Like most alpaca breeders, we started out with a small herd and kept our careers going at the same time. Then, in 2006, Steven (pictured above) retired as a vice-president in the insurance industry and became a full-time “alpaca farmer”. He is happier than he has ever been. I can’t get him back into a suit and tie. He prefers his work clothes. So if you see a mangy looking farmer around town, it is probably Steven!
We moved in 2007 to a larger farm with 15 acres of pasture which is our present location on Port Gamble Road. Our herd is a great investment, both for the joy they give us and for the animals we breed and sell. They also double as great “lawn mowers” and produce great alpaca “beans” which make incredible fertilizer. We also sell our alpaca beans which are very popular with gardeners.
Our first alpaca herd included “Maynard”, our guard llama, who was Mr. Personality. He was the first one to greet our visitors and to shower them with llama “kisses”. He especially liked the children and also, the ladies with perfume. The more expensive the perfume, the more entranced he became! If you had tuna fish for lunch, he liked you even better! Much to our dismay, Maynard has passed away.
Our new guard llamas are Kilmer & April. In 2019 we rescued a starving llama named “Dolly Llama” and her young son “Valentine” (he was born on Valentine’s Day). We renamed him “Kilmer” (many of you may remember the actor Val Kilmer). On April 1, 2019, Dolly Llama gave birth to a female llama we named “April”.
We love the farm life and sharing our llamas, alpacas, chickens, guard dogs and cats with everyone. We invite you to come and visit us!