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About Us – The other side of the story

 

So, how did we get here?   Well, Krista always had, somewhere in the obscure, outer reaches of her imagination, the romantic idea of raising sheep on a green hillside, spinning their wool (never mind I had no idea how to spin), and knitting it into beautiful, finished garments. Not for material gain, but for the sheer, bucolic romance of the thing: to see and make something from absolute start to finish; from animal to afghan, so to speak. It was a distant dream, and truthfully, rather vague.

While flipping through the pages of a Sheep & Wool Festival program in the May of 2006, Krista came across an alpaca farm ad with a photo of an alpaca.   WHAT is THAT??????????? Ok, so my knowledge of the animal kingdom was incomplete: I had never heard of an alpaca, let alone seen one.   Of course, having grown up with Tintin books, I knew what a llama was: they were the Andean animals that spit at Captain Haddock.  But what was this fluffy, fantastic creature that appeared to be a cross between a sheep and a giraffe, with a little Dr. Seuss thrown in?  

 

Enter the internet and Krista’s somewhat obsessive tendency to study a subject into the ground.  “Hey, guys, look at this!” – poor family, they didn’t suspect what was coming – “Alpaca can be raised and bred for profit, and they have a luxury fiber – better than wool!”   “And they don’t eat much relative to other livestock!”  “And they’re very hardy!”   “And they don’t require much land or shelter!”  Etc., etc.  Sound familiar?  You know the rest of the story.   Discussion. More web surfing.   Debate.  Find AOBA website.  Look up local farms.  Visit first farm.  More Debate.  More research.  Visit next farm.  More Discussion.  Visit next farm.  Ad iterum several times.   Then Dad makes famous declaration (August, 2006): “Well, either way, we wouldn’t do anything until spring of next year.”  First purchase:  September 23, 2006.   No experience, no barn, no land, no farm. But the proud owners of one maiden – yep, you read it right – one maiden alpaca.

 

After the typical ups and downs of most new ventures, relocation to a farm, and one or two surprises, we now have a growing herd, a little bit of knowledge and experience, and plenty more fencepost holes to dig.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy a what?

 

Are you sure you don't want to buy an alpaca, Mom?