Plans are underway with preparing the farm for winter.
I'm sure you're doing the same already for your home, collecting the last of the harvest from the garden, pruning plants that are past blooming and preparing the lawn for its dormant season. We are too, and also making plans to put the alpacas in their winter pen. We do that by fencing off the pasture so it has a chance to rest for the winter.
But before we do that, we wanted to move the alpacas' outdoor shelter.
It is 12' wide, 10' high, and 24' long, and we set it up last year.
It took some time to assemble with its many pieces, parts, and hardware.
But we made one error.
When we assembled it, we decided not to secure it to the ground knowing we would do it another day. As luck would have it, the very next day, a strong wind blew the shelter off its feet, tumbling it over the fence and inside the paddock.
We didn't want the shelter inside the paddock, but we didn't want to disassemble the frame and start over, so there it stayed.....for almost a year.
Now with our minds set on preparing for winter, we took the time and moved the shelter back to the original location and are happy we did it.
Though it took us most of the day to move the shelter, click on the video below to watch us complete the task in 3 minutes
Farm tours on hiatus
It's exciting to see the calendar filled up quickly with farm tours this fall, and if you already have a visit scheduled with us - awesome! -- we're looking forward to seeing you!
So, between scheduled visits and needing to dedicate time to winterizing the farm, the self-scheduling calendar on our website is on hiatus.
The schedule will be opened again soon, and you'll be the first to know.
In the meantime, if you're in need of alpaca products for those on your gift list or for yourself, visit our website or find us at one of the upcoming events.
We're out and about and can be found at these upcoming events for a wide selection of alpaca scarves, socks, hats, dryer balls, pet toys, yarn, and more!
Hampton Falls Farmer's Market
Hampton Falls Common
1 Lincoln Avenue, Kingston NH
Wednesday, October 5
2:00 - 6:00 pm
Seacoast Harley Market
Seacoast Harley Davidson
17 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, NH
Sunday, October 9
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Granite State Alpacas
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