Mary Jeanne Packer
Founder and President
I founded Battenkill Fibers in 2009 to provide value-added, custom carding and spinning services for fiber farms and makers; and to manufacture yarn and fiber products for wholesale and retail markets. The mill produces 100-150 lbs of artisan quality natural-colored and dyed semi-worsted yarn daily using refurbished traditional milling machinery. Since its founding, Battenkill Fibers has grown to provide 15 full-time and part-time jobs and was recognized as Washington County Small Business of the Year in 2015. Before opening the mill, I was the owner/co-owner of several local yarn stores; and since 2004, I have organized and guided international and domestic textile tours with a focus on authentic, participatory fiber-related experiences. I am one of the founders, and president, of the farmer-owned Southern Adirondack Fiber Producers Cooperative best known for its annual wool pool which connects the region’s sheep farmers with the world market for grease wool. And, I am a co-founder of the non-profit Hudson Valley Textile Project.