Our Wool Mill
In the heart of Siskiyou County, CA, our 100+ year old wool mill stands. And works. The Woolgatherer Carding Mill is our trusted source and partner in making our products the very best they can be.
Combined with specialized carding machinery, they create the best quality wool to be found offering different wool blends to choose from. It is nice to know that this dedicated wool facility does NOT run any other fibers such as poly. Partnering with Woolgatherer Carding Mill is just one way we all get to sleep well each night.
They expertly handcraft their wool blends for loft and quality. From working directly with the small farmers ensuring best practices to selection, grading and carding, this blend is superior. So choose this locally sourced, fluffy, clean, high-quality wool specifically designed for wool bedding.
Sustainable Wool Program: Specific Practices
Woolgatherer Carding Mill has created a unique local wool program that sets forth strict growing criteria. It also gives small USA sheep farmers a means to sell their fibers at a fair market value.
Wool Blends Available Through This Program:
- Premium Eco Wool signature blend
- GOTS-Certified Organic Wool
- America's Wool
- Northeast Eco Wool
- Wool Of The West
- Merino Blanket Textile
Why Is This Wool The Best?
Below are a list of best practices and criteria that the growers adhere to when raising the sheep. The result is a superb high-quality wool done right!
Best Mill Practices
- Dedicated wool only facility: No other fibers are processed, no synthetic fiber contamination
- Clean Wool: 6-step process to remove vegetable matter from wool
- Local Wool: Sourced from family farms in Oregon & California
- Predator Friendly: Use of trained sheep dogs to guard the flocks
- Healthy Pastures: proper grazing practices, no herbicides or pesticides
- Healthy Veterinary Practices
- Ecologically friendly, bio-degradable, organic soap used to clean the wool
- Please read the mill’s Sustainable Wool Program PDF.
The wool is tested annually through the UC Davis Animal Toxicology Laboratory to ensure there are no herbicides, pesticides, molds and heavy metals. Our wool has never tested positive for these substances.
The Sustainable Wool Program DOES NOT support:
Carbonizing: Wool fibers soaked in strong acids to dissolve residual vegetable matter. Read more about Carbonization.
Chemical Crimping: After carbonizing, wool fibers are unnaturally straightened and require a chemical “perm” to regain their coiled, crimped structure.
Sheep Dipping: This is where sheep are subjected to a bath in a pesticide solution. This is not a supported practice. Read more.
Bleaching: In order to get the purest whites and brightest colors, most wool fibers are bleached and dyed. Our batting never bleached.
Harmful Shearing: The farms work with highly skilled shearing crews to make this process a quick and harmless haircut.
Mulesing: Cutting patches of skin off sheep (to discourage infection and flies from laying eggs in the folds) is used primarily with Australian Merino sheep. None of our growers practice this method.
Overgrazing: In addition to harming the land, overgrazing lowers overall wool quality. More invasive plants begin to grow and can increase the amount of vegetable matter in the wool. More vegetable matter often makes carbonizing necessary.
Steroids or Growth Hormones
Steroids or growth hormones: the sheep are never subjected to these types of treatments. Growers use healthy alternative veterinary measures.
Herbicides & Pesticides Usage
Herbicides & Pesticides Usage: Sheep graze upon pastures that are not sprayed with any herbicides or pesticides.