Longwoods Alpaca Farm is a small family farm located in Cumberland, Maine, just 15 minutes north of Portland. We are dedicated to breeding genetically sound alpacas which will produce fabulous fiber for commercial processing as well as the cottage fiber industry.
Are you looking to start or add to your herd? Are you looking for breedstock? Do you want non-breeders for a fiber herd? Or do you simply want a small herd of pasture pets? We enjoy working with buyers to find exactly the right alpacas for their herd, and will follow up with extensive support, especially for new owners, in navigating the learning curve of animal husbandry, pasture management, and "the bottom line".
In addition, Pam is passionate about helping alpaca farmers get their fiber into profitable production, and we support the re-emerging US textile and fiber industry by putting 100% of our annual clip to work. Pam was certified as an alpaca fiber sorter in 2011, and has begun a 2 year apprenticeship for wool certification through Certified Sorted Systems (www.fibersorting.com). We send some of our fiber to local mini mills as well as the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool, but our best fiber is submitted to our national fiber co-operative, Natural Fiber Producers (www.NaturalFiberProducers.com). Commercial-mill production through NFP lowers costs to fiber producers and increases the quality and potential profits of a wider variety of products such as yarn, 8 styles of roving, blankets, socks, hats & scarves, gloves, and duvets (all available for sale here in Our Store).
The Huacaya females featured on these pages are the foundation of our herd. Their criasí forbears include such venerable studs as Poseidon, Altiplano Gold, Victor, and Hemingway. Our primary goal is to breed alpacas for dense fleeces with micron counts under 25, with as much as 97% under 30 microns. Sound conformation, gentle dispositions and easier handling using CAMELIDynamics will assure our clients, especially those new to the industry, that our alpacas are indeed the perfect addition to their herds.
Feel free to contact us if you have questions about getting started in the alpaca business or to schedule a farm visit to see an alpaca farm-in-progress.
You are also invited to stop by our booth at the Cumberland Farmers Market Associationís Winter Markets (www.cumberlandfarmersmarket.org) from November through February. Wednesdays 10 AM - 1 PM in Falmouth, in the greenhouse at Allen, Sterling & Lothrop, Route 1; and at the Midcoast Farmers Market, held on Fridays in Topsham at the Topsham Fairís exhibition hall from 1-6 pm.
Summer markets in Falmouth (noon-4 Wed), Freeport (1-5 Fri) and Cumberland (9-noon Sat) offer plenty of opportunities for you to browse our extensive variety of yarns, handknits and handwovens.
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