We are Cindy and Wayne Aldrich -- AKA, SHEPHERD'S PURSE ALPACAS. We celebrate our eighteenth anniversary this year, having purchased our first alpacas in 2002. We "bought the farm" in Mount Airy, Maryland in the summer of 2002, and finally brought our four girls and little boy home in April 2003. Our herd is now up to thirty, including nine boys and twenty-one girls. We are really enjoying the Alpaca Lifestyle!
We are very excited to be realizing our dream to own and breed these beautiful animals. We are especially attracted to the fine fleece that alpacas produce - we believe it's finer than cashmere! Our aim is to breed an excellent quality animal, both in conformation and temperament, and to aggressively market the fleece and finished end products.
Our It's Alpaca! Boutique offers fine alpaca gifts and is open the second Saturday of every month, and by appointment. March in Maryland can still be quite chilly. Pick up a soft sweater to wrap yourself in warmth! The boutique and farm will be open Saturday, March 14th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. This year we are excited to feature a beautiful selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry designed and crafted by local Mt. Airy fiber artist, Ann Fedeli. Click What's New for more visiting and shopping information, and all the farm news!
For more information contact Cindy and Wayne by email or at 301-829-4798.
Visit us at the farm: 7971 Bennett Branch Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771. To arrange a farm visit or a shopping appointment, call Wayne at 301-452-1874.
Watch for frequent updates to this site!