Ideuma Creek - About Our Farm
"I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. " - Henry David Thoreau
Just born in the summer 2009, Sonia is the first full Accoyo female Invasion cria born here at our farm. And, boy-oh-boy, is she nice! Sonia has exceptionally long staple length, very soft, fine fiber and a very typey, stout conformation with coverage to die for. Her genetics include Invasion, Royal Avenger, Royal Fawn, Felix and Victor. She's a powerhouse of Accoyo genetics.
We are trying to make space in the barn for our 2010 cria so we have her priced to sell at just $9500. Sonia is the best alpaca investment we've seen in today's market!
The 140 acres that we live on has been continually farmed for well over the last 150 years. Having always been worked as a dairy farm, there is a rich history living in the fields, meadows, and woodlands that surround our house. Owning a farm ourselves while also having careers, we are both very busy. Still we often make time to hike through the woods of the land we love. Sometimes we'll find an old horseshoe or admire a stone wall more than a century old and be reminded of the hard work and dedication that has gone into making this land a working farm. We are proud to add another chapter to our land's history of being a farm.
We started with just 20 acres of prime pasture, orchards and woods. After several years of working two jobs to save enough money, we were able to nestle our deram house way up and away form the road, across Ideuma Creek and into the middle of our land. We would later learn about alpacas and find that the land we had fallen in love with and the place we had situated our house was the perfect start for our alpacas.
Years later we were lucky enough to purchase the surrounding 120 acres of beautiful land enveloping our farm. Gorgeous meadows, woodlots and nearly 30 acres of hay fields became part of Ideuma Creek Alpacas
Having lived here for nearly two decades, John and I are in love with this land. We care for it and protect it like we do our alpacas. We enjoy living in the middle of nature with white-tailed deer, turkey and numberous song birds calling our farm home. Watching so much farmland in our area being broken apart and sold as building lots breaks our hearts. We intend to ensure that long after we are no longer here and perhaps alpacas no longer spot our fields, that our land will remain an undeveloped natural sanctuary for wildlife.
Farm Set Up
More than 13 years ago, we started with just one pole barn. John had never tackled any kind of project this big, but we just didn't have the finances to pay someone to build our barn. It became John's "summer project" that turned into a fall project that he continues to work on even now! He has designed and organized the barn so we can easily divide animals into separate groups or make an individual stall for a mom and her new born cria if needed.
We now use this original barn for our girls. It is close to the house, big, open, and there is access to many of our best pastures from it. We've also added a beautiful boy barn behind our house. this barn houses the herdsires, the weanling boys, and perhaps a group of plesantly plump bred girls that need a "Jenny Craig" pen during the winter.
We've also added an addition onto the original barn and two quarantine sheds, one whose opposite side stores hay and sawdust.
John is also responsible for putting up all of our fencing. He has broken up the pastures into relatively small areas so we can control grazing (and thus minimize me mowing them!) and provide good pasture management for our land. We started wiht just one pasture. We now have 13! Our alpacas enjoy the best quality hay in addition to having more pasture than they need. We are glad that we can give our alpacas too much space. They have lots of room to move and explore.
Our farm, our land, and our alpacas define who we are. We put all of ourselves into caring for and protecting what is most valuable to our hearts.
Alpaca Products Made from Nearby Co-ops
Check out the products we offer for sale made from an alpaca fiber co-op we support. All grown & made right here in the USA!