Last year it was so hot our alpacas were very happy to have all that luxurious fleece sheared off. This year the temps have dropped and they are no doubt longing to have their furry coats back. But hot weather will come again soon. We had a very successful shearing day . . . shearing 17 alpacas in 4 hours. A great team effort. Thanks to everyone and our terrific shearer. Everybody stayed on task and kept us moving right along.
At the end of the day we were happy to send 4 of our girls to a new home. New owners, Sandra and Paula, will be wonderful alpaca owners. It was quite the learning day for them at their first shearing. By now they are old hands at haltering alpacas, trimming toenails and collecting fiber.
There are just 4 alpacas left at Fern Ridge now — two males and two females. We are very motivated to find new homes for these great fleece producing white alpacas. If you are a fiber lover you could be harvesting your own fleece in your own pasture. The dense, soft white fiber can be dyed any color you fancy. Alpacas are great for kids to learn to care for livestock. Our two boys are 4H experienced. Please contact us if you would like to discover what alpacas will add to your life.
We’re very sorry to disappoint the kids and alpaca loving adults but we’re NOT OPEN any longer for visitors. The herd is for sale and we have just 4 alpacas who still need to find new pastures. If you are interested please contact us about purchasing alpacas. We’d love to share our experience, expertise and love of all things alpaca.
We are delighted that our alpacas are finding wonderful new homes. Some of our boys have gone to the Kitsap Peninsula, some boys and girls have stayed here on the island and others have gone further afield. As of today, we just have 2 boys and 3 girls that still need to find new pastures to graze. Apollo, our first born, and his half-brother, Demitrius are two very sweet white alpaca boys that produce a lot of beautiful fleece. Demitrius’ fleece has won awards in spin-off competitions. Our knitting customers rave about the softness of his yarn.
The females for sale include Berkeley, one of our original foundation females, and her daughter, Rosaline, and Asa who produces beautiful rich brown fleece.
If you’ve been thinking about how alpacas could enhance your farm, don’t delay. Give us a call and we’ll be delighted to share our experience raising these wonderful creatures and introduce you to our alpacas.
We are no longer open for tours and the farm store is also closed. However, if you are looking for yarn you can email us or drop in to Knitty Purls in Langley to find our fine alpaca yarn.
And, if you’ve been dreaming of raising alpacas now is the time to contact us. We are motivated to sell these last 5 and our prices are very reasonable.
We’re delighted that our gorgeous rose grey girl, Freya, has a new home with fiber enthusiast and alpaca breeder SnowFlake Fibers! Two boys, Felix and Kuro are now living on the farm of one of our terrific 4H families. Both boys have had 4H training and their new owners Erica and Christina will be putting these boys through their paces in preparation for the fair in August.
MALES AND FEMALES STILL AVAILABLE.
We now have 3 white males and one shiny black male in the boy’s pasture. Demetrius‘ white fleece is an award winner! Giovanni also produces white fleece that is one of our customer’s favorite yarns. Apollo, our first born boy, produces a very dense white fleece.
Hermes is one of those alpacas that really stands out in the pasture. So many of our farm visitors were in love with Hermes, as his shiny black fleece drew your attention right away. Knitters love the blue/black shine of his fleece.
And the girls!Rosaline (full sister to award winning Demetrius) and Aster (our youngest at 3) also produce volumes of white fluffy fleece. Two more girls, Electra and Asa, are rich mahogany brown with black undertones. And our bay black female, Rachael is a very experienced mom who produces rich black yarn with a hint of brown undertones. We have maidens ready to start their breeding careers and 3 are experienced moms: Berkeley, Electra and Rachael. Any or all of these girls would make fabulous foundation females to get you started on your own herd.
Contact us about any of these alpacas. We’re anxious to find new homes for all of them. Prices are very reasonable. Email us for more details on each alpaca.
With the passing of my dear husband and alpaca farmer extraordinaire, it is time to find new homes for our herd. We loved the alpaca lifestyle and built a successful agri-tourism and fiber business.
We are no longer able to offer farm tours. However, if you are interested in talking about the purchase of alpacas or you are yearning for some premium alpaca yarn from our herd we can arrange an appointment.
ALPACA YARN STILL AVAILABLE! Beautiful alpaca yarn from our harvest and rugs woven from our own fleece, plus alpaca clothing are still available in our farmstore in a yurt. If you are yearning for alpaca yarn or thinking about holiday gifts – be sure to give us a call or send an email.
OUR HERD IS FOR SALE and includes breeding males and females ready to start or continue their breeding careers. The herd includes a rose grey female, rich mahogany browns, lustrous black and white. We have one gelded male and one non-breeding male. And, we have one stunningly elegant guard llama, Sylvia. New alpaca owners are offered mentoring to get you started on your own path to successful alpaca breeding and fiber production. Our alpacas are halter trained and many have been 4H trained and all are very reasonably priced.
Fall is here and we’re all thinking about the warm and cozy things we can knit and crochet. Five of Whidbey Island’s fiber farms and 2 great yarn stores are participating in FiberQuest 2015. At each farm you can meet the alpacas that produce the luxuriously soft yarn and roving. Start planning your holiday gift giving of hand-made alpaca clothing.
Satisfy your fiber love with the Whidbey Island FiberQuest: September 25-26-27. You can download ticket with map of farms/stores here. FQ-2015_Ticket.
Sadly, at this time we are unable to have regular open hours for tours. Our finest tour guide and farmer extraordinaire is no longer with us and we miss him very much.
In this next chapter we are hoping to find new pastures for the herd. However, if you are yearning for alpaca clothing or yarn we have socks, gloves, hats and scarves and yarn available in our farm store. Please contact us and we’ll take care of you.
If you know of anyone who wants to bring these lovable livestock into their farm life have them contact us.
If you’re planning on visiting the island this weekend – Sept 12 and 13, we encourage you to do the Whidbey Island Farm Tour. One note: although we are listed in the printed brochure we unfortunately had to withdraw from the farm tour. But there are plenty of other wonderful stops on the tour: from locally grown vegetables, cheese made from sheep’s milk to a fiber mill and a distillery.
For the next few weeks we are not able to be open for farm visits as we attend to family needs and participate in alpaca 4H activities at the Whidbey Island Fair. However, if you’re yearning for alpaca yarn or a pair of alpaca socks or some of our other alpaca products please contact us by email and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.
We encourage you to visit the Whidbey Island Fair August 6-9 in Langley, WA. It has all the fun of a rural county fair. . . . animals, rides and food. The 4H alpaca club will be having their competitions on Friday in the arena by the alpaca barn. Sit in the grandstand and watch the 4H alpaca handlers put their animals through their paces. On Sunday you can watch the egg and spoon races and timed obstacles courses. It’s a lot of fun for everyone. See you at the Fair.
Please watch the website for updates on when the farm will be open for visits again.
All the alpacas are happy to have had their furry winter coats shorn off before the temps reached record highs in the Northwest! All 20 alpacas and mama llama Sylvia had haircuts and toenail trims in mid June. They look so skinny without their fluffy fleece.
As always we were left with bags and bags of fleece. Most of it is already sorted by fiber characteristics into different grades and sent off to the mill to be made into premium yarns. We’re grateful to have another fleece harvest done for the year. Thanks to our excellent shearer and all our helpers! We are so appreciative of your hard work and good spirits as the day wore on and on.
These last couple of weeks have been really hot here on Whidbey and there’s no rain forecast as far out as we can see. On the hottest days the alpacas truly enjoy a bit of spray to cool off. We’re finding they are more interested in greeting visitors in the morning hours. By late afternoon they are all hunkered down in the shade of their shelters and not very willing to come out into the sun.
Our 4H alpaca group just had their spring show. This event is a trial run for the Whidbey Island Fair which happens in August.
The judges put the kids and their alpacas through their paces. It’s a good way to find out what you need to work on with your alpaca so you’ll be more successful at the county fair.
One session is showing your alpaca in a group with others. The judge is looking to see how well the handler keeps their alpaca under control. Can they walk single file across the show ground? Does the handler have to pull the alpaca along or is the alpaca pulling the handler? Neither is desirable. The alpaca should walk with a loose lead a few steps behind the handler.
Can they line up side by side and stand still when the handler directs them to? Sometimes the alpacas get excited and jump around and the handler has to know just what to do to get them quietly back in position.
Another challenging session is the obstacle course. Alpacas tend to be uneasy walking on different surfaces and through unfamiliar places. But, ideally the 4H handler has built a trust with their alpaca so the two can successfully navigate a series of obstacles they’re seeing for the first time. Alpacas are smart and our 4H handlers have to show them who’s in charge and that they will be kept safe when they are on a halter and lead.
It’s a fun day for everyone. And, of course, there are ribbons to be earned for all their hard work. Our judges, an experienced llama trainer and a 4H alpaca graduate had a good time with the kids and their alpacas.
Thanks everyone for a wonderful Spring Show. Now it’s time to get to work on those things you and your alpaca still need to learn. See you in August at the Whidbey Island Fair.