Ulster BOCES – Ag in the Classroom Grant Project

The goal of the Fabric Comes From Farms project is to educate students about the connection between fabric and farms through a series of hands-on activities, field trips, and guest speaker visits. Below is an overview of the project’s events throughout the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school year with students in the Fashion Design and Merchandising program at Ulster BOCES.

Understanding Sheep Breeds: Field Trip to NYS Sheep and Wool Festival
Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify wool fiber characteristics of different sheep breeds.

Yarn Spinning Process: Classroom visit with Battenkill Fibers
Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify the stages of preparing and spinning wool fiber.

Weaving Process: Classroom visit with Lilly Marsh Studio
Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify different weaving techniques and characteristics.

Careers in Textiles: Field trip to FIT Textile Marketing and Development program
Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify various career paths in the textile industry.

Technical Properties of Fibers: Classroom visit with SUNY New Paltz
Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify the technical properties of cellulose fibers.

Sheep Shearing: Virtual visit to White Barn Farm
Learning Objective: Students will understand the process of sheep shearing and skirting wool.

Natural Fabric Dyeing: Virtual workshop with NY Textile Lab
Learning Objective: Students will understand how to modify fabric using natural dyes.

Designing with Textiles: Hands-on activity using regional fabric produced by Battenkill Fibers / Lilly Marsh Studio
Learning Objective: Students will apply knowledge of textile properties in order to design a product using regional fabric.