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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 twenty-nine, including nine boys and twenty 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. 

Spend a relaxing and entertaining day with the alpacas on our Fifth Annual Fall Farm Visit Day, Saturday, October 10th! The farm will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for alpaca visits, relaxation, alpaca fleece needle felting, and early holiday shopping. Due to the COVID-19 virus we ask visitors to wear masks and exercise safe social distancing. We and the alpacas look forward to seeing you again!

Our It's Alpaca! Boutique offers fine alpaca gifts and is open the second Saturday of every month, and by appointment. 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.

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