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TapRoot Fibre Lab is closer to becoming a reality!

Posted on by Denise Grant

Tap Root Fibre Lab


Winter Update


Since our last update, we have shifted our focus from processing flax into linen to designing, prototyping, and building small-scale processing equipment to transform retted flax into fine linen yarn. We did this primarily because we could not find small-scale, long line flax processing machinery anywhere in the world. So we decided to build it.  


We remain passionate about investing in community infrastructure and generating growth in a sustainable, localised economy. We believe TapRoot Fibre Lab can give communities the opportunity to generate more income and have more control over their local resources. We can offer affordable, small-scale, long line flax to linen production capacity with machinery that is straightforward to use, requires few people to operate, and will yield a high quality end product.

To that end, we are building a 6-stage modular system that can be sold in individual units. The full system will have the capacity to handle 750lbs of flax straw per day. The system is modular and will be built for shipping and operating in a standard 48’ ISO shipping container with 5KVA, 230VAC, 60Hz power requirements.


Mike, our design engineer, has been busy creating our first set of plans to build a rippling machine (rippling removes the seed bolls from the flax stem.) We are very excited about moving forward and to do that, we need funding. We are working with the National Research Council (NRC) on a proposal that will enable us to move into the next stage of realising TapRoot Fibre Lab. In order for us to secure funding to support the development of this, we are required to demonstrate demand for this equipment.

Here is the price breakdown for each component of and the full processing system:


Sale Price       

Removes the seed boll from the flax stem.


The first step in separating the fibre from the straw. The outer woody stem is crushed and bent, then the broken and crushed woody “shive” is separated from the fibre.


The fibre is combed smooth and straight while the shorter and lower quality fibre (tow) is separated.   


The fibre is drawn out into a continuous ribbon called a “sliver.”


The sliver is further drawn out and twisted into a yarn.


Full System


The NRC wants to see that we have potential investors in place as well as a core of customers who want to purchase all or part of our processing system.

We would be grateful if you can take a few minutes to complete this (very—only four questions!) short survey to convey to us your interest (or non-interest) in TapRoot Fibre Lab. If you are interested in becoming an investor, there is a comments section at the end of the survery where you can indicate this.



Thanks so much!






Tuesday deliveries happening today

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

All Tuesday CSA Members.

Your shares are being delivered today to the same place as per usual on Tuesday.

Please note: Take Frozen Tomatoes because they are not in your share box.

Grainery  Pickup is at 4:45

St. Mark's is  until 5:30.

Thank you and so sorry for the inconvenience of the weather and in some cases my lack of clear communication.

Happy Friday! What a week!