Why Alpacas

“Quirky, inquisitive and endearing, raising alpacas is as close as I will ever get to having my own magical unicorns.”The alpaca is a species of South American camelid descended from the vicuña. This little ruminant is similar to, and often confused with, the llama. However, alpacas are noticeably smaller than llamas.

In America, this easy-to-care-for livestock is raised for it’s wonderfully sturdy and versatile fleece, also called “fiber”. There are two kinds of alpacas, the suri (pronounced: SOO-ree) alpaca, which sports long, silky, curly locks, and the huacaya (pronounced: wah-KY-ah) alpaca, which grows a thick, teddy-bear-like fleece. The fiber from both species of alpaca is used to make clothing, fiber arts, blankets, rugs hats and more.

Because alpaca fiber is hollow, it is both lighter and warmer than sheep’s wool and it is even water-repellent! It also lacks the lanolin coating of sheep’s wool, making it a great alternative for people with wool allergies.

“Quirky, inquisitive and endearing, raising alpacas is as close as I will ever get to having my own magical unicorns.”

Fun-Filled Events

There is something fun for everyone here on the ranch. Alpaca yoga, painting with alpacas, holiday events & more. These are just a few of the events we have planned. Keep an eye on our event calendar to learn more.

Farm Tours

Looking for something fun and unique to do with your family? We offer farm tours twice a week, where you can learn about these unique creatures and have a hands-on experience. You can even feed them if you want.

Soil Amender

Thinking of planting a garden this year? Alpaca beans are a nutrient-rich, weed-free soil conditioner that improves soil quality and its ability to retain water. It is even gentle enough to put directly on young plants. Gardeners love it!

Want to Volunteer?

As we continue to grow, we will need volunteers who are interested in helping with various tasks & events at the ranch, including, but not limited to:

  • Maintaining pastures

  • Animal care and feeding

  • Building structures

  • Events: Setup, take-down & assist

  • Ranch tours

Since we are just getting started, these volunteer opportunities will evolve.

If this is something you might be interested in, please fill out our volunteer application.

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