Monday, 29 August 2022 18:36

Raise Alpaca…Who Would Have Thought?

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Almost 8 years ago, Paul McKinney and Bill Bundy were snowbirds.

They hunkered down during the winter months in their home in Ft. Myers, Florida and then drove north in the spring to enjoy the summer months in their home on the beautiful Oswego River in Fulton.

All that changed in 2014 when Paul and Bill attended a craft fair in Sharon Springs, NY where they came across two very beautiful but strange looking animals. With their large shiny eyes, and fleece soft as snow, they couldn’t help being captivated by their beauty. Neither had ever seen a real live Alpaca before. After talking with the owners, they discovered that the animals were members of the Camelid family along with Camels, and Llamas. The difference being, Alpaca fleece was in huge demand, there were many Alpaca competitions around the country, and best one of all…Alpaca didn’t spit like Llamas.

The conversation soon turned to…” Could this be their next great adventure? They relished in the memories they had orchestrated over their 38-years together.

Fast forward to today and you will find them living on a pristine 7-acre farm on Dinglehhole Road in Phoenix, NY with 24 outstanding male and female alpacas. They keep asking themselves, “Who would have thought? While friends and family keeping asking…” You’re doing what?

The Alpaca business has morphed in the past few years from simply raising, showing, and selling animals to a total immersion into the Agri-Tourism Business. While they continue to show some winning animals in alpaca competitions around the Northeast, have their fleece processed into beautiful alpaca socks, hats, and mittens for their Maddie’s Mercantile Store on the farm, and just enjoy the wonderful magic of these unique animals, they now invite the public onto Seven Acres Alpaca Farm to enjoy farm tours, yoga classes, special events, book club meetings, more.

It's been a wonderful journey for both Paul and Bill, and they can’t think of anything else they would rather be doing. Do they miss Florida? Nope! Do they miss the river? Sometimes! But when they are asked, they generally respond by saying…” Come on out and visit and you will see why.

For more information log onto their website at: sevenacresalpacafarm.com

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