Our farmhouse & barn were built circa 1790. As you can imagine, many have worked the land in various ways over decades & centuries. Some of the earliest farmers here raised sheep & planted apple trees, many of which still produce delicious apples hundreds of years later!
We started our farming venture with a few chickens & ducks & a small vegetable garden. Over the years, alpacas & Jersey cows were added to the farm family, as well as many more gardens and a seasonal "glampground".
We were first introduced to alpacas while visiting an Arizona ranch. They immediately made an impression on us & we found ourselves considering raising alpacas on our farm for pets & for fiber.
Members of the camelid family, alpacas originated & were domesticated in South America for their luxurious fleeces. Alpaca fleece (or fiber) feels incredibly soft, similar to cashmere but more durable. It’s warmer than sheep wool, as well as being hypoallergenic, odor, water & flame resistant. In addition to producing fiber, alpacas are beautiful, fascinating, curious creatures. If you’re feeling stressed, just spend a few minutes around them and you’ll forget your worries!