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Welcome to the Herd, Lady Liberty

On July 2nd, our Mattie Mae gave birth to her first cria, a female. We named the new little one Lady Liberty, given the proximity of her birth to our nation’s birthday. Libbie weighed in at a healthy 13 pounds. She was a great nurser and mom made lots of good rich milk. Libbie has […]

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Release the Fleece – Shearing Day 2014

Step away from the fleece. Please, release the fleece! Once again, another year has come and gone; shearing day arrived and is done! Andersons and Deardens hired professional shearers, Lacey and Asa, to release the fleece! Between the Andersons and Deardons, we had about 24 animals shorn (give or take). The gals, with the help […]

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I Knit, Therefore I Am

I am a lifelong crocheter and recently tried knitting. Again. There were several starts and stops over the years. My mother tried to teach me as a child. God love her, but, I didn’t catch on. Our lessons ended in tears. A dear colleague handed me a ball of yarn and some needles with 20 […]

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What a Wonderful Season at the Market

We are so pleased to be associated with the good folks at the West End Farmers Market. We have been blessed to have the best customers in the world! We have grown quite attached to you! And we have enjoyed working with so many kind, friendly, and hard-working fellow-vendors. On the eve of the last […]

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Welcome to the World, Mr. Darcy!

Willow, our dark brown, award-winning huacaya dam, gave birth to a healthy male cria on Tuesday, October 15th at around 1 pm. He is a handsome bay-black weighing in at 14 pounds. He was up and nursing with the hour after birth. He is a friendly little boy. We are unabashedly naming our extremely handsome […]

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In the Misty at the Market

We are enjoying Saturdays at the Farmers Market. This autumn season has been beautiful. Sunny all Saturdays until today. Today was misty.  And it was a beautiful Misty. Bob raised the tent and we created a “wall” using a tarp. We narrowed the display to shelter our alpaca products from the moisture.  And all was […]

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End of Summer Farm News

Our newest cria, Amelia, is growing fast. She was born in May to Priscilla and is already almost ready to wean. Her fleece is silky and “drapey”. We are looking forward to showing her this fall.       Sissy, our cria from last fall, is growing fast too! Look at how big she is […]

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Look at What You Made!

The shawl pictured below was created by Susan B., the spinner, and Atlas, the Alpaca! Susan obtained the fleece from us, last year, at the State Fair. She visited us at the Powhatan Festival of Fiber, last month, and shared her beautiful creation with us! Susan took Atlas’ fleece, hand spun it, hand dyed it, and knit […]

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Welcome to Ice Boy & Gabriel

Two members of the Andersons’ Alpaca herd have live at their original farm since birth. We have agisted Ice Boy and Gabriel at New Trails Alpacas while we prepared the farm in Sandy Hook, Goochland to accommodate two more herdsires. Last month, we were able to bring the big boys home to join the rest […]

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From a Stormy Start to One in a Million

For four or so weeks, we observed Stormy nurse his mom and gain weight. Sometimes, he could hold his head up and walk like a normal alpaca. Other times, he looked like he suffered from “heavy head syndrome”, which is not a real malady, but it gives a good visual for how he comported himself […]

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