According to a 2016 article by Penn State Extension Educator Michael Fournier, “Wool is Mother Nature’s original renewable resource. Man has been clothing himself in wool for centuries, and if you treat your ewes right they will give you a fine crop of wool every year.”
The number of wool cooperatives has decreased over the past decade, but there are still a number still functioning here in PA.”
The Berks County Sheep and Wool Growers Association will be sponsoring their annual Wool Pool on June 28 and 29, 2019. Wool will be collected at the Romano 4-H Center in Chester County on Friday, June 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. and again at a NEW LOCATION, the Leesport Farmers’ Market in Leesport, Berks County, from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 29.
Wool will be purchased by Groenewold Fur and Wool Company out of Forreston, Illinois. Producers are asked to bring their wool in burlap bags but if that is not possible, burlap bags will be offered for sale at each site.
A minimal handling charge and a membership fee of $5.00 to join the Berks Association will be charged to cover costs. For further information, contact Roger Bowman, President of the Berks County Sheep & Wool Growers, at 610-562-4875, or Cheryl Fairbairn, Penn State Extension, at 610-696-3500.