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Storm, May 2019

Storm of the Year

On May 29th we were struck with 90-100 MPH straight line winds. The damage was extensive, as you can see in the photos below. We estimate close to 50 trees blew over, crushing  500 feet of fencing and two gates. Somehow, only two fence posts were broken.

Miraculously, neither the house nor the barn took a direct hit, but the rear overhang of the barn sustained minor damage. We were out of power from Wednesday to Saturday. Fortunately we have a backup generator.

It will be a year or more before we get everything cleaned up and even then it’s not likely we will get our trails cleared. There are so may trees down, we can’t even see them at this point.

Spring 2019

Opening Day

The opening of the Lansdale Farmers Market on May 18 saw a huge crowd turn out on a beautiful May day. The alpacas were a huge hit. Channing actually allowed people to pat and hug her. Arthur was a bit less affectionate but still allowed some people to touch him.

Arthur and Channing were huge hits at the opening of the Lansdale Farmers market.

Another Shearing

On Thursday, May 2nd we had our annual shearing. We are fortunate to have a very accomplished shearer in Ethan Good, who won Grand Champion shearer at the 2019 Pa. Farmer Show. Ethan hails from York and comes east for about a week at a time to do all the local farms. He knocked off eight alpacas and two sheep in about an hour and a half. We were thankful for a few visitors as well as several of our 4-H kids, who helped in bagging and cleaning up the fiber .

Ethan shears Chevy.
Ethan trims Dagger’s teeth with his handy Dremel.
Amelia gets her annual trim. Note the gorgeous array of colors and the tight crimp of her fleece.
The final stash.

Spring 2018

Bachlorette Party

Congratulations to Michele and Michael who held a bachlorette party at the farm. Some day they would like to own their own alpaca farm.

Michele and Michael (seated) celebrated their pre-marriage at our farm. Even Chester managed to sneak into the picture.
Alpaca Shearing

The alpacas received their spring haircut on May 3rd. Several of the adoptive parents stopped by to watch and went home with some souvenir fiber.


Two of our 4-Hers, Kylee and Jane, help bag Channing’s fiber’
Birthday Party

On May 5th, we kicked off the season with a birthday party. The weather was cooperative and everyone had a unique, good time.

By the way, we will soon be processing our fiber. If anyone is interested in learning what’s done and/or helping out, please give us a call.

Sandy oversees the group of girls learning how to needle felt.
The birthday party girls pose with our new sculpture.

Alex left the gate in the heard health room ajar and the boys had a short break of freedom. We managed to get them all back in except Dagger, who tends to do his own thing anyway. Eventually he decided he would rather be with the rest of the herd instead of on his own, and we lured him back in.

Dagger often finds himself on the wrong side of the fence, and he’s slow to admit it.
Class Visit

On April 23rd, the first grade from United Friends School of Quakertown visited our farm for a morning tour and fiber presentation. It was just possibly the most perfect day we’ve had this spring. After the tour they had lunch and returned to school.

United Friends School First Grade
Goat/sheep Shearing

We had a beautiful day for the goat/sheep shearing on April 22nd. As usual, our shearer Hoyt, gave an educational and informational commentary as he sheared the animals. Those who attended had a lot of questions and learned  a great deal about shearing and the animals in general.

Hoyt shears Amelia, one of our Blue-Faced Leicsters as our 4-H members bag her fiber.
When the fiber is stretched apart it forms an artistic, diaphanous veil.
Can you recognize Pete’s head? When the animals are shorn, they are completely relaxed.
New Alpacas

On Saturday, April 14, we picked up three new alpacas. These new alpacas are worry free. They don’t poop and they don’t eat hay or grain. Their only maintenance is a coat of spar varnish every two years. Stop by and get your picture taken with them.

We commissioned Todd Gladfelter, an accomplished chainsaw sculpture from New Ringgold, to do the sculpture. We met him at a chainsaw festival in western Pa. last summer. He is truly an accomplished artist.

Daddy alpaca, mommy alpaca and baby alpaca (cria).

Winter 217

Also, this is a good time of the year to learn a new skill, like felting, drop spindle spinning or weaving. Give us a call if you are interested in setting up a workshop or instruction session.

The snow didn’t upset the alpacas’ Super Bowl Sunday.

On Jan. 31st we welcomed 11 kindergartners from United Friends School in Quakertown. They had fun interacting with the animals and enjoyed fiber demonstrations.

Two kindergartners try to entice the alpacas to come close.

Winter 2017

Winter 2017-18

We would like to thank all our customers and visitors to the farm for our most successful year since we started raising alpacas. The weather being what it’s been so far, we’re sure all of you who purchased alpaca socks will be thinking it was a very good investment.

Please check back as we begin to assemble our calendar of events for the coming year. We are planning on doing most of the events we did last year and possibly adding some.

Our year begins with our third visit to the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Jan. 9th. Four of our 4-Hers  have been enduring the elements to train for the Showmanship and Agility competition. We will post updates of the results shortly after the event.

We are looking forward to our 8tth year of business and hope to see many old and new faces throughout the year. Remember, if we are here, we are open. Please call ahead at any time if you’re inspired to visit the alpacas or our store.

Along with Chester, we say good bye to 2017 and look forward to 2018.


On his first day out on the fresh pasture, Nordic decided to collect pine cones. It was a real treat trying to get them off.
Alas, the large oak tree that stood at the bottom of our poop piles died last year, so we had it taken down this spring. We’ll appreciate its warm next winter.


2017 Shearing

• On a dreary May 6, we sheared the sheep and goats and the next day we put them out to their summer/fall pastures, which they really appreciated.

Ethel was the first up to have her hair cut.
One of our visitors had the opportunity to try her hand at shearing.









Annabelle, one of our 4-H helpers also got a feel for shearing.
This was the first time we have seen Amelia’s fleece. It is gorgeous. The bits of light brown are the sun-bleached outer fibers and the light gray ones are those next to her skin. Notice how “crimpy” the fibers are. That means they have a lot of elasticity to them, which is an ideal quality.











Alpaca shearing day (May 4) was a huge success thanks in large part to the help of our 4-H club members.

The day began with our shearer, Nathan Good, trimming Morgan’s teeth with a Dremel.
Kayla and Naomi prepare to bag Morgan’s blanket as Nathan trims it off. Notice that Morgan’s front and back legs are tied off to posts to prevent them from squirming and kicking.
Nathan readies Chevy for shearing.
Chevy being sheared








Chevy sheared
Grace (left) helps Annabelle give Chablis her Ivermectin shot, used to kill parasites.








Kayla administers Bella’s shot. We normally do herd health day once a month and since it coincided with the shearing, we decided to do both at the same time. The only thing we didn’t do was weigh the animals, which is usually a part of herd health.