We hope you can come for a visit soon
In 1994 we bought 28 acres of land in Townville, SC. We were vactioning in the area and found an ad in the newspaper
for an "old homestead" for sale. We immediately fell in love with the place and paid the initial real estate binder
with a credit card check as we had no idea of purchasing land. For two years we came here on vacations from our home in the
Adirondack Mountains of upstate NY. In september of 1996 Joe retired from his job with NY state and we moved here two days
later. We have never been sorry. Gloria had to return to work to pay the mortgate and Joe has been very busy taking care of
Gloria's position at Interim HealthCare was
terminated as of May 10th.
Now she can join Joe at the farm as a full time farmer and fiber artist.
The plan was to work until 66, but things happen the way God has planned for us. If all goes well we will add some fiber
sheep and goats to the mix and expand the making of goods on the farm. In January we purchased from friends a
loom, knitting machines and a sock machine. Now is the time to get them up and running and see if there is
any talent there. I am looking forward to learning some new skills. Please stop by and say "happy
We have always wanted to find something that would allow the land to pay for itself. In 2002 we learned about alpacas quite
by chance from a magazine ad. We have always been animal lovers and fell in love with alpacas. We became members of AOBA and
got much information about alpacas. We visited several farms in SC, NC, GA, and VA and attended seminars whenever we could.
For one year we asked many questions of our new "alpaca friends" and learned all we could. We are most grateful
for their guidance and advice.
In May of 2003 our first alpacas were delivered. That was a very exciting day at Lucky Acres Farm. We purchashed 3 pregnant
huacaya girls, one intact male, and one gelding. We also have a gelded guardian llama to look after the girls and babies.
Our intention is to breed alpacas for quality fiber, excellent health and conformation, as well as a friendly disposition.
I can hardly wait for the day that I can retire from my job and join Joe as a full time alpaca farmer.
This is what farmer girls do on rainy days, bake cookies of course. Stop by to have some.
We pride ourselves
in the fact that others think we take good care of our animlas. We have had comments like "when I die I want to come
back as one of your dogs". At our fall fest the comment was made that they had been to visit another alpaca farm that
had a very professional web site and did very expensive advertising. When they visited the farm the animals were not cared
for as well as ours.
We truly are very "lucky" at Lucky Acres Farm in having the opportunity to be able
to purchase this old homestead and continue this wonderful country lifestyle. Please come and see for yourself. We enjoy showing
visitors around the farm.
Bit of alpaca info. Alpacas are members of the camel family. The huacaya is the most common with a crimp in the fleece.
They look like fluffly teddy bears. The suri has pencil locks that hang down. Alpacas are about 36 inches tall and can weigh
up to 200 pounds. They eat grain about one cup a day, hay in the winter and grass in the summer. They also need fresh water
and free choice minerals. The gestation is 11 1/2 months. Alpacas are mild tempered and easy to manage. They can steal your
heart the first time you see them with their beautiful eyes and graceful manner. Our farm will participate in the first
ever, and there after annual National Alpaca Farm Day the last weekend in September. This event is sponsored by AOBA
with many alpaca farms through out the country becoming a part of this event. We host two annual Open House weekends
at Lucky Acres Farm. The first weekend in December for our Holiday Open House, and the first weekend in May for our Spring
Open House. We also are part of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association upstate farm tour. This is held the last part
of May, first part of June weekend event. These events will feature the alpacas and special unique gifts made from their
lovely fleece. We will also have yarn and raw fleece for sale from our animals. Please plan to come and bring lots of friends.
There will be lots of refreshments. You can visit the animals and get your picture taken with an alpaca. You can also see
all the wonderful things we have for sale in the gift shop. It will be the place to buy really special gifts. We can also
sell you some of the best fertilizer ever. After 30 years of vegetable gardening we had the best garden ever this year. Doing
four open house weekends keeps us pretty busy. We hope you can join us in our celebration of our wonderful farm lifestyle.
Call us for more info at 864-287-2339 or cell 864-903-1856.
We are now ready to sell some alpacas. We are blessed with 24 happy, healthy alpacas and need to reduce our herd
size. We waited until we had enough to keep a nice number for people to see and many of the 22 natural colors.
We have complete health records on every animal along with histograms for everyone over 6 months of age at shearing.
Everyone is ARI registered, has a given name and a microship for identification. Please contact us for prices and package
discounts. We will work with you in any we can to make you proud alpaca owners.
At our most recent open house,
a lady brought some yarn and fleece stating it was for someone else and she was highly allergic to wool and could not hanlde
it. She came back a few weeks later and stated that she had no allergic reaction at all to the alpaca yarn and fleece
she had purchased. I guess what they say about allergies is really true.
Have truck and trailer, will travel. We are going to participate in some of the local spring and fall festivals.
We will load up the trailer with alpacas, and the truck with our items for sale and hit the road. We hope to promote a better
understanding of alpacas and our country lifestyle. Please come by and see for yourself.