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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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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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