Our Alpaca "farm" is now in RVA
Store & Studio - Alpaca shelter behind
Fireweed Farm Alpacas is a small breeding operation with Big Ideas! Although we only own a relatively small number of our own alpacas, we act as a broker for many of the other small breeders who we’ve helped over the years to start their own breeding programs. By helping our clients sell the production of their own breeding programs, we can help ensure their success in the alpaca industry and also offer prospective buyers the sort of selection that can usually be found only with a much large breeder.
Teri Phipps is the Farm’s General Manager. Teri honed her special event and conference planning skills as the Conference Chair for the AOBA 1996 National Conference, and by helping to stage and organize the 1995 Denver Symposium on Importation, the 1996 National Fiber Co-op Forum, and the 1997 Mid-Winter Conference. Teri has trained as a Cooperative Extension Small Acreage Management Consultant, and is also a professional shearer and transporter.
David Schieferstein is a lawyer by day, and was instrumental in setting up many of the institutions that are now the backbone of the alpaca industry. From 1995 through 1997, he served as the General Counsel for the Alpaca Registry, Inc., where he was an integral part of setting up and administering the Registry’s very successful import screening program, negotiating the Registry’s independence from the International Lama Registry, and establishing the Alpaca Research Foundation to support research into alpaca genetics, fiber and husbandry. He has also been a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences on sales contracts, financial and tax issues, and marketing, and still finds time to explore his musical roots on weekends with a classic rock band, Stone River.
A Commitment to Education: For more than twenty two years, Fireweed has pioneered beginning and continuing education for breeders, with classes like hands-on fiber education, TTeam Training© clinics, and neonatal labs and herd management seminars hosted by Dr. LaRue Johnson of Colorado State University. The couple has written a very popular book that is the companion manual for their “Alpaca Buyer’s Clinic: Getting Started with the Building Blocks of the Alpaca Industry.” They’ve hosted a number of classes at Fireweed Farm, ranging from an introduction to basic reproductive and herd management to shearing, fecal and parasite clinics. In 2009, Teri debuted a new fiber & shearing festival “Lets Get Naked”© and “Toes to Clothes”©. With such continuing education, as well as pre- and post-sale consultative services, Teri and David are committed to their customers’ success.