UNITY — Animal farms across the nation showcased their alpacas to the public for National Alpaca Farm Day.
In Unity, the staff from the Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm open their gates for people to view the farms’ 37 alpacas.
“Our farm is open year round, six days a week, so this is what we typically do but this weekend we’re offering more demonstrations for folks to learn about the fiber,” co-owner Robin Fowler Pratt.
Those demonstrations include spinning of yarns made from the fibers sheared from the alpacas, showing how they sort the fiber to prepare it for a mill and showing off two baby alpacas.
“This is a great opportunity to see an alpaca, an animal that typically doesn’t like to be touched but very much enjoys visiting with the public. We also sell our alpaca clothes and goods here at the farm. So it’s a chance for people to see what the fur is for,” Pratt said.
“They get to see the beginning of the product and then end of the product,” she said.
Robin’s wife and the farm’s co-owner, Corey Pratt, added that days like National Alpaca Farm Day are a great teaching moment for people who come to visit.
“We have been an education center since we started 16 years ago and that’s our purpose. It’s to educate, especially the next generations coming up, because alpacas are increasing in numbers in this country and our goal is to get their fiber to this country and increase the herd size so a lot more of the production can be done here,” Corey Pratt said.
The farm is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday free of charge.