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Sep
30

We invite you to join in the fun celebrating Alpaca Farm Days! We'll be open 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday Sept 30 - Oct 1. Learn, Love and Laugh with our Alpacas! Learn why alpaca fiber has been called the ‘fiber of the gods’ and makes all sorts of wonderful products for people to enjoy. You’ll Love Alpacas, with their big eyes and intelligent faces. And of course one can't help but laugh and be joyful around them! Our Farm Boutique is stock full and everything’s on sale!! Start your holiday shopping early by buying alpaca yarn or finished products from our herd. We offer select locally hand knit items by Justine Chenel Designs, alpaca yarn from our alpacas, alpaca socks, alpaca rugs, scarves, mittens, hats, dolls, rugs and more. Weekend Sale 10-35% off most items in our Farm Boutique. Don’t miss out! We'll have fiber art demonstrations throughout the days. Come, sit, and spin a yarn with us! Come visit our working alpaca ranch with over 38 alpacas. We are offering a Special Barn Sale on alpacas this weekend too! This weekend we will be open from 10am-4pm to share the joy of everything alpaca! Alpacas are an Environmentally Friendly Way to Enrich Your Family's Lifestyle!

Sep
30

It's Fun and it's FREE! Saturday, September 30, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM Join us for our 6th annual open house on National Alpaca Farm Days. We are joining alpaca ranchers across the US and Canada opening our ranch so you can meet the alpacas face to face. Walk through our pastures and experience the gentle nature of our alpacas. Bring your camera to take pictures with the alpacas. Learn about the alpaca and the life style directly from your local alpaca ranchers. Watch demonstrations of spinning, weaving and other fiber activities. Start your holiday shopping early in our boutique where you'll find alpaca apparel and products. Bring your knitting or crocheting and join us for the afternoon.

Sep
30

This class is a simpler version of the Pumpkin Faces Felting Class, though neither is very difficult. You will be learning the basics of needle felting a three dimensional object. Needle felting is a fun craft and part of the fun is creating something out of a mass of fiber just by poking with a needle, and in just one sitting! All materials are included, felting tools and foam surface to work on are provided for use in class. These items are also available to purchase should you want to do more needle felting at home. To register, click here https://goo.gl/LlGeSF

Sep
30

The Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival celebrates small farms and natural fiber with over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, fiber animals, handspinning and fiber crafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items and local meat and cheese. The Festival includes contests, fiber arts classes and demonstrations, shepherd workshops, herding and shearing demos, fleece sale and more set against a backdrop of rolling hills during the peak of Vermont fall foliage.

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ABOUT ALPACAS

Alpacas are gentle creatures that are easy to care for and can be raised for either profit or for pure enjoyment as a hobby.

Although they make wonderful pets and are exceptionally gentle with children, they are primarily known for their high quality, luxury fiber. Alpaca fiber is highly prized for its exceptional softness, durability, incredible warmth, and is hypoallergenic. In fact, it is considered to be a luxury fiber.

Like other natural fibers, alpaca wool has excellent thermal and wicking properties, so it will keep you warm and dry, yet will allow your skin to breathe. Alpaca fiber makes great socks, hats, sweaters, scarves, and gloves. Lower grade fiber from the legs and belly area makes excellent rugs and blankets.

Alpaca Breeds

A Suri alpaca has long, silky fiber that hangs in narrow twists or locks and resembles dreadlocks. The Huacaya looks like a plush toy animal and has shorter, dense, crimpy fiber that is soft and fluffy looking. The Suri is not as common as the Huacaya, and therefore its fiber tends to be more expensive.

Alpaca History

Alpacas originated in South America and were imported to the United States in the 1980s. They are part of the camelid family, which also includes camels and llamas, but they chew their cud the same way that cows do.

An alpaca's diet consists mainly of grass and hay, and it can obtain most of its food from grazing in the open pasture. They will also trim the grass carefully without pulling out the entire plant.

After the initial investment, the cost of maintaining alpacas is relatively low and they are considered to be a very healthy, 'green' animal, having very nutrient-rich manure. Alpacas are shorn once a year, and their fleece does not take long to grow back.

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