It is now the beginning of May, and what lovely weather we been having!
I (Rhea) have been developing several presentations and a content marketing plan for TapRoot Fibre Lab Inc. Currently, I have been looking into several existing organic flax growing and processing standards. We are hoping to eventually have a set of standards and governance for a Nova Scotia label for flax that is grown and processed here in Nova Scotia.
We submitted an application, back in March 2015, to secure some support to move forward with this process was .
I have been experimenting with flax paper making over the last few weeks to explore different uses for flax. With every trial I have been making slight changes to see what works and what does not work. My first two trials were with flax tow by itself and then a mixture of flax tow and shive. Initially, I did not cut the fibres up before soaking. This created some issues when I tried to put the fibres through the blender. However, with a pair of good scissors, I was able to overcome this hurdle. My next couple experiments will include working with the whole flax plant. I am experimenting soaking one bundle of flax ( cut into ½ “ pieces) overnight before cooking. With the other bunch of flax I am going to skip over the soaking and cook the dried plant (also cut into ½ “ pieces). By keeping all
measurements and steps the same, besides soak overnight, I want to identify how soaking the flax before cooking it will affect the end product.
Recently, I relocated to the farm on Canard Street.This move will allow me to experiment with flax and development our own TapRoot Fibre Lab product line.
I would like to friendly reminder you that TapRoot Fibre Lab is now on Facebook. If you’d like to say in the loop, I invite you to ‘like’ us on Facebook, just follow this link.