If one picture is worth a thousand words all there is to know about why we got into alpacas could be summed up in this picture of Vic, our first alpaca and the beginning of a long story indeed.
We first met Vic while attending a seminar at an alpaca farm in Maryland about 6 weeks after reading a newspaper story about alpacas. We had no intention of buying anything that day. Not only was it very early on in our research but we had no farm - we lived on Staten Island, in New York City - and our alpaca budget was pretty much nonexistent. But there he was, on sale, as part of a silent auction, and he had such beautiful fleece, perfect conformation and a face that, well, you've got the picture. Needless to say, by the time the seminar was over, Vic was the proud owner of two humans dedicated to giving him the best life an alpaca could have.
We started by boarding him with Hugh and Carol Masters of Serenity Alpacas, one of the first farms we had visited. We trained him under their expert guidance and entered him into the MAPACA show that spring. He did us proud winning four ribbons including reserve agility champion of the show.
That was in 1998. A lot has happened since then. We now live on a beautiful 7 ½ acre farm surrounded by mountains in Western New Jersey. Our herd has grown to 19 alpacas, and we are now accepting boarders (contact us for pricing). We also raise herbs and vegetables for top restaurants in New York City.
Our dedication to giving Vic a great life has had an interesting side effect: We've given ourselves one too.
Kris Ensminger and Dennis Hite