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Landmark Farm Alpacas

Ralph & Rachelle Bridges
1118 Landmark Church RdGrassy Creek, NC 28631

Speed Bump 'Does This Make Me Irish?'

Globetrotter & Smudge
Just hours old!
Holly guarding her herd


Landmark Farm Alpacas is located in Grassy Creek, NC in the heart of the High Country, known for its Frazier Fir Christmas trees, the beautiful New River and Mt. Jefferson.

We purchased our first alpaca in 2008, and kept her boarded while we began clearing part of an 18-acre mountain parcel to start building our farm from scratch, project-by-project, and mostly long distance, while we still lived near Tallahassee, Florida.

During three years of trips back and forth, we transformed a forested tract of land into a beautiful farm in a park-like setting, with lush pastures and a Morton Buildings barn. We've noticed that our priorities are in sync with many other alpaca owners. Our alpacas live in the 'Paca Palace' while we are crammed into a 14x70 mobile home with two large companion dogs!

After Ralph's retirement in Oct. 2010, we made the move to small-town mountain living, with five alpacas! Through careful selection of breeding pairs, our goal is to produce alpacas with few health issues, and with fleece that is a step up in the most desirable characteristics with each generation. We are mindful that the quality of the alpacas we are breeding represents, in part, that of the "national herd."

At Landmark Farm, our first and highest priority will always be the health and contentment of our alpacas. In addition to optimal nutrition and vet care, they benefit from the clean air and cooler temperatures of our mountain elevation, and regular exercise on the gentle hills. Our herd size will always remain small so that we can provide hands-on, individual attention. Each alpaca and our Anatolian Shepherd livestock guardian dog are cherished members of our family.

Our focus for farm visitors is an introduction to these delightful, luxuious fiber-producing animals, in a friendly, low-key atmosphere. Visitors will find a very clean farm in an exquisite mountain setting! There will be no sales pitches here! If you are interested in buying alpacas, tell us, and then we will be happy to show you which ones are for sale. We are blessed to have some of the most well-respected breeders in the industry as mentors. We are happy to answer any questions, and assure you that there are no dumb questions because we have already asked them!

We hope that our careful planning and experiences building our farm might be of assistance to others who may be thinking about owning alpacas. We can help you to keep in mind important considerations and offer some handy hints that could help you avoid setbacks and those pesky do-overs!

We always welcome phone calls and emails just to talk about alpacas! The farm, and farm store with beautiful alpaca products, are open year round by appointment. We do not charge for visits, however, due to increasing farm costs, voluntary donations are welcome!

NO DOGS allowed on the property.

"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened - Anatole France

Holiday Schedule

The farm and farm store will be closed Dec. 19 - 29. We will reopen for farm visits and shopping on Dec. 30, and will also be open New Year's Day. All visits and shopping are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

NOTE: the "Store" button above, is not our farm's products. These are products from all alpaca farms using the Open Herd website.