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Friday, October 25, 2013

Who knew???

Who knew??? We live in a town of land hoarders! After many years of wishing, hoping, researching and dreaming, we finally made the decision to start our alpaca and
berry farm.

After days of brainstorming and trying names on for size, we finally all agreed on a name for our farm. Very exciting stuff. Even now you are probably wondering how we
lived through all the excitement. Well, ok maybe it isn’t nearly as exciting to everyone else but we were pretty thrilled. Our farm name is Berry Sweet Alpacas.

Our goal is to raise beautiful animals for both quality fleece and breeding. In addition, we plan to raise yummy blackberries, which led to choosing
red and black as our farm colors. It also doesn’t hurt that the Arkansas Razorbacks are red and black and we are only 4 miles from the University of Arkansas and both my sons, our new daughter in-law, and I are all alums.

Next on the list was a farm logo. This was the prefect assignment for my son, Timothy who is partnering with me in this new lifestyle adventure. He developed what I hope you will
agree is a beautiful logo.

Now we are ready --- but wait, no land and no animals. Huh – that could be a problem. It’s not that we haven’t been looking. I am sure we have seen every piece of land available in our area. However, therein lies the problem. There is very little land in our area because apparently the surrounding town was bought up many years ago and the owners are all land hoarders!!! Just kidding. Our community neighbors are great people. They just don’t want to part with any land. What’s a new farm to do? Hard to raise alpacas and grow berries
without land.

Speaking of alpacas, I have found the most beautiful animals. Before getting really serious about looking for livestock, there was much discussionabout Huacaya versus Suri. On one of the many sites that we studied there was discussion that Suris do better than Huacaya in hot weather climate. I personally have always loved these creatures whose curly hair looks much better than mine and of course used the information to my advantage to sway the group toward buying Suris as our first alpacas. Having fallen in love with a couple of animals we have yet to see in person, we are even more ready to go. We know of course, we will actually visit several farms before purchasing any of these lovely animals and will do our best to make informed, wise decisions. And perhaps it wouldn’t hurt if a little luck is thrown in as well.

Now that we have found animals we REALLY want to purchase, the issue with land is even more of, well, an issue.

So the saga of finding land continues. We are hoping soon to hear that one of the land owners we have approached will agree to sell us 2-4 acres so we can get started. It’s like revving your engine with the car still in the garage. Frustrating to say the least but maybe a sign to slow down and really prepare for our new business venture.

Deep breath. It will be alright. We just need to plan.

So plan we do. Back to the business plan that we were working on months ago when we thought land might actually be in our future. It is going to happen. As with most things in life, it all about timing.