a retreat center, and an educational facility.

The house became her headquarters. Here, she strove to connect the two worlds of farming and fiber arts by teaching the time-honored traditions of weaving and spinning while preserving the identity of locally sourced fibers. The sincerity and goodness of the American farmer are felt here—sheep graze in a bucolic pasture visible through the windows, and shelves display vibrant colors of wool. “Esther’s Place is unique because we take it a step backward from what you normally see in a yarn shop,” Natasha explains. “We can’t call a wholesale distributor when we need ten more skeins of wool.”

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