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Falling Into Alpaca Fiber

  • Littlebird Alpacas of River Ridge Farms 670 River Ridge Road Dillwyn, VA, 23936 United States (map)

Falling Into Alpaca Fiber

OCTOBER 9, 2019

Littlebird Alpacas of River Ridge Farms
670 River Ridge Rd • Dillwyn, Virginia

This workshop is sure to provide a new perspective on livestock and the rewards of small-scale farming. 

Former Army soldiers now farmers David C. Rigo and Mary Martinez-Rigo will offer a workshop hosted by VSU Small Farm Outreach Program for an afternoon to learn about raising alpacas  and alpaca farming. 

Alpacas are members of the Camelid family, as are the vicuna, guanaco, llama and camel. Factors such as husbandry, nutrition, and stressors influencing the production and quality of an annual fiber harvest will be discussed. 

Participants will see alpaca fiber processing demonstrations of hand carding and spinning raw fiber into yarn. Hand-crafted alpaca product production as well as commercial products will also be shown.  

For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Marilyn Estes at (804) 481-0485 or or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office ( or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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