Cultivator in winter

A Royal Alpaca Experience

We established our alpaca farm, Oak Hills Alpacas, in 2009 and since that time it has been a pleasure to see how alpacas and the farm lifestyle weave themselves into some of our family’s greatest and most memorable experiences.  A weekend at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario was yet another alpaca adventure for us all.  From the Royal York to the Rodeo, our family took our alpaca adventure to the city in style.  More than an adventure though, the “Royal” demonstrated that there is alpaca interest, and an alpaca customer base, in even the most urban settings.  … [Read more...]

Being Part of the Equation

Hi, I am Ruby and I am 12.  Our family owns a farm, an alpaca farm. See I don’t just live on a farm I am a part of it, a BIG part of it. My mom grew up being a part of her family’s business:  selling trailers.  She helped at trailer shows and even helped selling one. She was a big part of their business, and that’s what my mom wants it to be like for me and my sister. … [Read more...]

Lessons From Rehab

“But I hate bats!  I just can’t do it,” I exclaimed. At that point in my job interview, I was sure the job was not for me and that the woman conducting the interview would never hire me as a wildlife intern.  I was wrong.  She did.  And it turns out I was wrong about bats too.  That remarkable woman’s decision to hire me over 20 years ago was my good fortune and provided lessons that would last a lifetime.  … [Read more...]

What It All Means to Kids

Alpacas mean different things to different people.  To kids … alpacas mean a lifetime of learning, adventure, and development opportunities. Opportunities for kids unfold everyday at the barn, in the show ring and throughout their community.  Seize each opportunity and watch your kids grow.  The barn is a playground, class room, science lab, workshop and career centre. … [Read more...]

What’s the Draw?

I had always imagined farming to be a very solitary, quiet pursuit.  I envisioned the cliché of “a farmer, out-standing in his field.”  The solitude.  The tranquility.  A bit isolating actually. But there is just something about alpacas that draws people near, draws them to the end of your driveway, to your website.  It draws them to try alpaca farming themselves.  So what’s the draw?  And who do they draw in?  Let me tell you what we’ve experienced. … [Read more...]

Achieving Balance by Completely Tipping the Scales

Life’s mad dash had gripped our home.  We were another of those busy families.  Children, husband and wife both working.  Life was busy.  We had just built a home in the country with the intention to “settle down” but we never took time to enjoy it. What was the answer?  Time management techniques?  Technology solutions?  We needed to find that elusive balance that all busy families are looking for.  Our family found balance by completely tipping the scales and becoming farmers.  Alpaca farmers.  A busy family just got busier ... and dirtier ... and happier.  Imagine that! … [Read more...]

Waste Not, Want Not

Where do you get your inspiration from? I’m inspired by many things.  Most folks who spend as much time in nature as alpaca farmers do find their inspiration there.  Profit is a strong inspiration for me every day on the farm.  I am always looking for ways our alpacas can support themselves and make us money. … [Read more...]

Farm Visits That Say “Welcome”

My family have been alpaca farmers for a short two years now.  There are days it seems like years that we have been enjoying the antics of the herd in our backyard.  But we have never forgotten what it felt like to see these animals for the first time as we visited farms. … [Read more...]

Barn Raising

“I want to move in myself!” The words rang in our ears like a sweet tune.  Our veterinarian’s glowing review as he entered our new barn for the first time and gazed out over the pastures was the greatest compliment we could receive. … [Read more...]

The Great Alpaca Tour …an adventure that founded a farm

Poised to enter the gates of Marine Land, Niagara Falls, our 9-year old daughter pleaded “let’s just skip it and find another alpaca farm.” That’s when we knew the Great Alpaca Tour had begun. What we didn’t know was that our visit to 7 farms would change our path for years to come. … [Read more...]