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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Another Snow Day

Sunday, February 09, 2014

We woke up this morning to a lovely blanket of white all over the farm. It snowed about 2 inches during the night just enough to create a winter wonderland. Of course, being the Pacific Northwest it won't last for long. The alpacas went out into the pasture to enjoy the snowy landscape.

 

Aster (on the left) is jumping with delight in the new snow.

 

 

 The girls look for grass buried in the snow.

 

TWO UPCOMING EVENTS!  Valentine's Day is this Friday. Soft and warm alpaca gloves, scarves, hats and accessories make memorable Valentine gifts. Give us a call or send an email and we'll help you find the perfect gift.

And, Mystery Weekend in Langley is February 22-23. This is a classic event. Amateur sleuths come from all over the region to figure out who did the "Deadly Deed". All of Langley gets into the act with locals playing the mystery's characters and giving out clues. And when you're not sleuthing you can drop by the farm and visit with our friendly alpacas.

Snow Day!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Finally, winter has come... on the 3rd day of spring.  Well it's Northwest weather. Why would we be surprised? Here the alpacas are spending the morning exploring the snow covered pasture. Freya and Loki were pronking joyfully through their first snow.  By noon it will be gone...so enjoy!

 

It's been a busy March. The first week we had a delightful time sharing our alpaca life with the Seattle Knitter's Guild. Gretchen presented pictures of alpacas, facts about their heritage, stories about their charming personalities and talked about the wonderful qualities of their fleece and yarn. We're looking forward to welcoming all of them to the farm this summer.

 

Mid-March we hosted another group of 3rd graders from the Bright Water Waldorf school in Seattle. Enthusiasm for meeting and working with the alpacas was not dampened by the rainy weather. The spinning and weaving activities were held in the warmth of the yurt. Here are pictures of the students weaving and spinning. If we get more pictures of the outdoor activities from parents who joined us for the day, I'll post them on our blog. We were delighted to hear this is their favorite field trip of the year. Our wonderful volunteers certainly enjoyed working with the students.

 

 

First Snowy Evening of the Year

Monday, January 16, 2012

The sky darkened, the temperature dropped and a soft snow settled over the farm. The critters took refuge in the barn and all was quiet for the night.

 

But the next morning the boys were pronking and chasing each other in the snow. This being her first winter, Asa took a good roll in the white stuff and was covered with snow.  For us it means hauling warm water to the troughs and breaking the ice on top so they can have a drink. It's been staying at just about freezing during the day so the snow is still with us for a second day. The trees are still covered and the road icy.  And they are predicting more for tomorrow.

Click on the gallery to see more of alpacas in the snow!

 

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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