If you are looking for raw alpaca fiber, we will sell it on shearing day by the fleece. A variety of colors are available. Watch for shearing dates – usually early May – and come to the farm to pick out your fleece!
We are members of the Natural Fiber Producers (NFP) co-op. Our fiber is sorted and graded before submission to the co-op. Sorting and Grading is the first step in quality control and results in a much more uniform product. It increases the longevity, wear-ability, and overall yield of the final product. This means a consistent and fantastic end product for you, our customer!
Mark is also working towards becoming a Certified Sorter® for alpaca. This is an intense 2 year program where 250 fleeces, both Huacaya and Suri, must be sorted and graded by color, length, and micron. A mentor works with the apprentice sorters to verify their work to ensure accuracy and consistency throughout the entire apprenticeship period. additionally, there are webinars, textile courses, and a written exam that must be completed with an 80% passing grade or higher. After that, there is a wool certification, 2 years and 200 fleeces of at least 4 different breeds. If you are interested in becoming a sorter contact us and we’ll get you information on where the next classes will be held.
Here’s an article in our local paper of one of our shearing days.