Onward and Upward!

National Alpaca Farm Days was a roaring success thanks to all of our farm friends who chose to come and spend some time visiting with the herd.

 

Every year gets just better, and this year was no different.  This year we were honored to have Jennifer and John Troyer demonstrating their fiber arts skills on the front porch of the brand new farm store.  Jennifer kindly demonstrated hand spinning for us both days, while John showed off his needle felting skills.  They also brought some of their completed fiber arts projects to showcase their work.  Jennifer also brought another of her passions with her to share with our guests.  Much to everyone’s delight, we were witness to the hatching and release of two Monarch butterflies!  Jennifer is passionate about conservation of our butterfly friends.  Each year she raises hundreds of caterpillars and tends them until they are ready to release as adult butterflies.  Her knowledge of these farm friends, and the passion with which she cares for them was a truly delightful addition to this year’s event!

We were pleased to open our onsite farm store for the very first time during National Alpaca Farm Days.  Our guests got a first look at some of the alpaca products we make and carry here at Rocking Chair Farm.  We are finish up some of the final touches to the farm store, so keep watching for updates!

If any of our friends would like to share pictures of their visit during National Alpaca Farm Days, please feel free to do so!  You can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rockingchairfarm   and tag us in those pictures @rockingchairfarm , or you can email them to us  rockingchairfarmalpacas@gmail.com, and we will post them to the website!

Where can you find us next?

Rocking Chair Farm is proud to participate in:

The 2018 Great Llama Race  Saturday, October 6th from 11-4.  Look for our tent and stop by and say hi!

The Fall Craft Fair at The Winery at Seven Springs Farm  Saturday, October 20th from 12-5 pm.  Start your holiday shopping early, while you sip wine at The Best Winery in East Tennessee, according to Tennessee Magazine

The 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair at The Venue at Lenoir City , Saturday October 27th from 10-2.  Join us for the official kick off of the holiday season!

 

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NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS ARE COMING!

 

 

Once again, the crew here at Rocking Chair Farm will celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days, September 29-30 from 11 am -4 pm.

What are National Alpaca Farm Days, you ask?  The last weekend of September, alpaca farms across North America open their gates to the public!  During your visit with us you can

  • Experience  alpacas up close!
  • Tour the farm
  • Feel alpaca fleece
  • View live demonstrations
  • Learn about raising and breeding alpacas
  • Shop for alpaca products

 

This year we will have live demonstrations of spinning, felting, and other fiber arts throughout the weekend.

We will have tours beginning at the top of every hour beginning at 11 am  with the last tour beginning at 3 pm.

There is no charge for entry, but we do ask a few things:

  1.  NO outside food or drink
  2. NO outside animals allowed
  3. Closed toe shoes are required.

If you aren’t in our area and would like to experience National Alpaca Farm days , please FIND A FARM near you.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We welcome your questions regarding our policies, and look forward to seeing new faces and greeting old friends.

 

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Review Us!

Friends, we have just been listed on Trip Advisor, and we need your help!

If you have been gracious enough in the past to share a review of our farm, would you consider sharing a review again on our latest venture?  If you have never reviewed our farm, would you?

You can add a review several ways:

    1. Stop by our FaceBook page HERE and click on the link on the left that says Trip Advisor Reviews
    2. follow this link to Trip Advisor and leave a review directly on their page Trip Advisor

Each one of here on the farm thanks you for your help and support

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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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Welcome, Victory!

We’ve been a bit lax updating the website, hopefully you can forgive us when you see one of the reasons why!

Late this spring, SBS Crown Prince Friedel and GLR Pomona welcomed a bouncing baby boy, Crown Prince Friedel’s Victory (Vic to his friends).  Vic is a stunning white suri cria that is the spitting image of his sire.  His luster is evident in every picture, but photographs just can’t do him justice.

The entire crew here on the farm are completely enamored with our newest addition, and we have high hope for this little one.

For your viewing pleasure, we give you Victory!

 

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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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Shop Online

We are moving our online stock to a new location!  You can find our online store at  https://rockingchairfarmalpacas.com or at our SHOP NOW button.   We are currently now accepting orders through our online store, but feel free to look around. Please bear with us as we migrate all of our stock to this new online platform.  We will let everyone know when we are up and running.  In the meantime, if you would like to purchase alpaca products, they are available for pick up at the farm store, or let us know what you would like and we would be happy to ship to you or the destination of your choice (US orders only).

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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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April Showers bring…

***Just a warning- this post will be pic heavy!***

 

 

Spring CRIA!

Today was supposed to be herd health day.  One of the females had a different idea and decided that today would be a great day for a birthday.  I have to admit she was right!  Rocking Chair Farm would like to announce the birth of RCF Charlemagne’s Rebellion; Rebel to his friends.

Jillian delivered a beautiful baby boy late this morning under a beautiful blue sky.  The delivery was perfect in every way.  Farmer David was there for the big event, and Momma Christine was there once the little one was delivered and on the ground.  The little one was up and walking within the first hour of his birth and running after momma shortly thereafter.  He is nursing well, and he and momma are happy and healthy.  The herd has welcomed Rebel and all seem to be quite smitten with this little one.

Farmer David and I are a bit wiped out, so I’ll leave you with pictures; lots and lots of pictures of Rebel meeting the herd.

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A New Year and some New Faces!

Hello again folks!  All the critters here at Rocking Chair Farm have had a wonderful start to the new year, and as we head into February, we are are looking forward to what 2017 has in store for our little slice of heaven.

At the beginning of January, we added a few new faces to our herd.  We feel very blessed to have added 4 Suri alpacas to the the property.  The boys increased by one, as we added SBS Crown Prince Friedel (Freidel).  The ladies increased by 3 lovely suri ladies: GLR Pomona (Pomona), Pearl’s Miri by Accoyo Axel (Miri) and Firecracker Jackie (Firecracker).  They also made room for Maggie and Madison a mother/daughter team of llamas.  Everyone has settled in, so we thought the time was right for a few candid photos of our newest herd members, as well as a few shots of the original crew!

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We are busy preparing for shearing, and a few spring cria ,as well as improvements to the farm and additions to the farm store.  The herd will also have official individual photos and information updates added.

Thank you again for stopping by!

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