A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

September 10, 2019

Fallpacapalooza 2019

Mark your calendars for September 28, 2019!

It’s time for Fallpacapalooza.

This year’s proceeds will go to support the Senior Hearts Prom – The Special Hearts Prom is an event for individuals with special needs held each Spring.

There will be an Alpaca Feeding! Alpaca VIP Meet & Greet! Bouncy Castle! Games! Bake Sale! Food and more!

A family fun day of games and fun! ​

Fallpacapalooza will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019 10 am to 3 pm MST.​

Entry to event – only $10 per carload!

Grab your friends and neighbors and come out to have some fun!​

Help us to make the 2020 Special Hearts Prom a magical and memorable night!

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with announcements related to Fallpacapalooza!

Booth vendors needed. Promote your business, organization or yourself!

Contact us for more information

Email: windrush@plateautel.net Phone 575 683 5177

or send us a message via our Facebook page!

Time to Visit Alpacas! Open Farm Day is Saturday

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September 2, 2019

The Alpacas are Waiting for You! Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas is Back!

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Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas

We are so glad it is September, because we open our gates again for Open Farm Day! Our alpacas have sure missed their regular visitors. Join us on Saturday, September 14,2019 from 10 am to 3 pm. Admission and parking are free!

Open Farm Day is a fun, outdoor event for all ages. You will be invited into our alpaca pen to get an up-close experience with our herd. Ric and Rosemary, the alpaca farm owners, will share stories about raising these gentle, soft fleeced animals. They will tour you around the farm and explain to you the joys they have experienced as alpaca owners.

You’ll even be able to feed the alpacas! And be ready to take pictures. We’ve got a couple of alpacas who are real hams and will pose for you!

Our Farm Store will be open and stocked with all types of alpaca products. Alpaca socks, scarves, hats and more! Treat yourself to an item made of soft and warm alpaca fiber. Some are made of fleece from Windrush Alpacas. And it’s never too early to start thinking about holiday gifts! Light refreshments will be served in the Farm Store too!

There is always something interesting to learn and see at Windrush Alpacas. Stop by anytime on Saturday, September 14 between 10 am and 3 pm! 

Windrush Alpacas farm is located just 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas.

For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com, shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ , or sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/xhiwn! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Program here http://www.windrushalpacas.com/pages/2087/adopt-a-paca.

August 13, 2019

Red Full Moon Alpaca Yoga

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August 6, 2019

Red Full Moon Alpaca Yoga

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Join us for another enjoyable evening of Full Moon Yoga with the alpacas of Windrush Alpacas and support Operation Cool Down!

Operation Cool Down provide fans, window units and water to those who are in need. We are honored to support this hard-working and hard giving charity with $5 of each registration.

August’s full moon is commonly known as the Sturgeon Full Moon but we have a distinct lack of Sturgeon in Clovis, NM! So we are using the alternative name of the Red Full Moon, which describes the sometimes reddish appearance of the moon as it rises through the sultry haze of summer.

Enjoy a gentle yoga practice with our fantastic instructor Terri Golder among our endearing alpacas, with starry skies and a wonderful view of the full moon (weather permitting). This is an adult event – ages 18 and over only, please.

All yoga experience levels are welcome (we love to introduce new people to yoga!).

Light refreshments will be provided after the event and the farm store will be open. Please note that we do not have public restrooms at the farm.

Bring your yoga mat, a towel or blanket to go under your mat, water bottle and of course your camera or cell phone for some unique pictures. (A limited amount of yoga mats will be available for those who don’t own one.)

Please purchase your tickets in advance to help us plan. These yoga events are very popular too so your advance purchase will guarantee your spot. Tickets are available at http://www.windrushalpacas.com/store/vendorItemPage.aspx?&id=25651&title=red-full-moon-alpaca-yoga

The alpacas hope to see you there!

June 12, 2019

Drop Spindle Class On Saturday!

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Learn to Spin Yarn at Windrush Alpacas Drop Spindle Class

June 10, 2019

Learn to Spin Using a Drop Spindle

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Drop Spindle class

Have you always wanted to learn how to spin?

Are you looking for a cost-effective way to ease into spinning without the expense of a wheel?

Do you have a spinning wheel but struggle with drafting your roving?

Then this class is for you!

On June 15 at 10 am Windrush Alpacas is hosting a class so you can learn how to use a drop spindle to make your own yarn.

Shannon McKerlie will be your instructor and will guide you through the steps to get you spinning. A drop spindle is small, but you will be amazed at what you can spin on one.

Shannon spins beautiful yarns on her drop spindle and is a clear and patient instructor.

During the class, you will be able to see the beautiful Windrush alpacas who will be providing your roving.

Tickets are $15 and include instruction, 2 ounces of alpaca roving to spin, and a drop spindle to take home. Class is expected to last for approximately one hour.

Purchase tickets at https://tinyurl.com/yxuqkslc

Windrush Alpacas is located at 770 Curry Road M, Clovis, NM 88101  (1 1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM)

For more information, email Shannon at smckerlie@gmail.com. We’ll see you there!

June 3, 2019

Don’t Miss the Last Open Farm Day!

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June 8 Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas

May 30, 2019

Behind the Scenes at Open Farm Day – Part 3

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The Final Preparations!

Windrush Alpacas Open Farm Day

So far, I’ve told you a bit about why we started Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas and how it all comes together each month. (link)

And now – the final preparations! There are many things that cannot be done until the last minute. And, of course, weather, alpaca health, and human assistance are all factors for a successful Open Farm Day!

The week before Open Farm Day can be a bit hectic!

First, decisions must be made as to the type of cookies to serve to our guests! And lunch for our volunteers. I try as best as I can to make the cookie dough in advance, portion and freeze it, so that the night before Open Farm Day I can quickly pull the already prepared cookies from the freezer and bake them.

I enjoy researching recipes and baking, which is a good thing, as we go through a lot of cookies on Open Farm Day! I like to start baking early on Friday morning, mainly because I am not tempted to eat cookies at 6:30 a.m. – can’t say the same about Ric though!

The volunteer lunch must be something easy to prepare and that can withstand a delay, as we often cannot eat until a little while after the farm has closed. Ingredients for the cookies and the lunch must be purchased and prepared. Our stock of drink supplies, cups, napkins and dixie cups for alpaca feeding time must be replenished as necessary.

Being in dry, dusty and windy New Mexico it doesn’t matter how far in advance you clean. You still need to give everything a once over the day before.  The store and the carport outside the store have to have a good cleaning, General cleanup around the farm takes place too.

I check the store to make sure we have enough of each product on display and that the New Mexico gremlins have not been at work turning things upside down or putting items in the wrong place!

Quite often we have inventory items arrive at the last minute. Price labels are prepared in advance so that the products can be quickly entered into inventory and taken out for display.

Our Wonderful Volunteers

I usually touch base with our volunteers the week before Open Farm Day to make sure they are available to help. Our friends Yolanda and Paul Hopkins are a godsend to us, showing up time and time again to help us out at Open Farm Day.

Yolanda also helps with making drying balls and cat toys for the store. She also makes bookmarks, mugs and comes up with fun ideas such as the Alpaca Poop Candy and our calendars. If that is not enough, Yolanda also takes pictures for us on Open Farm Day and throughout the year. Paul is a beekeeper and will bring raw, local honey to sell when he has it available.

During Open Farm Day Yolanda helps me run the store. Paul will help Ric by holding the alpaca for Alpaca Show and Tell, getting and returning alpacas to the pens, and keeping Ric stocked with feed for the alpaca feeding sessions.

Yolanda and Paul also help us out a lot at shearing time – whatever would we do without them! We are so fortunate to have such good friends (even if Yolanda does call me a slave driver!)

Other volunteers have helped us over time too. Our friend and neighbor Darlene Upham helped us in the store for many years, but her life is now taking her in a different direction, and we don’t get to see her as often as we used to.

Ads and updates to our Facebook page and website need to take place, and questions from potential visitors are answered.

The day before Open Farm Day cookie baking is in full swing, drinks carafes are prepared for the next day, and lemonade is made and stored in the fridge to stay cold. Feed bowls are made up for the alpaca feeding sessions and Ric usually rakes up the poop piles later in the day so there is less poop to be raked up the next morning.

It’s Show Time – Open Farm Day!

The morning of Open Farm Day we are up early. The volunteer lunch is prepared and then it is time to feed all our critters, both inside and outside. Poop piles are again raked up, our signs are put out, and our banner attached to the front gate. Tables are set up for the equipment display and for the hand washing area so that people can wash off their hands after feeding the alpacas.

The store lights are turned on, the cash register activated, and the refreshments carried out to the store – and by the time we have done all of that we usually have about five minutes to get changed before Open Farm Day begins.

So that is what it takes to make Open Farm Day happen. It’s a consistent and continual effort but over the years we have got it down to a fine art.

We started Open Farm Day to educate the public about alpacas. From the beginning, we decided that Open Farm Day should be free. As time has progressed the mission of Open Farm Day has become more than education.

Our Mission

It has become a mission of providing people something to do that appeals to all ages. It is something that is light years away from computers, cell phones and all the technology that we so often find ourselves attached to these days.

Open Farm Day brings people smiles and laughter. It encourages people to have conversations about their day. It allows people to have a day of fresh air and fun, peace and relaxation.  It gives people the chance to interact with the alpacas and maybe even get an alpaca kiss.

For the time that people are here we want them to forget about all the weird and wonderful things that are happening in the world these days and just enjoy the moment.  And, of course, Open Farm Day allows people to spend time with our adorable and enchanting alpacas.

Is Open Farm Day a lot of work? Most definitely. Is Open Farm Day worth effort? You bet! For if we can provide people with some moments of happiness, a day together to make happy memories, and share the magic of alpacas, then it is worth every moment of preparation and planning.

We hope to see you at our next Open Farm Day! Bring your smile, your family, your friends, your camera and enjoy!

May 28, 2019

Summertime Fun is a Visit to Windrush Alpacas Open Farm Day!

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Windrush Alpacas Open Farm Day

June is a month filled with fun celebrations. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, Corn on the Cob Day, and Best Friends Day. And those biggies too – Father’s Day, Graduations and the first day of Summer! Celebrate them all with your best friend, dad or grad at Windrush Alpacas. Come to Open Farm Day, Saturday, June 8 between 10 am and 3 pm.

Our owners will show you and your special someone around our farm, tell you all about raising these gentle, soft fleeced animals, and give you a chance to get close to a couple of our herd. You’ll even be able to feed them! The alpacas will be feeling great as they will all have been recently shorn and will be wearing their short summer coats! Be ready to take pictures! We’ve got a couple of alpacas who are real hams and will pose for you!

Stop in at the Farm Store where we’ll serve refreshments. You can browse our shelves filled with alpaca socks, scarves, toys, cushions and more! Treat Dad to a pair of extreme alpaca sport or hiking socks. Plenty of gifts for grads from pre-school through college too!

June’s Open Farm Day will be our last until September. Don’t miss it! There is always something interesting to learn and see at Windrush Alpacas. Stop by anytime on Saturday, June 8 between 10 am and 3 pm!

We have ample free parking, it’s free admission for everyone, and we even offer refreshments to our visitors. Windrush Alpacas farm is located us 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates http://www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas.

For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com, shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ , or sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/xhiwn! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Program here http://www.windrushalpacas.com/pages/2087/adopt-a-paca

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