Fern Ridge Alpacas

Our Whidbey Island alpaca farm is located just 3 miles from the Mukilteo / Clinton Ferry landing.

Just 30 minutes north of Seattle, Whidbey Island is an easy getaway to enjoy the beauty of Puget Sound.

We're open most days
during the fall and winter  Monday thru Saturday. Sunday by appt only.
A quick call or email will assure that we are able to give you a proper farm tour. 206.510.0434

7343 Holst Road
Clinton, WA 98236

206.778.9619
info@FernRidgeAlpacas.com

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Happy New Year! and a look back at 2011

Gretchen Schlomann - Wednesday, December 28, 2011

As we head into 2012 our thoughts are full of gratitude for all of our farm visitors. We thoroughly enjoy sharing the alpacas and our farm life with others. And without the generous help of our volunteers we couldn't have had such a successful Whidbey Island Farm Tour event in early September.  Nearly 200 families came to the farm and enjoyed plenty of photo ops along with weaving, spinning and felting demos and educational displays.


We had 2 beautiful new cria this year. . .Kuro and Asa. They have delighted visitors with their soft fleece, adorable faces and curious natures. Much bigger than when this photo was taken...they will be preparing to wean from their mom's by mid February.

 

We had a surprise visit from 2 women on a 5,000 mile cycling trip. They spent the night on the farm and told us about their goal to raise money for an inner-city girl's school through their journey across the country. To follow their blog or make a donation to support their cause go to their website:  www.anothermileanotherstarfish.com

 

This year we also had visits by 2 classes of 3rd grade Waldorf students from Brightwater School in Seattle.  One group came in the spring and one in November.  Again, our fabulous volunteers made it both fun and educational for the students.


FiberQuests happened twice this year. We collaborate with other local fiber farms for this multi-day event. Fiber lovers from both the island and the mainland visit all the farms and have a chance to win a basket of fiber products. We'll be doing another FiberQuest in spring 2012. Watch for the notice and get in on a fun Whidbey Island fiber event.

4H and the Island County Fair was another highlight of our summer. We had 6 fabulous young people (ages 8 - 16)  work with some of our alpacas  and a llama on halter training and obstacle course work during the year. Their work culminates at the County Fair during a lively competition open to the public.  The Fair is a great community event and we get to chat with many of our friends as they come through the alpaca barn and enjoy the fair.

 

For the New Year . . . we've been working on an upgraded online store. Please click on Farm Store navigation button and take a look. Products are frequently changing and expanding so it's good to check back now and then to see what's new. Let me know how it works for you and let us know if there's something you'd like to see in the store.

Our family wishes you all a very Peaceful and Prosperous New Year!

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Electra's New Cria
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Gallery of Customer Projects
Becky's beautiful cabled scarf made yarn hand-dyed by local fiber artist, Heidi Jill PriceIncredibly beautiful cowl knitted by Denise from Demitrius' blue ribbon yarn!
Denise's Fingerless Gloves from Hermes YarnBecky's Scarf from Giovanni's Handspun Yarn

Summer Days on the Farm
4H handler learning to shear PippinBarn before the hay was in.
Girls relaxing in the sunny pasture250+ bales of hay fill the barn. Thanks to our invaluable helper.
Learning new skills from Kate, our 4H judge and training coach.4H handlers and their alpacas lined up and listening for directions

4H Spring Show
Successfully came through the tunnelKuro carefully walks through obstacles
A speed test winding through the polesThat top step was a little tippy
Dressed and ready for showing

Before and After Harvest
Felix in full fleece 2011Felix shorn - now we see why his yarn has that bittersweet chocolate color!

Waldorf School Visit
Up close with the alpaca girlsTrying new cat's cradle patterns
A lesson with the drop spindleMastering the art
First intro to the alpaca boysAsa is sniffing her new friend while Katie Rose watches closely
Getting a chance to lead a haltered alpacaFarm chores - cleaning up the paddock
Helping to harvest worm castingsAlpaca boys getting into the class photo
Two helpers filling water buckets

Alpaca Snow Day
Girls wondering if it's time to come in yetHeavy with snow the branches are the right height for munching
Snowy farm roadBoys chasing each other in the snow
Mom's running in the snow