Maranatha Alpaca Farm is situated on a 5 acre plot in south Stafford County located at 71 Coakley Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22406. We are ideally situated only 6 miles from I-95 off of exit 133, Rt-17, Warrenton Rd North. Convenient to historic Fredericksburg, VA and only 56 miles south of our nations capital, Washington, DC.
Our farm is a model of what the alpaca industry is about: Small farms raising livestock in a non-traditional setting; i.e. a neighborhood. When we moved into our house the cleared area comprised less than an acre. Over the last two years we have cleared an additional 2 acres, fenced the property and planted pastures. We turned an existing lean-to shed into an alpaca stall by extending the roof 8 feet and dividing the interior into 2 stall areas. Included in one of the stalls is storage for up to 8 bales of hay. Keeping alpacas does not require a lot of space or fancy buildings or barns. Sure, they are nice, but not a requirement. As long as the alpacas have a place to get out of the wind, rain or hot sun, they are happy.
Located in a small housing development, our section of the county is zoned agricultural which enables us to raise livestock without worrying about zoning issues. One of our primary paddocks is located directly off of our side porch. This is useful for watching expectant mothers and new born crias. Additionally, we often turn our front yard into pasture using portable electric net fencing.
Our farm was one of 1000 alpaca farms across the country who participated in the first National Alpaca Farm Days in September 2007. Many people of all ages from our community came out to see Alpacas for the first time. Visitors enjoyed petting, feeding and learning about the animals while taking many pictures of these cute curious creatures whom God created for us to enjoy. We open our farm to school groups for educational farm tours. It is exciting to watch the children and adults too as they come in contact with these gentle and amazing animals.
When we are asked “what do you do with these animals?,” we direct them to our farm stand which is filled with many handmade and manufactured alpaca items from the US and South America. We carry Alpaca products such as capes, fur hats, scarves, gloves and mittens, sweaters, socks, yarns-both natural and dyed, stuffed Alpaca toys, teddy bears and finger puppets along with Alpaca activity books which are educational as well as entertaining.
As of December 2016 we will be closing the farm and selling our remaining alpaca herd. We are going to focus our attention on our 3 grandchildren. While the alpacas themselves take very little time or effort, the “business” of the farm was interfering with our ability to spend time with our family. As we transition to the next phase of our life, Lisa and I want to thank everyone who has come to the farm. We have met a lot of wonderful new friends who have touch our lives and hopefully, we have touched theirs in a small way as well. While we are no longer doing public tours.