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April 2024 Fleece Assessment Workshop


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Presented by OHS. We are grateful for the support of Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers and Ontario Sheep Farmers.

10 am – 4 pm Saturday, April 20, 2024 &
10 am – 4 pm Sunday, April 21, 2024

Workshop Leader: Harriet Boon, Certified Ontario Wool Judge

Location: Kimber Valley Farms
236087 Beaver Valley Rd, Kimberley, ON N0C 1G0

This is the third OHS Fleece Assessment Workshop, following on the success of the last two years. Guided by Certified Ontario Wool Judge and long-time OHS educator Harriet Boon, participants will explore the characteristics of a wide range of fleeces – from Ontario and beyond. Both shepherds and spinners are invited, and an exchange of experiences and information is anticipated. This workshop will be primarily hands-on learning: our hands will be in the wool as we explore the qualities and challenges of each unique fleece.

The workshop will be held in a large, well-ventilated horse arena with a dry dirt floor.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and providing their own food. Drinking water and toilet facilities will be available.



OHS and OSF members $200; non-members $250 

Maximum number of participants: 20

Workshop Leader:

Harriet Boon is a long-time fleece enthusiast, starting in the 1970s by evaluating the quality of wool on her own flock. By the 1980s she was assessing fleeces at competitions across Ontario
and far beyond. She is still active in this capacity, including judging fleeces at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto every November. She looks at fleece with an eye to the qualities expected by industry, but also from the point of view of a handspinner.

In addition to being a wool judge, Harriet is a very well-respected spinning educator: she was
active early on in the development of the OHS Spinning Certificate Program, from which she has recently retired as an instructor, and is a long-time active participant in the Ontario
Handspinning Seminar.

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