I have a mid-sized alpaca farm and know that you can put the alpaca manure pretty much immediately on your plants. It is very low in nitrogen and will not burn your plants. It does not have odor....if it does, then it's mixed in…"
"KCam said:I am confused on the alpaca manure. Can you put it directly in your garden, or do you need to compost it first..and for how long. We currently do not compost, so I am wondering what a good alternative is for the alpaca manure?
"Well, after looking at the Art On The Farm website, I can see it's only for out there in California. My non-profit launched something called "Art in the Kiva" back in '98 and it's similar. There's no reason why we…"
"I love the idea for the art on the farm project, Alan! Perhaps you and the other artists you work with would like to visit Close-Knit Alpacas sometime this summer after we've had our annual shearing of all the colorful fleeces!? Let me know…"
Georgia-born, Hollywood film pro turned alpaca farmer
A bit about me:
After 20+ years in film & tv, radio & media in general, I left Hollywood to follow my childhood dream of living in the country and having a farm (like my grandparents did), with lots of animals. First I founded a 501-c-3 retreat for people in crisis on the land it took me two years to find. Next, a few years later, I launched a working alpaca farm to help augment the income needs for the non-profit and the land. There are 120 beautiful, ecologically diverse acres here, along with 40 alpacas, 4 donkeys, 5 horses, a pig, 2 goats, five dogs (4 are LGDs) and 2 cats. I run a program called "Intern-to-Learn" and have a college intern here learning how to be an alpaca farmer, and she gets credit for this, too, which is great! Presently, I'm looking to restructure my alpaca business to bring on an investor or investors. My marketing, and skills in that arena for marketing alpacas and alpaca businesses, has been very successful so we are looking at the idea of offering Franchises of my programs and branding. I'm hoping this will help us make it through these economically challenging times and provide ample time to lay the groundwork and oil the wheels for a fluid roll out of this new plan within two years.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Vegetarian "beef stroganoff" type dish, made with saetanne (sp?) and poured over noodles. Fresh spinach salad, as well. We loved it!
Conversations with God, book 3 & Wild Fibers magazine
Currently listening to:
The sounds of the farm
My latest DIY project:
Put together and stained a wooden box with many little shelves for organizing many different pieces of literature for easy grabbing for mailings, for clients when they visit the farm, and for quick access whenever any of the info is needed.