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Feature Friday!

One of the things we learned during this year’s National Alpaca Farm Days, is that as an industry, we haven’t done a great job at highlighting WHY alpaca fiber is so wonderful, and what uses there are for it.  To remedy this, we’ve decided to start Feature Friday!

Every Friday, we will feature either a product or a fiber fact to showcase how versatile alpaca is and just what we do with all that fiber!

Today we are kicking off with one of our top selling , but also one of our most overlooked products:

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While they may not look like much, we’ve had customers tell us these are “life changing”!

What are they? Alpaca Dryer Balls!  These lowly little items are cost effective, efficient, sustainable, renewable,  all natural, and best of all, they WORK!

One package of 100% alpaca dryer balls:

  • Reduce drying time by absorbing the moisture from your laundry
  • Provide a natural alternative to chemical filled dryer sheet or fabric softener
  • 100% Alpaca – hard felted and hand made
  • Great for sensitive skin/babies
  • Reduces wrinkles, static, and helps collect lint
  • Can add 4-5 drops of essential oils for scent. Oils last approx. 4 loads

Alpaca dryer balls can also save wear and tear on your dryer and clothing!  Conventional dryer sheets deposit a quaternary ammonium salt or a silicone oil based fabric softener. The heat of the dryer softens the fabric softener and allows the coating to transfer to fabrics. It is this coating that makes clothes feel softer to the touch.  This coating can reduce the moisture absorbing ability of cotton or micofiber towels, and the moisture wicking ability of athletic wear.

Just as the dryer sheets leave a residue on your clothing that makes the fabric feel softer, they also leave residue in your dryer. Their residue may cause the screen of the lint filter to become partially clogged or the electronic moisture sensor to be coated with residue and  reduce air circulation. Good circulation is essential to getting clothes dried properly and helping to prevent overheating,  which can lead to fires.

Alpaca dryer balls are easy to use!

No need to remove, just re use again and again.

Fiber is Forever!  Dryer balls can last years!

Washable, just add to wash load, then dry (recommended for first use)

Naturally dry along with laundry

These are just a few of the reasons we love our alpaca dryer balls!  Want more information on our dryer balls?  Want to purchase a set for your self or as a gift?  Send us an email at rockingchairfarmalpacas@gmail.com or come by the farm store!  We’d be happy to help you decide!

 

 

 

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2018 Natural Fiber Extravaganza

Rocking Chair Farm just returned from the 2018 Natural Fiber Extravaganza powered by AOA, held in Lebanon,TN. Check it out HERE! To say we are excited would be the understatement of the year!  Three days of classes, workshops and seminars, the AOA National Fleece Show, National Spin Off,  a Student Design Contest, a phenomenal Fiber Arts show, photo contest, a fiber artist marketplace, etc!  WOW!!!

The AOA (Alpaca Owners Association) and all the sponsors, vendors, speakers and participants worked together to make this a show for the history books.  We were able to see some truly fabulous fleece entries from farms that are redefining just how great alpaca fiber can be, we met new friends, got to catch up with longtime friends and colleagues,  and met in person several “online” friends that have been invaluable to us.

We’ve come away from this show with a renewed passion for the alpaca industry, some great ideas, and some new directions for our farm!

We are also pleased to announce a few wins for our farm!  In the National Spin Off, both Charlemagne’s Rebellion (REBEL), and Legend’s Faber came away with first place in their respective divisions.  In the photo contest, Farmer David won a third place ribbon with his photo of Victory (Vic) and an honorable mention for his close up of Faber.

Our host hotel, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Lebanon Check them out HERE were gracious and hospitable , and made our stay a joy.

Wilson County Exposition Center also did a tremendous job hosting the event, providing plenty of parking, clean and modern facilities, and a gracious staff.

The Natural Fiber Extravaganza is already gearing up to be held next year, at the same event center.  Make plans to attend NOW!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air!  We love what we do, and we love our customers!  To celebrate we are offering a special discount for all of our customers through Feb 14th.  Shop online HERE and use the code: BEMINE for 14% off your order.  You can also shop here on the farm if you would like, just call to schedule an appointment.

If you are still looking for a unique gift for that extra special someone, choose alpaca!

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Where has all the time gone?

Where has all the time gone?  It is rapidly changing from summer into fall here on the farm.  Little Rebel is growing into a handsome teenage alpaca, we have added to our security team, the flock has grown and changed and the leaves are changing while nights get cooler and the days get shorter.

We just celebrated National Alpaca Farm Days and had a record turnout for our farm.  One of our local television affiliates stopped by to visit with us and film the herd.  Check out the clip HERE

We have also increased our security team by two.  We are happy to welcome Colby and Casey , a pair of Great Pyrenees females, to Sneaky Dog Protection Service!  Mason is enjoying having help with the job of protecting all things great and small, and the girls are doing a wonderful job.

Rebel is growing up and becoming even more handsome.  He is the spitting image of his sire, Charlemagne, with the personality of his dam, Jillian.  It is such a treat to watch the little ones grow into their place in the herd.  Rebel has decided he is just a mini llama and chooses to spend most of his time with his favorite auntie, Madison, and his second momma, Maggie.  He has picked up their steady and easy going manner, along with the unflappable nature of  the llamas.  Nothing bothers them, so nothing bothers him.

The flock has increased its numbers as well!  This summer we added several chicks to the current flock.  We added some beautiful olive eggers (hopefully) hatched from our own flock, along with a handful of D’uccle chicks from a dear friend’s flock.  The chicks are in a grow out pen right now and learning about free ranging from the hens, all under the protective watch of Mason.

In additon to the chicks, we’ve added guinea fowl to our growing list of critters that call the farm home.  The guineas are a souce of constant amusement to us, and intrigue the alpacas and llamas.  They spend the day patrolling the property and eating as many bugs as they can hold.  Each day they become a bit more confident in their new enviroment and wander just a bit farther in the fields.

We have also been super busy with new alpaca products!  We’ve added scarves, bucket hats, leggings and so much more!  We are trying to load everything on to our online shop, but the fairs and festivals have slowed us down a bit!  If you want a certain item that you see posted either on our social media or here on the webpage, send us a message and we will either get it to you or we can let you know what we have in stock that you may like! Here’s just a sample of some of the goodies we have in our farm store:

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As always, thank you for sharing our journey with us and allowing us into your lives.  We truly appreciate your patronage and support.

It has been so long since we’ve posted anything to the webpage!  Our social media followers know we post regularly to Facebook and Instagram, but we have neglected our web followers.  It was purely unintentional, and we promise to do better in the future!

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The final countdown…

The folks and the critters here at the farm have all been busy, busy, busy!  Farmer David has been cleaning up fence rows, fields and the barn, the alpacas have been busily munching down their fields, the chickens have been on bug patrol, Ross, the barn kitty, is keeping varmints away and Mason, the Wonder Dog, is in charge of security.  Momma Christine has been experimenting with handmade soaps, organizing the medical supplies and heading up the media.  We are a little crew, but we do mighty things!

All of this is happening so we can welcome folks to our little slice of heaven this weekend for National Alpaca Farm Days, and we are in the final countdown (do you hear the music??  Is it stuck in your brain yet?  You can thank me for that this weekend).

We will open our gates and our barn doors to the public, no appointment necessary, on Saturday, Sept 24th from 10 am to 6 pm and again on Sunday, Sept. 25th from Noon until 5 pm.  We will have yarn from our animals on hand, raw fiber from this years clip, and  be taking pre orders on alpaca socks, felted soaps, scarves, gloves, etc for the Christmas holidays.  We will be giving tours through the fields at the top of every hour, and if you would like to bring a chair and  knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning gear, reading, etc we will have a spot for you to sit with the herd while you craft and relax.

We look forward to seeing our old friends and meeting our online and new friends.  See you this weekend!

**Please remember we are a working farm so we have dirt, dust, bugs and more! We recommend closed toe shoes if you wish to enter the fields.  We do not have restroom facilities (unless you’re an alpaca).**

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Spring and Shearing

Spring has been in full force here for a while but this past week we have been experiencing a Blackberry Winter.  Temps have been much cooler, we’ve had some rain and wind but it has been generally beautiful.

The herd loves the cooler temperatures, and I often find them sunbathing for extended periods during the day.  Nothing like soaking up some Vitamin D on a beautiful day! Continue reading

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So what’s an Alpaca?

As promised, we are doing an informational series on alpacas.  To start us off, we are going to break down just what an alpaca is. Continue reading

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Welcome to our slice of heaven!

Welcome to our slice of heaven!

January 12, 2016

The Good Shepherdess

Hello, friends!  We welcome you to our blog!  This is a new adventure for us, so I’m sure there will be some bumps in the road.  Bear with us, and together we can work it out.

In the meantime, let us know what you would like to see on the blog.  Do you want to know more about alpacas in general?  We can do that!  What do you do with them?  We can do that, too!  Learn about our herd?  Got it covered.  Want to schedule a time to visit with the crew? Done!

We want you to feel like the blog is an interactive place where you can feel free to comment and add suggestions.  A quick preview into some of the topics we will be covering soon:  What’s an Alpaca?, Alpaca 101, Fiber & Fleece.

Thank you for sharing a part of your day with us!  We truly appreciate it!  If you found something you liked, please pass our site along and give us a like or two on social media!

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