Wow, what a great month we had in July for new members!
Please join us in giving a hearty welcome to these newly listed
farms. Here are some quick highlights from their
Chantilly Ridge Alpacas
Port Orange, Florida
We are a family run full service Alpaca Farm (meaning we do
all the work), located in beautiful Port Orange, FL.
Come and help out on the farm, feed and play with the
Alpacas, chickens, bunnies. Relax by a beautiful pool (get a
wonderful massage, optional ) or visit the many interesting places
Daytona Beach and surrounding areas have to offer.
Pholia Farm Goat Cheese
Rogue River, Oregon
Go glamping in a charming, refurbished 1970 Airstream Land
Yacht in a private setting on a real goat cheese farm. Participate
in milking and farm chores if you like, feed baby goats in the
spring, or hike our forest trails. The farm is completely off the
power grid and nestled on 24 acres of forest and farmland. It is
family run, sustainable, and organically managed.
Sweet Retreat Guesthouse and
The guesthouse is perfect for short or extended vacations.
To get you started, we stock the guesthouse with ample breakfast
fixings for your first morning meal. We invite you to help yourself
to fresh veggies from our lush garden in summer, and to
complimentary maple syrup from our sugarhouse year round throughout
Harvest Village, an organic, centennial farm features
natural meat products from grass fed cattle and sheep; pastured
heritage pigs; free range heritage turkeys; and free range chicken
Beautiful and private historic farm in southern Maine. I
raise English Shire horses, Nubian and Nigerian goats, chickens,
and pigs. Delicious Chevre cheese and luxurious goat milk soap are
products from my goats. Almost everything I serve is from the
garden or from my animals. The animals are all treated humanely and
they live happily and freely on the farm.
West Simsbury, Connecticut
Over the past 30 years, driven by Nevin Christensen's
Eco-environmental vision, Flamig Farm has grown from a small egg,
organic vegetable, and strawberry operation to a richly varied,
education and entertainment, farm complex and petting zoo.
West Kill, New York
Set in a high mountain valley, in the heart of the Catskill
Region, Newton Farm Collective is a small market garden organic
farm on 50 acres of rolling pasture and woodland.The farm dates
back to the 1840's and retains all of its charm and curiosity, the
setting is truly tranquil and peaceful.
Though alpacas don't have a long history
in the United States, according to Brian Leach, who directs
Sunset Hills Farm Alpacas, alpaca farmers are a tightly knit --
and quickly growing -- community. There is a lot of enthusiasm and
energy surrounding alpacas, and to many of the people who dedicate
their time to raising them, alpacas are not just a business but
also a hobby and a passion. As Brian Leach explains, alpacas are an
eco-friendly choice of livestock, since they clip the turf like a
lawnmower, providing gentle pasture management. Alpaca fleece is also hypo-allergenic and
extraordinarily soft, and alpacas tend to have sweet personalities
and gentle dispositions.
Sunset Hills Farm sits on 47 rolling acres in
Western Pennsylvania, 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh, and a few
hours south of Lake Erie and Niagara Falls. With a herd of 100
Accoyo and Peruvian alpacas, by U.S. standards Sunset
Hills is considered a large alpaca farm. The farm was founded in
1997 by Dr. David and Laurye Feller, who take tremendous pride in
their award-winning alpaca herd. As Mr. Leach tells
me, "We're a farm that produces champions; real stars have a
permanent home here."
Sunset Hills Farm has become more diverse and
dynamic as it has grown - beyond specializing in breeding and
selling champion alpacas, the farm also offers an
onsite alpaca boutique called Alpaca de Moda, a
B&B with two distinct properties, the Sunrise and the Stargazer, and property rentals for
special events, including weddings. At Alpaca de Moda, the farm sells its own
luxurious, multi-award winning alpaca yarn and locally hand-knit
sweaters, hats, and gloves plus imported alpaca garments.
All kinds of guests come for the B&B. Some are interested in
raising alpacas themselves (and some will be
by the time they leave!), while others are traditional vacationers
simply looking for a nice place to stay while they enjoy the golf
courses, festivals, hiking, biking, orchards, and farmers markets
of the surrounding area. For those interested in raising alpacas,
guests have the option of shadowing the farm manager, and helping
with chores that may include feedings, grooming, and shearing the
alpacas. Guests are also welcome to collect eggs from the farm's
small flock of a dozen chickens.
Guests choose between two properties, the Sunrise, a traditional three-bedroom, two
bath log cabin, or the Stargazer, a two-story, two-bedroom, two
bath apartment built into the alpaca barn. Rates for the B&B
start at $99/night. Brian stresses the Stargazer's unique appeal: from the
inside, it looks like country cottage while from the outside it's
an old-fashioned barn. The Stargazer's windows also look directly
out onto the alpaca habitat, and toward the surrounding hills and
valleys. The Stargazer close in winter, while the Sunset is
available for year round stays. Delicious breakfast options might
include a frittata or quiche, including ingredients from the
garden, or fresh baked goods from local bakeries or the farm
For more information about Sunset Hills Farm, including contact information, check out the listings
for the Stargazer and the Sunrise on Farm Stay U.S.
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