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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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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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Welcome to the herd, Amelia!!!

Sometime, at approximately 9:00 a.m., a healthy light fawn female cria weighing 19 pounds was born to Priscilla. The cria is named Amelia, after our daughter, Emily, who turned 16 yesterday; and after Amelia County, the home of five generations of Andersons since the 1880’s. Amelia weighed in at 19 pounds. She was born in […]

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The First Annual Powhatan Festival of Fiber

Join Andersons Alpacas of Virginia and dozens of other Fiber Farmers and Artists as we celebrate the fiber producers and fiber artisans of the county and the surrounding region.  We are bringing two of our Suri alpacas. We expect to bring Wolfberry, our very friendly Peruvian dam (pictured above kissing her cria, Sissy, through the […]

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Release the Fleece: Shearing Day 2013

It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by and it is time to shear, again! Once again the Andersons and Deardens have hired Darren Kennedy and his trusty assistant, Kevin, to release the fleece! Between the Andersons and Deardons, we had about 20 animals shorn (give or take). Ed Fincher of Suri Downs […]

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Signs of Spring

The spring season Fiber Festivals are fast approaching! Shearing day is booked! Several dams are due to deliver their cria! Grass management planning and activities are underway. Our fiber has been transformed! We skirted the raw fleece and sent it to a local mill for processing. After a patient wait, that raw fleece has been […]

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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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