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Wide Sky Ranch: A Santa Fe Alpaca Farm

Big dreams, open minds, warm hearts

Dave and Pam Groff
19 Blue Mesa RdSanta Fe, NM 87508

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New Mexico Fiber Crawl - Mother's Day Weekend

About 3 1/2 years ago Dave and I dared to dream about going beyond my lifelong pursuit of knitting and actually establish an alpaca ranch in Santa Fe. Fortunately Dave was raised on a dairy farm in PA so he has the animal know how. Come see how our dream is being realized at WSR Check out exciting new products we are making from our small herd. On both days we will be giving ranch tours during which you will learn all about alpacas, how we care for them, compete in sanctioned alpaca shows, and how we do much of the fiber processing on the ranch.
* Saturday come meet my husband, another local alpaca breeder and myself. Both my friend and I will be working on knitting projects. Bring yours to show us or ask questions. During the day I will be demonstrating the initial step of of fiber processing called skirting. Learn its importance in leading up to superior fiber for hand spinning or for mill yarn production. I will also be demonstrating how I hand wash fleece which I used in my studio for products which I sell. Just like human hair, alpaca fleece looks and behaves best when clean.
* Sunday we are delighted to have Judy Chapman, well known needle felter from ABQ, join us. Come see how she creates human and animal figures from fleece. It is magical. Bring all your questions. Judy will bring some of her finished products to tempt you. Also today, as well as on Saturday, we will demonstrate how clean fleece is picked and then carded. These two steps have proven to be very interesting to children of all ages who visit our ranch.

On both days there will be light refreshments. Additionally, there will be a coloring table for young children. We are open 10:00 to 5:00. For more details on this event, go to https://www.evfac.org/event_detail/new-mexico-fiber-crawl. For additional info on our alpaca ranch, go to https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60958-d10584598-Reviews-Wide_Sky_Ranch_LLC-Santa_Fe_New_Mexico.html. #NMFiberCrawl