I am always up for an adventure and when there are alpacas involved I am all in. Who wouldn’t be?
I found out about Jazzy Acres Alpaca Ranch from our oldest son, Micah, quite awhile ago. He told me that his college friend, Will, had a connection with alpacas. Will’s mom, Edith , along with her husband Jim started Jazzy Acres Alpaca Ranch when they moved to the mountains. I for one am very glad that they did.
We finally had a free weekend and since our youngest son Aaron was visiting I thought it would be a perfect time to visit. Edith and Jim graciously welcomed our visit and we made plans to make the 75 minute drive to Leicester to visit with Edith and Jim at their ranch.
As usual I got wrapped up in the animals and really did not take notes so I don’t have all of the facts and figures of the ranch or the alpacas but what I did take away was a lot of great memories and fun pictures. Sometimes I think that is even better than those notes taken in a notebook.
The land that the ranch occupies is beautiful and Edith took us on a tour of the acres that they own. It was beautiful and I can understand why they love it there so much.
Edith is a psychotherapist and farmer and Jim is an engineer, jazz musician and farmer. I am in awe of these people who have embraced farming and are striving to make a difference in the world by raising alpacas and promoting organic farming as well. Their days are long and busy and while they have help with the animals and land they are two very busy people.
I wish I would have written down more of the names of the alpacas but many of them have great names. Once I made the jazz connection with Jim the names all made a little bit more sense. Coletrane, Cannonball, Mingus, Django, King Cole, Thelonius, Duke. You get the idea, right? Perfect names for perfect little alpacas.
The alpacas are similar to llamas in that they “hum” . One mama got a little nervous when Edith took her week old baby in arms to show us .
Mama was humming up a storm and looking over Edith’s shoulder to make sure we weren’t doing any harm to her lovely baby.
No worries, Mama.
We would never hurt your baby.
Alpacas appear to be very gentle creatures and while these alpacas were curious about us they did not appear to mind that we were there. They obviously are used to Edith and the other workers there and allowed us all to to come and walk around them and pet them.
I look at these animals and wonder how anyone could have a bad day when they are around them. They are so expressive and the different colors and markings make each and every one unique.
Of course there are a few other animals on the farm including some fabulous chickens and dogs.
Edith shared that they are using the fibers that they get from their herd to make many wonderful products. They share these products ( along with taking some of their alpacas) at local markets and shows including a big one – the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair which is held in Asheville. This is a big show and I have heard several people talk about how wonderful it is. If you are in the area and want to visit check out the information below:
Friday, October 27 – (9am – 6pm)
Saturday, October 28 – (9am – 6pm)
Sunday, October 29 – (9am – 4pm)
The event is located at the WNC Agricultural Center, in Fletcher, NC, across Hwy 280 from the Asheville Regional Airport. (Exit 40 off I-26).
Admission will be $5/person per day. $10 pass for 3 days. Youth under 13 yrs. old will be free.
Life on an alpaca ranch is hard work. There is always something to be done but Edith and Jim embrace each aspect of their adventure with enthusiasm and love. Their mission as Edith has written on their Facebook page is:
Jim and I started Jazzy Acres Alpaca Ranch after we moved to the mountains. We wanted to live a life more dedicated to the land and all our creative skills.
We both love animals and after being introduced to these wonderful animals we developed a great love for them, their fleece and its many usages, their personalities, their love for each other.
We grow our own hay (without chemicals). We eat from the garden and use the organic alpaca manure to fertilize our gardens and fields.
We are learning to use the fleece, knitting, spinning and weaving to make products that last for years and provide the wonderful benefits that only alpaca can, ie. hypoallergenic, fire retardant, and warmer than wool. It organically stays clean and dry. It breathes. Alpaca is as soft as cashmere and comes in 22 natural colors.
We are dedicated to improving the herd and the quality of the fleece.
We love to mentor people and help them discover the wonders and benefits of being alpaca owners.
Good on ya, Edith and Jim. Thank you so much for allowing us to come and join your herd for a couple of hours. We loved being there.
If you are interested in checking out Jazzy Acres Alpaca Ranch connect with them through the links below. The Facebook page has a lot of wonderful pictures and videos of their ranch and their animals. You will want to schedule a visit if you are in the area.
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What an amazing world! So many interests, callings, passions!
I agree! And all we have to do is accept our “call”.
How much fun!!! Don’t we live in an amazing place!!??
Yes! We do! Something amazing around every corner!
Ok…adding this to my things to do once we move back to North Carolina next year! And the Fiber Fest!
I thought of all of my knitting and crocheting friends when I heard about the Fiber Fest. It is supposed to be one of the best around so you definitely need to put it on your to do list!
What a fun place!!!
It really is. Edith gave us a great tour and their land is gorgeous!
Thank you for this great write up. Just read it again. You’re the best.
Thanks for sharing this sweet alpaca story and photos with us this morning. Simply seeing those cute faces makes me smile. I can tell you love these animals. A lot.
I agree about the note-taking. Taking in the sense of place, the sights, the smells, the sounds often makes for a better post than recording facts. I felt your experience in today’s post.
They are just amazing animals and they never cease to make me smile when I see them. Glad they made you smile as well. Goal accomplished.
These alpacas are adorable!!!
They really are. I can’t get enough of them!
Omg. Love it and them. This place looks so fun. And like Jim and Edith I look forward to moving to the mountains one day to enjoy the scenery and a change of pace.
You would love it at their ranch. They are so personable and Edith and Jim are such great folks. Do you have the rest of the family sold on the mountain move?
Lol. Yes, pretty much. Ash is not so fond of the idea but his is really for after the kids are done with school… we are looking for a getaway cabin though. 🙂
I feel sure you are going to turn Ash’s mind around about the mountain place. A cabin would be fabulous!
Alpacas have the cutest faces! This place seems like heaven.
It was. You would love it. So fun to interact with them.
Oh, man, I wish they were closer. Perhaps the Voyage will take us near someday. I love, love, love the alpacas, and their wool! ~ Lynn
They are the best. We actually visited some when we were in Nevada as well—I bet you have some around you someplace!
As I understand it, there’s a really special Alpaca farm in Oregon.
They truly are adorable. I fell in love with a baby one at a county fair two years ago. How I would have loved to bring him home.
I would love to have some but I suspect my traveling lifestyle would prevent it as well as the “rules” in our development.
How to have a bad day when surrounded by adorable animals? Easy. One or more of the animals gets sick and you don’t know how best to protect the others.
The Cat Sanctuary has had some horrendous days, but at least I’ve learned from them…
I agree that alpacas are some of the cutest animals on Earth…and knitting (and wearing) their fleece is fun, too!