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Ash Fork
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 36.4
Persons: 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 8178
Region: Southwest

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Last Updated: July 30, 2019

We are a 90 acre family-run alpaca farm in the mountains of Northern Arizona. Alpacas are easy on the environment, thrive in our harsh high desert clime, and provide a peaceful interlude with a sweet face. We strive to minimize environmental impact while growing our herd of these incredible, intelligent animals. The alpacas' and goats' fiber provides us with crafting and clothing options, such as spinning, weaving, felting, knitting and crocheting. We are on solar power, completely off the grid, recycle everything we can, and must do for ourselves and our animals. We grow a large garden and practice sustainable pasture improvement.

We are NOT vegan, but believe in humane practices and good, healthful eating -- practicing this can sometimes be a challenge.

Our Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs keep range cattle and predators away from our alpacas and barn cats. They all are just neat with individual personalities as well.
At over 5100 feet elevation, our Fall and Winter weather is quite cold and changeable. Usually it's windy and cold, but sometimes warms during the day. Spring and Summer can be hot (100 degrees F), rainy and always windy. Workers are welcome all year with two private and shared rooms, camping and RVing ok. AmTrak, airports and taxis available in nearby towns. Nearby Grand Canyon, -Railroad, -Caves, Sedona, Oak Creek, Prescott, Flagstaff, national monuments, the San Francisco Peaks, and abundant wildlife offer recreational opportunities.
Workers need to arrive on a Tuesday or Friday afternoon and be able to work independently on the farm, two week minimum stay suggested. We expect 20-40 hours of work weekly depending on intensity for room and board. Must be open to education, able to negotiate stairs, enjoy animals, wilderness and the sun and speak English.

NO SPECIAL DIETS INCLUDING VEGAN-VEGETARIAN, no young children or pets please -- exception may be made for one (1) small dog that ignores cats.

Requests for help may include fencing, herd health (handling the alpacas!), carpentry, roofing, harvesting meat/fiber/feathers etc., gardening, housekeeping, weed control, construction, road work, conservation measures, water and pasture management. We practice sustainable agriculture and low-impact alpaca farming. Come enjoy our alpacas and help keep Arizona beautiful!
Our insurance requires all helpers must be 21 years of age or older. Proof and waiver will be required.

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