A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

October 18, 2017

Unexpected Treasures

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Sometimes we can try so hard to make things happen, yet our plans don’t work out as expected. Then at other times we discover acts of serendipity, when things just happen without any effort on our part.

Our gardening efforts at the farm have been historically hit and miss. A shortage of water on the farm, dry desert heat and drying winds, lack of time to dedicate to care of the plants, and a distinct lack of green fingers on my part have meant that any crop production has been low.

So imagine my surprise when I recently discovered a bumper crop of pumpkins and sunflowers in the area where we compost the alpaca poop! I’ve tried for years to grow sunflowers on the farm but experienced total failure, pumpkins had never really crossed my mind as I knew that they needed quite a bit of water. Yet here they were happily growing side by side, and in the case of the pumpkins very happily growing.

So had did this bounty happen? Well every fall we ask people to bring us their leftover pumpkins to feed to the alpacas. We feed the pumpkins to the alpacas and the alpacas are very happy. Every day we feed black oil sunflower seeds to the alpacas and the alpacas enjoy eating the seeds. As part of the feeding process some of the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are left on the ground and get raked up when we are raking up the poop piles and off they go to the compost area. In addition to this process last year we had a whole bag of sunflower seeds that got moisture in the bag and molded, so off they went to the compost pile as well.

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The seeds have been sitting there for a while, the alpaca poop has been breaking down into what alpaca breeders like to refer to as black gold, then this year we have been blessed with some rain and poof! Low and behold our bountiful crop appeared!

How cool is that! That Mother Nature did her own thing and created a much better result than all my efforts could produce!

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The pumpkins are about ready to harvest. To start with we will use some to decorate the farm. Once their decoration duties are done we will use some of them to feed to the alpacas, llamas, chickens and guineas. Some of the pumpkins appear to be sugar pumpkins so will be cooked and used for pumpkin pies and cookies, with some cooked pumpkin being reserved in case we need it for a sick animal (pumpkin is an excellent soother of the digestive tract). I was hoping to be able to harvest some sunflower seeds from our sunflowers but our horses Savannah and Saber decided to eat the heads off most of the sunflowers. No wonder their coats are looking so glossy! Hopefully they will leave me at least a few sunflower heads to harvest for next year.

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So where do we go from here. Well my plan for next year, provided we have a chance of rain, is to take a random assortment of vegetable seeds, toss them on the alpaca compost area and let them grow if they wish to. Why toil for vegetables when they apparently do better without me? (Although I probably should consider a horse fence!).

Until next time,

Rosemary

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October 9, 2017

Plan a Fall Visit to Windrush Alpacas

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October 2, 2017

Welcome Autumn with a Visit to Windrush Alpacas

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Pumpkins may take the stage in October, but at Windrush Alpacas we have Cinnamon, Espresso and Biscotti to get you thinking of all things autumn. They are just three of our friendly herd of alpacas waiting for you to visit with them on Open Farm Day!

Spend time with all our alpacas at Open Farm Day, Saturday, October 14, 2017. The alpacas love your attention! We’ll give you a tour of the farm, answer your questions about raising alpacas, and let you get close and personal with some of the herd.

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 cozy pet beds for your dogs and toys for your cats! 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! Informative tours and 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 14 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 .

March 6, 2017

Spring into Action at Windrush Alpacas

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December 5, 2016

Holidays are Fun at Windrush Alpacas Open Farm Day!

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November 28, 2016

The Holiday Season is Extra Special at Windrush Alpacas

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The Holiday Season is Extra Special at Windrush Alpacas

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The holiday season is about spending time with those you love! And we know you LOVE Windrush Alpacas! And our alpacas love you too!

Join us for our very special December Open Farm Day on Saturday, December 10. Our alpaca herd will be looking for you from 10 am to 3 pm in hopes of making holiday memories with you.

While you are visiting, you can tour our working alpaca farm, learn why we raise alpacas and what we do with the fleece that we shear off our alpacas each spring. You can interact with and feed the alpacas – even learn their names! Each one is very special to us!

We make holiday shopping easy too! Our Farm Store is stocked with gifts for everyone on your list. Alpaca fleece gloves and hats, scarves and shawls, unique toys for kids and even some for your dogs and cats! Just think of how surprised your friends and relatives will be when they open a soft and warm gift made from alpaca fiber.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served at the Farm Store.

 

By the way, the Farm Store will also be open December 3 & 17, in case you can’t make it to Open Farm Day. Hours are 10-3.

 

Another unique gift idea is to enroll your friends in our Adopt-A-Paca© program. Your gift recipient can have a very special alpaca to visit if they visit the farm! But even if they can’t, they will get an official certificate, a picture of their alpaca and occasional letters from them too! You can choose which alpaca to adopt for them. And why not adopt one for yourself as well?

Create special holiday memories by attending 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! Stop by anytime on Saturday, December 10 between 10 am and 3 pm!  Be ready for plenty of picture taking too!

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 .

November 6, 2016

Visit Windrush Alpacas for Open Farm Day – This Saturday!

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September 28, 2015

“Fall” in Love with an Alpaca this October

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The cooler fall temperatures make us think of all things warm and cuddly. There is nothing warmer or softer than a Windrush Alpaca!

Fall in love with one of our alpacas at Open Farm Day, October 10, 2015. The alpacas love attention and we enjoy showing off the alpacas on our farm. We’ll give you a tour, answer your questions, and let you get close and personal with Inca, Contessa, Dream or any of our other beautiful alpacas.

You can even adopt one of them! You can have a very special alpaca to visit whenever the farm is open. 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.

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 cozy pet beds for your dogs and toys for your cats! Make sure you stop by!

Open Farm Day is for all ages! Informative tours and 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 10 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 .

September 7, 2015

Visit the Alpacas on Open Farm Day

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April 6, 2015

April Open Farm Day!

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