Category: Alpacas

A Small Footprint on the Earth, A Big Impression on Farmers: How These 8 Farms Are Raising Alpacas Sustainably

alpaca, photo by Paige Green

The benefits of raising alpaca go beyond their provision of fiber. Alpacas are naturally gentle creatures, generating a minimal environmental footprint that enables alpaca farmers to integrate the herd into ecological restoration plans. Along the way, alpaca farmers also find meaningful connections with the animals, the land, and a close-knit community of avid alpaca lovers.  […]

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Heavenly Soft Yarn at Valhalla Farms

Written by Amanda Fisk & Photographed by Paige Green Developing High-Quality Fibers from Alpaca Fleece Signe Ostby, the owner of Valhalla Yarns and Valhalla Farms, began knitting as a child. After many years of perfecting her personal knitting skills, she began searching for a high-quality yarn perfect for knit projects. She wanted a yarn that […]

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Small is Mighty at Macedo’s Mini Acre

Written & Photographed by Koa Kalish Macedo Family Embrace A New Sustainable Way of Life Four generations ago, two families immigrated from far away lands to settle in a small town in the Central Valley of California. In this town called Turlock, Larry and Maureen Macedo now continue the tradition of their ancestors: Larry’s from […]

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Fibershed Knitalong Wrap-Up

This is the second blog featuring the Fibershed Knitalong, a collaborative endeavor to support us all growing closer to the land that shelters us. If you missed the first blog, read about the project and the ‘Roundtable’ of knitters who joined in to kick off this community effort. Here, we checked in with Fibershed members and supporters to reflect on […]

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A Merry Menagerie

Written by Terra Christian and photographed by Alycia Lang Alpacas’ Personalities Bring Joy to Farm Tucked in the golden, rolling hills just north of Vacaville, California, Menagerie Hill Ranch is a small, family-run alpaca ranch .  Deb Galway and Kirk Howard, the owners and operators, started keeping animals with just a few sheep to keep […]

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Eye of the Stockwoman

Written by Traci Prendergast and photographed by Alycia Lang Utilizing the Power of Observation to Tend to Livestock As I park at Spring Coyote Ranch, the first thing that comes into perspective is the sweeping view of Tomales Bay. In between the water and myself is Kelli and Ken Dunaj’s home. From the outside, it […]

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