Author Archives: David

About David

Making manifest the change I want to see in the world through the hospitality of a humble little homestead campground with yurts and alpacas.

Dirt! Of Sand, Ag Lime, and Diatomaceous Earth (and adding dirt to fodder mats!)

Alpacas are native to the Altiplano region of South America.  That’s a high desert region with sparse vegetation. In fact they are most adapted to such conditions.  So, when we were planning our homestead permaculture to incorporate them as our … Continue reading

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Barley Fodder: From Trials to Production

We have some really happy alpacas and llamas at Paca Pride Guest Ranch with the ramping up of our production system for growing barley fodder mats for their winter diet. Even the chickens are enjoying pecking around for the rogue … Continue reading

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Paca Pride Gets “Shear” Press Coverage!

The alpacas are all excited with the recent media coverage they received during shearing.  The hoards of crowds, and even a tour bus or two that arrived for viewing, enjoyed the pastoral scene with the vista views and the action … Continue reading

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Barley Fodder Sprouting Trials continued: New Flood and Drain Tray System Installed

To get a bit of background behind this project, read our previous blog entry entitled “From Seed to Feed”. In our Phase One Trials, we were performing a “proof of concept” with using barley grain seed and seedling propagation trays … Continue reading

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2012 Shearing Dates Announced!

We will be shearing our herd of alpacas over the course of 2 days this year starting Saturday, June 30th and Sunday July 1st. The general start time will be 10am and usually proceeds until around 5pm or until the … Continue reading

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From Seed to Feed in 8 days: Barley Fodder Sprouting Trials

This Spring we are exploring an alternative to how we are feeding our herd (and chickens too!) The idea comes from the notion of fresh sprouts as a “superfood”;  if eating sprouts are super healthy for humans, then wouldn’t that … Continue reading

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Tilth on a Gravel Pit

Its January, the middle of winter in the Pacific Northwest, and most people are not thinking about their garden or the task of gardening. But out here, in the mountains, our homestead is performing very important garden related activities that … Continue reading

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