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March 2012 - Saint Isidore's teams up with local school to send alpaca socks to deployed Marines


 The students of Trivium School pose with four alpacas from St. Isidore's Alpacas Farm in Lunenburg, MA.  The alpacas and the students and parents and friends of Trivium all contributed to conclude a successful “Socks for Soldiers” project at the school.


The Story:


On Thursday, March 15, 2012, eight packages left the South Lancaster post office headed for the U.S. Marines of Tango Battery's First Platoon in Afghanistan.  The mailing was the culmination of a student-parent project initiated by the families of Trivium School. Krista Pastrone, parent of Philip and Cecilia, Trivium students, suggested the “Support Our Troops” project, which consisted of the students raising funds to send alpaca socks to the Marines and writing letters of support to include in the packages. 


Why socks?  You might well ask, as did many of our Trivium families.  Mrs. Pastrone answered, “Our armed forces personnel have volunteered to serve our country, willingly going into harm's way, bravely protecting and defending our freedoms, making great personal sacrifices to do so. Socks may seem to us an insignificant comfort to send into the field of battle, but from all reports this small, simple comfort and sign of support is appreciated far more than we might imagine. There have been and still are a number of "Socks for Soldiers" or "Sock Brigade" programs around the country that supply our deployed soldiers with warm, comfortable socks.   The response from the troops to these programs has been enormously positive: the soldiers are so happy, not only to receive something truly useful in the form of warm socks far superior to standard-issue socks, but - equally if not more importantly - to receive a tangible sign that they are not forgotten, that their service is appreciated and honored, that their countrymen care enough to do some small thing for them.”


The socks were produced by the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool (NEAFP), a farmers' cooperative located here in Massachusetts.  NEAFP accepts alpaca fiber from farms across the U.S., processes it, and has it manufactured into finished products, such as these socks.   The fiber is 100% American alpaca, and the manufacturing is all done in the U.S.   So, these are truly American socks!   How fitting that these should go to our own troops serving abroad.


Those eight outgoing packages contained 96 pairs of alpaca socks, close to fifty notes of gratitude to the Marines, holy cards (donated by C. E. Buckley Religious Gift Store of Leominster), the above picture, and the banner the students were holding for the picture, signed by the student body.  The families of Trivium chose to send the socks to Tango Battery's First Platoon as it is commanded by First Lt. Philip Turner, Trivium class of '99.  They wanted to show their support for a very dear "son of the school" who is doing his part to serve and protect his country. 


- Story courtesy of Mrs. Ann Turner of Lunenburg, MA 







Groton Thanksgiving Farmers' Market 2012


Join us on Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 10 am to 2 pm.


Along with our alpaca products, there will be many other vendors there - come out and get your Christmas and holiday shopping done early!


Located at the historic Williams Barn in Groton, MA, situated on 93 acres of town-owned conservation land at 160 Chicopee Row, Groton.






Groton Thanksgiving Farmers' Market 2011


          Thank you to all our customers and those who stopped by to see the alpacas.  It was a beautiful fall day in Groton!



Farm Days 2010
           Thanks to all - new friends and neighbors - who came by the farm to see the alpacas and browse our shop!
Grotonfest 2010
               The alpacas couldn't come this year because of another event, but thanks to everyone who came by the booth, and who purchased something "alpaca"! 
Grotonfest 2009
          Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello to the alpacas - Apollo, Hidalgo, and Cynnabar had fun meeting all of you!   And thanks very much also to everyone who purchased our yarns or alpaca products - we appreciate your business, and hope you are enjoying your alpaca!!!



Thanksgiving Farmers' Market 2009

 Thank you to all our customers from the Market. We appreciate your business.