Category: Farm Life

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Fall Open House set for November 12th and 13th

This Saturday (11am-5pm) and Sunday (12-5pm) we will be hosting an open house at our farm. Visitors can meet the alpacas, listen to live music on Saturday and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies. You can also meet some of our farmers market friends Donna and Tim from “Thirty Three Acre Farms” and Lisa and Randy from “Kai Mohair”.  Weather permitting Lisa will be spinning mohair into yarn. Collectively we will have a wide variety of local handmade products for sale, farm goods, local honey and eggs.2809

 
If you are looking for a farm wedding venue or perhaps a unique site to host a special event come by and meet Heather and Matt. They were our first couple to be married on the farm I’m sure they will be happy to share their experience with you.

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For more information please read the newspaper article at SWVA Today.


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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.   

  

  


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Becket and and his boys

IMAG1884With the fog quickly lifting and the sun’s warm golden rays peeking over the trees Becket and his new friends soak up the sun as their day begins this morning.

As for Kim and I, we are headed out to the Rural Retreat Farmer’s Market at the Depot for the last market of the season. If you are in the neighborhood feel free to stop by and say hello.


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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.

 


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New Hair Cuts for Everyone

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The girls seem to be enjoying the new hair styles and with temps in the 80’s tomorrow the timing couldn’t be better.


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Last Supper

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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.


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New to the farm.

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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.


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Just one more bite

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I now understand why my chicken feed bill has more than doubled in the last few months. After chasing Ms. Willow out of the coop and closing the door she still managed to stick her head through the chicken’s door to get another bite.


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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.

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A Christmas Feast for the Bees

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