Adopteer een schaap van onze kudde 'Laines Paysannes' in Bonnac (Frankrijk) en ontvang je oogst bij jou thuis in de vorm van een hand-woven plaid. Olivia verzorgt je adoptie en maakt foto's. Je kunt het adoptiecertificaat downloaden en als je wilt ook een bezoek aan de boerderij plannen. Je gaat geen langetermijnverplichting aan: zodra je je oogst hebt ontvangen en je hebt genoten van de ervaring, kun je besluiten om de adoptie te vernieuwen en te verlengen.
You adopt een schaap from our farm in Bonnac (Frankrijk). The ewes are of the Tarasconnaise breed, a hardy French sheep breed originating in the central Pyrenees and present particularly in the regions Ariège, Hautes-Pyrénées and Haute-Garonne. Its name is linked to the town of Tarascon-sur-Ariège. It adapts perfectly to life in the mountains during transhumance (sheep going up into the mountains in the summer to find grass that is still green and to avoid the extreme heat). The ewes available for adoption are reared organically, in the open air, fed exclusively on fresh grass and on rotational grazing. This method of rearing originated in New Zealand and allows the ewes to have the freshest grass possible and the grass to grow back naturally. It is a breeding method that limits the number of parasites because the animals do not stay on the same plot for long. In the middle of winter, our ewes are fed hay from our meadows. As summer approaches, the flock moves to the mountains of the Haute-Ariège at an altitude of over 1,200m to find green grass again, where they stay for 4 months. We are keen to practice transhumance because this traditional way of rearing sheep makes sense to us: in addition to traditions, it helps to preserve an open mountain landscape and to perpetuate environmentally friendly agriculture. The culled ewes are sent to the local abattoir and the meat is sold directly. The ewes give birth to one or two lambs (twins) per year and are shorn each spring, at which time we sort the wool. The lambs are the main source of our income, and their meat is sold directly and in short circuits. From A to Z, we control each stage of our work. This is essential for us. Your adoption is 4 years old and its productive life is 7 years. For as long as you want to keep your adoption, and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew year after year. If your adoption stops being able to produce for any reason, we will replace it with an other, and we guarantee your delivery from the produce of others for that season. Your schaap produces an average of 1kg of wool each season. With this amount we can produce around 1l of hand-woven plaid.
Each season we will send you a box with: 1 x __A hand-woven blanket __ The blanket you will receive is the "Névé" blanket: a plain, ecru blanket measuring 140x180cm and weighing about 1 kilo. The plaid is carefully hand-woven from Pyrenean wool and will keep you warm. The natural colour of the plaid brings comfort and cosiness to your home. First of all, we collect the wool from our farm and select only the best fibres. The wool is then washed and spun close to home. To weave your "Névé" plaids, we work with the Teixidors cooperative (a cooperative for the social integration of disabled people). They practice traditional weaving in a beautiful workshop with eighteen looms, thus perpetuating an ancestral know-how of quality. This collaboration is above all a human adventure where beautiful values are shared around know-how and wool. It is a long-standing partnership that we wish to promote. Wool has properties that make it easy to care for. Naturally antistatic, it does not retain dust or bad odours. So maintenance is easy! Regularly shake out and hang up your wool garment in an airy place. To wash, put your garments in the washing machine on a cold wool programme, without spinning. You can also wash them gently by hand. Always dry flat.
Wanneer ontvang je het?
You will receive your plaid in early December. The weaving is dependent on the seasonality of the shearing. Each year, in April/May we collect the wool, which is washed and spun at the end of the summer. It then takes a few months to weave the wool, which allows us to deliver the blankets in early winter.