About NancyHutchinson

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Nancy Hutchinson always dreamed of marrying a farmer. Little did she know that one day she would become the farmer. Being a city girl did not stop Nancy from loving the land and raising animals since 2000. She has raised alpacacs since 2002 and has not looked back. Her motto is "Once you go alpaca, you don't go backa!"

SALE-Ebration

It is that time of year again…where we have everything alpaca on Sale. Products are 25% OFF with some items on Clearance of 50% OFF
Socks are Buy 1 Pair, Get another 1/2 OFF.
Duvets are $80.00 Off on in stock supplies, Pillows are on sale $125.00 taxes in! Lots of great items still available.
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It is that time of year, where everything alpaca is on Sale. Save 25% up to 50% off alpaca products
Socks are Buy 1 Pair, Get another 1/2 OFF.
Duvets are $80.00 Off on in stock supplies, Pillows are on sale $125.00 taxes in!
Lots of great items still available.

Open Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm
We are always open by appointment.

ALPACA CRAPA…it is a good thing

Alpaca Crapa
No chemicals, All natural, the best manure for your gardens.
Alpaca manure is the best fertilizer for vegetable, flower gardens and even house plants. It’s lower in organic matter than manure from other farm animals, but still has enough to improve soil texture and water-holding capacity.
Alpaca manure can be added directly onto plants soil without burning the crop.

Organic Matter 70.8% * Nitrogen 1.49% * Phosphorus 0.23% * Potassium 1.65 * Calcium 0.91% * Magnesium 0.45% * Sodium 0.12%
Total Salts=2.54%

We do sell Alpaca Crap for those avid gardeners. Just give us a call to to arrange for pick up.  Prices vary depending on amount and if I have to handle it!

Using Composted Alpaca Manure In The Garden

Tribute To Hogan

One of the hardest part of pet owning, is knowing when to let go.  Hogan was a Maremma Guardian Livestock Dog. His job was to bond with the livestock and protect them against predators. Hogan and his team allowed me to sleep at night, they allowed me to leave the farm knowing my sheep and then alpacas were in good hands.

As Hogan got older, there was less expectation of his work, and his time to enjoy relaxing and receiving love. Hogan was not just a barn dog, he was a team player, and a family member. He knew all my secrets, as he never wagged his tongue, only his tail.

I love you Hogan, and I know the tears will be less one day! You were one awesome boy!

Difference between alpacas and llamas

What is the difference between Alpacas and Llamas?

Yes, alpacas and llamas come from the same family called the Camelid family.  They are basically cousins, but so different. We get a lot of questions at 1 Stop Alpaca Farm regarding the differences.  The diagram below gives the short version of how they differ from each other.

Some Llama owners will disagree with the “coarse fleece” as they use the llama hair to make wonderful products as well. Alpaca, historically, had their fibre reserved for royalty. Llamas were widely used as a meat and pack animal by Andean cultures since pre-Hispanic times. Both alpacas and llamas are social animals and need to be apart of a herd. Alpacas especially can get very stressed out if left by themselves. It is best to have 3 alpacas and not just one. 

this is a table that shows the difference between alpacas and llamasBoth alpacas and llamas can spit, they do spit.  Alpacas usually spit at each other in order to display social ranking in the herd. If feeling threatened or cornered, they will protect themselves by spitting. Llamas too spit for social ranking within the herd. They also spit when they are protecting their territory. Most people who get spat at is because they have over stepped their boundaries and came too close to the area where the llama is protecting. They do give fair warning, so if you see ears pinned back and pursed lips, stop or get spat at. Spit happens, we say on the farm.

a chart that explains how the camelid family as decended from their ancestors.This was a chart I found explaining the “family tree”.

a table that shows the family tree of camelids

Now you know the difference between alpacas and llamas. Personally, I enjoy my alpacas and they are nicer and gentler to deal with, but then again, I am biased.  Thanks for reading.

“Once you go alpaca, you don’t go backa”

Core Spinning Workshop March 28th, 2015

Core Spinning WorkShop

Saturday March 28th, 2015

10am-3pm

At 1 Stop Alpaca Farm

Class size limited

In core-spinning, you wrap your fiber around a pre-spun core so you don’t lose any of your precious gold.  And all fiber is precious gold in it’s own way. Core spinning is one of those fun novelty yarns. For core spinning, you need a core — cotton crochet yarn is terrific — and fiber. Batts are wonderful, roving and combed top work too. Variety in the batt content gives a terrific result, as the direction of the fibers really brings out shine. Previous Spinning experience necessary.

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Core Spinning Workshop

 

For more information, contact Nancy at info@1stopalpacafarm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RaiseTheBarn Update

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It has been a long year since the barn collapsed December 26th, 2013. The love and support we have received by everyone has been deeply appreciated and kept me strong to move forward.  At the moment we had have work group parties during the summer months. Many people came out in the hot weather to help with the continuous clean up. Thank you Everyone.                       November 2014 we had to make a decision….it seemed like the universe was not cooperating, and the crunch was on to get the animals back home. There has been many blips along the way, and disappointments though I … Continue reading