Alpacas are the most recent addition to our diversifying farm. Because we could use the same infrastructure we already had for horses and goats, it was easy in include alpacas as a local fiber experiment. So far we have found alpacas to be very hardy, easy to care for, light on the land, and unexpectedly entertaining.
We keep alpacas for their exceptionally soft, light, and warm wool, which is harvested yearly by shearing in the spring. Alpacas produce as much fiber as sheep, but it is of higher quality and requires much less processing (because alpacas do not secrete oils into their fleece as sheep do). Alpacas also come in many natural colors, reducing the need for dying. For an example, see the photo above of our weaving using undyed alpaca yarn.
Visitors enjoy hand feeding our alpacas.