FARMYARN & Scrappy Camel - The Beginning
Nathan and Christina grew up in the beautiful Skagit Valley, an agricultural community located in north-western Washington State. Summer vacations were spent working in the fields alongside classmates and friends. Old school buses jostled the community's adolescents out to various fields at 6am to get to work, make "big bucks" and, of course, engage in much teen socializing!
In the mid 1990's Nathan found an interest in global logistics and international trade - working in various companies domestically and internationally. He founded his own textile trading company soon after and began trading in stock lots and waste textiles, culminating in what is today Worldwise-Globaltex, now a leading exporter of stock lots and ships to over 85 countries.
Meanwhile Christina had a more meandering career path, ultimately transplanting her in New York City, where, out of need of a job and a brother with contacts, she began assisting in a textile import and design company. Soon the work led to project management with international mills and then to product development. In 2016, pregnant with her second daughter, Christina moved to New Hampshire with her family where she soon developed an interest in gardening.
In 2018, Nathan came to Tina with an idea. Choosing to focus on waste reduction and global sustainability within the world of textiles, Worldwise had begun increasing its presence in the international market for waste textiles - buying excesses and unusable goods from mills and repurposing them into usable product. One such good was textile selvages. After researching and consulting with various entities, the siblings soon began to realize the potential for repurposing these selvages into a functional, sustainable cord for agriculture.
A Family Affair
The siblings found themselves venturing back to the (literal) fields of their youth. Joined by Mom, spouses, and the helping hands of littles, Nathan and Tina have grown FARMYARN into a national brand, promoting the use of ecological and sustainable alternatives to plastics and one-time use products for commercial agriculture and home gardens alike.
The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and the wild fires in California and Oregon necessitated changes within the business. The raw materials for mask-making were becoming scarce and FARMYARN became in high demand as a better alternative to traditional elastic in ear loops. Scrappy Camel was soon created to focus on sewing and crafting customers, offering small pack retail sales of FARMYARN and additional textiles Worldwise continuously sources for international container sales. Scrappy Camel now offers quality recycled, up-cycled and repurposed textiles at below standard retail pricing to customers nationwide!