We are a small fiber farm located in southeastern Washington state, in the quintessential rural American community of Walla Walla. The farm is situated on the last remaining 10 acres of an old 164-acre homestead originally settled by Nathaniel S. Gholson, a pioneer from Iowa.
Under the Homestead Act of 1862, we proudly curate copies of the offical documents that originally conveyed the land to Mr. Gholson by signature of Ulysses S. Grant, on August 20, 1875. We take our responsibility to this homestead, and its rich heritage, very deeply and very personally.
With no previous livestock or farming experience, my husband, Mike, and I began our fiber farm in May 2014 as a way to start a 'family' after many years of infertility. In the course of caring for our suri alpaca, working the land and tending to the homestead gardens, I also discovered how calming and therapeutic farming can be. As a veteran of the Iraq War, this lifestyle has been a welcome and uplifting change. Farming has become a way for me to continue to give back to my community after leaving the Army, and it keeps me focused and motivated when Mike is often off-farm serving in the Wasthington Army National Guard.
Old Homestead Alpacas is a proud member of the Farmer Veterans Coalition (FVC), a non-profit organization supporting, encouraging, mentoring and inspiring agricultural and ranching careers for returning service men and women. All of the fiber products available in this shop came from alpacas pastured at Old Homestead Alpacas - and proudly carry the Homegrown By Heroes label.
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