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Alpaca workshop scheduled for Feb. 9

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

This portion of the alpaca workshop is a literal hands-on experience. Participants and instructors from the 2011 Fundamentals of Alpaca Farming Workshop hosted by White Violet Farm Alpacas at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods explore the basics of alpaca farming. An upcoming workshop is set for Feb. 9.
WEST TERRE HAUTE -- Interested in alpacas?

Thinking about owning alpacas one day? Just starting out in the alpaca business?

"Alpaca 101: Fundamentals of Alpaca Farming," is a day-long seminar offered Feb. 9, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., by White Violet Farm Alpacas at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, for those just beginning or still contemplating raising alpacas.

The staff of White Violet Farm Alpacas will share their experience setting up an alpaca farm, including common mistakes to avoid.

The hands-on workshop will allow participants to get up close and personal with alpacas.

Topics covered will include: Health issues, shots, feed, barns and sheds, pasture care, toenail clipping, developing goals, fiber, record keeping and water needs.

White Violet Farm Alpacas alpaca herd manager Tracy Wilson and White Violet Center for Eco-Justice director Sister Maureen Freeman will serve as presenters.

Wilson said the seminar is a unique opportunity because alpacas themselves are unique.

"Participants will take away a basic knowledge of alpaca care and of the livestock industry and will become pretty familiar with the animal itself," she said. "You get to be on a working alpaca farm, in business since 1998, and get to learn not just what to do, but what not to do.

"Hopefully, by teaching others we can help them to not make the same mistakes we did starting out."

The cost for the program is $85 per person or $110 for two from the same family or farm. Lunch is included.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is located six miles northwest of Terre Haute. White Violet Farm Alpacas is a nonprofit ministry of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, and helps support programs of ecological justice education, organic agriculture and fiber education.

To register or for more information, contact Robyn Morton at rmorton@spsmw.org, or call 812-535-2932.

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