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