A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

May 1, 2019

Behind the Scenes at Open Farm Day – Part Two

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How We Make Open Farm Day Happen

Last month I wrote a little about how Open Farm Day started and the purpose behind Open Farm Day. This month I will let you know how we make that happen.

Our preparations for Open Farm Day start immediately after the last Open Farm Day finishes. When the last party has left for the day, we pick up the signs, roll up the banner, close down the store and go in and have a well-earned lunch!

We usually have our faithful volunteers with us (more about them later!). As we eat lunch we talk about the day and discuss ideas such as items for the store or things we need to do to make Open Farm Day even better.

Lunch is usually something that can survive several hours in a slow cooker, as often it is well past 3 pm by the time we get to sit down and eat. Once lunch is over, we then have to feed all the animals on the farm. While the female alpacas have usually had lots of tasty treats from visitors during Open Farm Day the rest of the animals on the farm are awaiting their evening feed.

The next few days after Open Farm Day are spent ordering inventory for the store. Some of the products we carry in the store can be ordered quickly but other products take quite a time to restock. Dryer balls have to be made – a process that involves putting together the fleece to be used, lightly needle felting them to shape, decorating them with color and then putting them through a process to felt them and dry them.

The goats milk soap for our alpaca felt covered soaps takes three weeks to dry once it has been made. I order the soaps from my soap making friend Rena in order to get it here in time. Then I apply the felt cover using a wet felting process and get the soaps to dry once more.

Our beautiful alpaca rugs are made in a small town in Texas. To get the rugs made we first decide how much of each color of fleece we want to send. Then we go through that fleece to remove as much dust and vegetable matter as we can (a process called skirting). Next we ship the fleece to Texas and then wait for the rugs to be made.

The mill works fleece on a first come first served basis and it can take two to three months before our rugs are ready to come back to us. Products made through the various fleece cooperatives we work with are often easier to access, but they too are subject to where our fleece is in the “fleece pipeline”. The boutique yarns that are made solely from our fleece typically take 6 -8 weeks to process.

So, you see it can be quite a juggling act to keep products stocked in the store!

Once products arrive at the farm, they are entered in to inventory, labeled and then put on display. Excess products are stored so we can find them quickly should a product need replenishing during a busy Open Farm Day

While all of this is happening, we also have to come up with the advertising for the next Open Farm Day. For this I have the assistance of my wonderful Virtual Assistant Diane Sweeney. Diane has been working with me for 5 years and is a vital part of the Windrush Alpacas team. Diane comes up with the ad copy for advertising for Open Farm Day, submits the ads to a long and growing list of resources who help us advertise our Open Farm Days, and keeps me on track for getting the newsletter written so that we can stay in touch with our customers and fans.

There is a lot to do to prepare for each Open Farm Day, but thankfully over the years we have streamlined the process. Because in addition to preparing for Open Farm Day, we still have to keep the farm running, schedule and run farm visits and do all of the mundane paperwork that comes with running a business!

But I so enjoy what I do! Especially for our visitors!

 

Next up: Open Farm Day – The final preparations

April 8, 2019

Family Fun at Open Farm Day this Saturday

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January 28, 2019

Love Alpacas? We’ve Got Plenty to Love at Windrush Alpacas!

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 9 for our next Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas! Our alpaca herd are sweethearts and they will be happy to be your Valentine! Especially when you feed them!

Bring your special valentine, children, parents, cousins and friends. Our alpacas have plenty of heartwarming smiles to share – and they LOVE attention!

Tour the farm from 10 am to 3 pm and learn all about these wonderfully unique animals. Rosemary and Ric, Windrush Alpaca owners, will tell you about alpaca habits, what they eat and how we care for them. You may have a chance to pet an alpaca and feel the incredibly soft fleece!

Don’t let cold keep you away! Our toasty warm Farm Store will be open for you to browse (and buy!) a wide variety of socks, scarves, hats and other products made with alpaca fleece. And if we have to, we’ll even bring an alpaca inside! You’ll get hot chocolate – the alpaca will get your love!

We always offer free admission, free parking and free refreshments. Come join us 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM for a unique and fun day you can enjoy with your whole family.

For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com. Also, you can Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas and shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ and sign up for our newsletter!

November 5, 2018

Almost Time for Fallpacapalooza!

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October 29, 2018

Fallpacapalooza at Windrush Alpacas

Mark your calendars for a very special Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas – Fallpacapalooza! A day of fun for everyone! Games, prizes, an alpaca meet and greet,Fallpacapalooza2 (1) farm tours, snacks & more!

Proceeds from the day will go to the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center in Clovis, NM. The Center is a safe haven for children who have been abused or witnessed violence. Support this great cause while enjoying activities at the farm. There will be a $10 per car fee.

Our farm owners, Rosemary and Ric will be on hand to answer questions about raising alpacas. You might even get a peek at some other farm animals like Newark our cow, Duke our Great Pyrenees dog, or our chickens and guineas.

The Farm Store will be open, stocked with alpaca products for you! Start your holiday shopping while you are here. There are alpaca fleece socks, hats, gloves and more!

Open Farm Day is for all ages! Make sure you have your camera ready for some great photos with the alpacas. Stop by anytime on Saturday, November 10 between 10 am and 3 pm!

Join us for Fallpacapalooza!

 

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 .

October 8, 2018

Fun Fall Saturday at Open Farm Day

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October 1, 2018

Fall for Alpacas at Windrush Alpacas

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Fall is a perfect time to visit Windrush Alpacas. Our alpacas enjoy the cooler temps just like us! And they love to have visitors too! You’ll fall for alpacas when you visit with Cinnamon, Espresso, Biscotti and all our herd on Open Farm Day, Saturday, October 13, 2018.

During your visit, you can tour the farm with owners Rosemary and Ric. They will answer your questions about raising alpacas and let you get close and personal with some of the herd. You can even see our newest addition at the farm, Newark, a 15-year-old Jersey cow.

A visit to Windrush Alpaca is not complete without stopping in at our Farm Store. It’s time to start stocking up on super warm alpaca socks and slippers, hats and gloves, scarves and shawls. We even have beautiful stuffed animals for young and old alike!! Make sure you stop by for refreshments too!

Do you wish you had an alpaca of your own? You can have a very special alpaca to visit whenever the farm is open if you become an Adopt-A-Paca© member. You’ll get an official certificate, a picture of your alpaca and occasional letters from them too! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Paca© program when you visit.

Open Farm Day is for all ages! Fun activities keep everyone busy on Open Farm Day! There is always something new to learn and see at the farm, so if you’ve been here before, please come again – and bring a friend! Stop by anytime on Saturday, October 13 between 10 am and 3 pm!  Light refreshments will be served!

It’s always free admission and free parking. 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 27, 2018

Open Farm Day is Back!

Open Farm Day at Windrush AlpacasAfter a long, hot summer without our regular visitors, we are excited to open our gates again for Open Farm Day! Join us on Saturday, September 8, 2018 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 farmers.

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 8 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 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.

June 4, 2018

Open Farm Day! Last Until September

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May 7, 2018

Mother’s Day is Special at Windrush Alpacas

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