Bertram takes 3rd place!
My sweet girl, Holly
Cedar Glen Farm, established in 2002 by James and Lisa Dearden, operates Hooked on Alpacas. Lisa had a 20+ year career in sales, management, marketing and training before one too many car accidents left her nearly disabled. While in recovery, she and her husband James moved to Goochland County, Virginia, where they purchased a small farm. The farm had about 25 fruit trees and some established raised beds. Following her interest in that land, Lisa pursued her degree in Horticulture with a focus on sustainable agriculture and became very involved in the local foods movement. They grow much of their own food, including vegetables, fruits, herbs and berries and have a small herd of dairy goats, a few rabbits and a flock of chickens.
Cedar Glen Farm added alpacas to the mix in 2010, and now have 14 alpacas. The alpacas are located on a farm only a few miles from the Dearden's farm, where they co-op with another family on a farm property that was no longer in use. Altogether, there are now over two dozen alpacas and two llamas on the farm. The alpacas produce beautiful fiber, which is processed into high quality yarn and rug yarn at Echo View Fiber Mill in North Carolina. The Dearden's alpaca business is now called "Hooked on Alpacas"! Lisa is now qualified to teach weaving classes using The American Peg Loom and weaves beautiful rugs from her rug yarn, as well as scarves, pot holders, place mats, table runners, etc. from yarn.
Today, Lisa runs a business focused on sustainable agriculture and food. ChiknEGG Productions, and it's sister non-profit, RVAg, Inc. manages a large scale farmers market and offers ag-themed educational classes, workshops and special events. She also owns and operates the Cook 'N Nook, which is a commercial kitchen that is for rent by the hour for food entrepreneurs and caterers, where they also offer cooking classes. Husband James runs his own engineering firm, Dearden Consulting Group, and is now semi-retired. Together, the Deardens somehow manage to offer their animal husbandry skills to their menagerie of animals and are always delighted to share their adventures with others. They grow much of their own food, including vegetables, fruits, herbs and berries and have a small herd of dairy goats, a few rabbits and a flock of chickens.
Farm Terms & Financing
12 months same as cash (zero interest) with 25% down.
18 months same as cash (zero interest) 35% down.