The Power of the Pen

With the simple act of signing our names on the dotted line Cobb Hill Alpacas has a new home. Several weeks ago we purchased a larger farm in Wytheville, Virignia which is just a few miles from our current farm.  As we transition to our new home we will continue to offer farm visits to see our beautiful alpacas and operate at the local farmer’s markets this summer.   



Where did the summer go…

With the Labor Day holiday now just a memory, I wonder where has the summer gone. Looking back I realize just how much has happen in just a few short months. Since May, four crias have been born on the farm; one male Forrest and three females Echo, Anne and Scarlett. They have grown so much since May, Forrest who was born on May 21st now weighs in at 70 pounds while Scarlett our little girl is nearly 40 pounds each tripling their birth weight over the summer.

In July, we began selling at both the Rural Retreat and Independence farmer’s markets. Additionally, we completed the construction of our farm store and now operate it daily from 4-8 pm. Inside you can see Kim’s complete line of handmade alpaca hats, scarves, gloves and other unique items.  Tom has also stocked the shelves with some of his local honey, wooden bowls, and custom triangle weaving looms.

In August, we hosted a number of farm visits and put up nearly 200 bales of hay in preparation for the coming winter.  Mary Todd returned to our farm after a short vacation to Dreamland Alpacas.  As we anticipate the arrival of this years fifth cria in October,  Ms. Libby really began to show signs of her pregnancy in both size and demeanor.

With September’s arrival, we have begun weaning our cria, continued harvesting the last of this years honey flow and monitor our bees health as their winter begins much earlier.



Last Supper


With the sun slowly setting to the west the Pacas are enjoying a good meal in a newly opened pasture. They are scheduled to get a haircut and pedicure tomorrow if anyone would like to help give us a call.

New to the farm.


Two new Buckeye heritage hens were added to our free pastured flock this morning thanks to Willow Spring Farm, here in Rural Retreat. We are looking forward seeing them roam the pastures with the alpacas in a few days after they get settled into their New coop.

Four years and the morning Buffet

With the completion of this mornings breakfast buffet, Kim and I begin our fourth year as Alpaca farmers. While it has not always been easy, we have enjoyed every minute of it. This year promises to be very exciting for us as we hope to have 6 new crias born on our farm beginning in May, expand our farmers market venue and participate in several new festivals. We would like to thank the many people who have helped and guided us along the way specifically; Mr. C, Bobby, Sally & Ferd, Scott & Linda, David & Debbie and Wendy.


Rural Retreat Depot Christmas Bazaar


Despite the unfavorable weather this morning it was a great day at the depot  bazaar.  Our thanks to the many shoppers supporting all the wonderful local vendors and the depot. If your out and about this weekend feel free to stop by this weekend to pick up a few more  Christmas gifts.