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Natalie is a fiber farmer, fiber artist and teacher who has won several Judges Choice awards for ability and creativity.
“I pride myself on the rare ability to be able to provide new and established artists not only with amazing fiber but the skills to achieve their fiber arts goals. As an artist and educator it is my passion to guide others in connecting to their best creative self-using the best fibers.“
A lifetime of learning at the hands of generations of fiber artists has created a firm foundation of skills. Natalie believes you should never stop learning and that enjoying the journey is as important as the learning itself. She works in her farm studio and teaches classes and workshops both locally and throughout the region in spinning, weaving, dyeing and fiber knowledge.
Liz is a prolific fiber artist who hasn’t met a craft she doesn’t love. She surrounds herself with the natural world and lives on a small homestead with her two teenage boys and Angora rabbits. Her other fiber critters reside at Hidden Pastures where she is also a fixture in the studio. Her creations can be found in the fiber shop.
”I find fiber arts such a peaceful experience in my life that it allows me to revitalize my inner self through the creative actions in the arts themselves.“
She holds a masters in Environmental Science and Environmental Education from Montclair State University. This was her stepping off point with her fascination with fiber arts. She is a senior biologist, education for the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife by day.
Mary‘s fiber focus is quilting, crocheting and saori weaving. She has a massive stash of alpaca from her herd that she enjoys dyeing and processing for other artists to spin. Mary has a meticulous attention to detail and her batts are full of her creative energy.
“Alpacas have been my inspiration to connect to the fiber artist within. Without my herd of fuzzy friends I would not have embraced new fiber arts with such passion.”
Mary owns Bear’s Den Alpaca Farm which was located on her farm in Blairstown, NJ before a kitchen fire necessitated the family moving out of the house until repairs could be made. Her alpaca herd moved to Hidden Pastures and have resided there since.
Our family is proud to be an active part of the agricultural community. We not only raise fiber livestock we share our experience with the community through our involvement with the Sussex County Board of Agriculture, the NJ Farm Bureau, 4-H clubs and several on and off farm events.
Hidden Pastures is a family owned and managed farm located in beautiful, scenic Sussex County, New Jersey. We were fortunate to discover fiber livestock soon after buying our farm in 2004. We started with alpacas and then quickly expanded into rabbits, goats, llamas, sheep and yaks.
Our farm features a wonderful old bank barn that we have adapted to accommodate our herd. We have lovely open pastures, spectacular old trees and a scenic pond.
We have a solid foundation herds and make careful breeding decisions for genetically sound and superior fleeced offspring. It is our goal to be able to continue to provide an outstanding selection of incredible animals for you to choose from.
Farming is truly a family endeavor for us and we are proud to care for our own livestock. From scooping up to tending to births we enjoy every minute of what we do. We love being members of the agricultural community and invite you to visit us and find out more about what we do.