As you might have already known 2009 has been declared The International Year of Natural Fibers by the United Nations to help promote the production of textiles using Natural Fibers. They sent out an email blast this morning releasing all their marketing supplies ranging from the video embedded above to brochures and posters.
If you run a Natural Fiber business, farm, or run events these are great marketing collateral you can share with your community to help promote the International Year.
Everyone here at Golden Touch Alpaca Farm is happy to announce a brand new addition to our Fiber Nook and Online Farm Store.
Our Casual Dress Alpaca Socks combine the durability everyone loves about our Survival Socks with a lightweight knit so you can enjoy your alpaca socks in every season! The Upper Calf and top of the foot is a lightweight alpaca knit to keep your feet the perfect temperature while the bottom of the foot has an Alpaca Terry Loop knit for extra padding and comfort. We re-enforced the Heal and Toe and added support in the middle of the foot and above the ankle to ensure a proper fit every time. We are really excited about these new socks and we are sure you will be too! Available in Charcoal Grey and Fawn - Hypoallergenic, Undyed, Made in USA with N. American Alpaca Fiber!
Contents: 80% Alpaca, 15% Nylon, 5% Lycra
For more information and to purchase you can make an appointment to visit our Fiber Nook or shop online at our Farm Store, Golden Touch Naturals.
We are very excited to announce the addition of two brand new Jr. Herdsires to our alpaca herd, Black Tiger, and Asteroid's Kryptonite. We can't wait to get their genetics into our herd, stay tuned for more updates.
Here is the story of our trip:
Right after the holidays we made a trip to Ohio. Before Thanksgiving I had purchased a young male alpaca with the hopes of adding him to our herd sire row. I am always on the look out for up and coming males that can add to my breeding program and when I saw Asteroid's Kryptonite listing from Starling Farm, he immediately caught my eye. After looking at his fiber samples, and pedigree I made the decision to purchase him.
We planned our trip right after Christmas as our window of opportunity to travel was very limited. Chris has a very aggressive travel schedule and we are also expecting our first grand daughter the beginning of February. With our fingers crossed we decided to leave on Dec. 27, 08. I have to say we couldn't of picked a better weekend weather wise, it was clear and mild. It was almost hard to believe that the week prior, New York and Ohio had a snow storm each that dropped 12 inches. Fate was on our side!
On the way we also made a stop at Spirit Wind Alpaca Farm and had a wonderful visit with Karen and Jerry. If time had not been pressing us I could of stayed for hours talking alpacas and fiber. We finished the rest of our journey that day arriving in Ohio at 7:00 pm and the temperature was 67 degrees (unheard of for the time of year).
The plan was to pick up Kryptonite at 8:00 the following morning. We were also transporting another alpaca "Just Sam" for Cyndee Thompson in New Hampshire. Just prior to arriving at the farm my nerves started racing and I began questioning my decision. I asked myself, Were my expectations too high? and Was I going to be disappointed? Having never seen the animal first hand, there is always that gut feeling that you missed something in the photos and fiber samples. It would have been very disappointing to travel all that distance to be let down, but I have to say all those questions quickly disappeared the minute I laid eyes on him. It was love at first sight and he was more than I expected him to be. It was so great to meet his owner in person, Jackie Kraft. We had talked so many times through email or on the phone and now I had the opportunity to meet her in person and put a face with the name and voice.
We loaded up the "boys" and had a brief visit before packing up ourselves and heading back towards home. We had one more stop to make and that was at Humalot Alpaca Farm. Brenda and Jim were only an hour away from Jackie Craft and I didn't want to miss the chance to meet them and some of their alpacas. I had called her the day before and told her we would be in the area and if possible to stop in. Being a holiday weekend you just never know what peoples plans are. They warmly welcomed us with a tour of their farm and alpacas, finished off with a great cup of coffee. We enjoyed our visit so much and their alpacas we bought one more. Humalot Black Tiger. Tiger is just over a year old, is true black, with a fine, yet dense beautifully crimped fiber which is very hard to find in black so I'm happy to add him to our herd sire lineup. In this one trip across half the country and back we managed to add some great genetics to our existing herd and are excited about future breedings.
The trip was so much fun but a little too rushed for my liking. We left here on my birthday, Sat. morning at 4:30am, stopped at three alpaca farms, spanning over 1400 miles and still managed to arrive at our farm by 10pm Sunday. Birthday's don't get much better than that!!! I wonder how I can top it next year.
Our Online Farm Store is up and running and accepting orders for the holiday season. To ensure you get your items in time please place all orders by Dec. 17th.
We carry Alpaca Clothing and Accessories, All Natural Soaps and Body Care, Organic Teas, locally crafted Jewelery, Pottery, and some amazing one of a kind copper artwork.
Everything in our Farm Store is what we Consider Guilt Free. Guilt Free can mean many things, but to Golden Touch Farm, it
symbolizes responsible artisans and businesses who use only the
freshest and highest quality ingredients, supplied by other local
businesses, to produce a sustainable and Eco-conscious item. The story
behind how a product is made, how and out of what it is made, where and
by who it was made, and who benefits from the sale of it should all be
positive. All of the items in our store live up to these Rules, and we are proud of everything we offer.
For a limited time we are offering 10% Off All Orders over $50, simply type in the Coupon Code: TEDDYBEAR at checkout to receive your discount on checkout.
We are posting this now because we won't have a chance tomorrow with the whirlwind that is our Thanksgiving tradition. Each year we invite family and friends over to our farm and cook up a massive meal and enjoy each others company. This year we will be hosting for over 30 people and cooking a 25lb Turkey as well as a Ham. Needless to say, it will be busy around these parts tomorrow, actually starting a few days ago, but once we are in full swing I am certain I will not be around the computer.
We wanted to take this moment to wish you all a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. Although this year has certainly been one for the History bokos, and not all in the positive light, what we have learned more than ever is above anything else, You can always count on your Family and close Friends and that is what we will be celebrating this year.
To get you in the mood, below is a video we shot last winter of Wild Turkeys that graze our yard from time to time. Not all turkey's are for eating! Over the years they have become more and more part of our family and I think they feel the same way. Enjoy the Video!
Note: If the video stutters for you, hover your mouse over the video and click the HD On button to set it off. It also helps to let the video fully load before hitting play.
Golden Touch Farm is happy to announce that we will be attending this
year's Westport Rivers Vineyard Holiday Open House as a vendor as well
as having our alpacas on display for the day. Come out and meet our
precious animals, browse our alpaca clothing and accessories, and take
a tour of the vineyard and taste some of their wonderful wines. An event for the entire family!
Here are the details! Hope to see you there!
Rivers Vineyard & Winery will be holding its Annual Holiday Open
House on Saturday, November 29, 2008 from 11am - 5pm at their family
farm winery in Westport. This Annual event is a fun day for the entire
family and an opportunity to sample local flavors and festivities.
Buzzards Bay Brewing will also be open and hosting their Holiday "Lager
Cafe" from 11am - 9pm. Both venues will feature outstanding local
foods, world class wine & award winning beer as well as live
Location: 417 Hixbridge Rd., Westport, MA Admission is Free
* Wine Tastings - throughout the day * Walking Vineyard Tours * Kettle fires throughout the day, Hayrides - bring your blanket * Pony rides by Pony Express available for a fee * 11-2pm Michael Higgins the Chain Sorcerer * Live entertainment and Christmas music all day, Christmas caroling, 2:30-4:30 The Showstoppers
* Local vendors and baked goods: Kettle Corn by Giggles, Delicious hot
sandwiches available from Route 66 Diner, Dartmouth Orchards - hot
cider & apples, Local artisan cheeses by Shy Brothers Farm and
Martin's Cheese, Equal Exchange Coffee & free Hot Cocoa, Starfish
Bakery, Black Cat Cookies, Kandies & Confections, Hana's Honey,
Langdon Farms Homemade pasta sauces * Children's activities in our Long Acre House, Ornament decorating * 11:30-2pm Story Teller and Children's Author Gretchen Pyne, "Lulu's Rose Colored Glasses" * 4:00 pm Christmas tree lighting ceremony * In the Russell Gallery (above our Company Store), UMass Dartmouth Fine Arts Graduate Students show and sales
Co-Op America recently released their Green Gift Giving Guide and our Alpaca Farm store is featured in it.
Here is the info from their site:
"This holiday season we're making green gift giving easier—and helping
you save money too. Our Green Gift Guide features special offers from
businesses listed in the National Green Pages™. So this year, show you care by giving gifts from businesses that support people and the planet."
Check out the entire post, there are over 50 Online stores offering great discounts on some great products, including our own:
Over the last year we have opened up our Farm Store, Golden Touch Naturals (http://www.goldentouchnaturals.com) and we are anxiously getting ready for the holiday shopping season. Our store is primarily online but we also have a Fiber Nook set up on the farm for people to browse and purchase alpaca goods during farm visits.
During the Summer we primarily were just working out the kinks and using the Farmer's Markets to jump start Word of Mouth about our store and farm. Now that Fall is underway and the Holiday Shopping Season is here for the next 6 weeks, we are taking a more active approach in getting our farm and store out there to the general public.
One great and free marketing technique is utiizing our online Video, Picture Galleries, and blogs like this one to really give visitors a great idea of what our farm and animals are like. Alpacas really have great charisma and people tend to fall in love with them at first site so the video and images have really helped us a lot.
Other techniques we are implementing for the first time are custom Press Releases which showcase how our Alpaca Farm is embracing the Internet and other techonologies to spread the word about our products and animals. We are excited and gearing up to do interviews with local media. It also seems that Online Coupon Marketing is a great way to give exclusive deals to online communities.
Have a great technique in how you showcase your farm for the Holiday Season? Don't hesitate to share it with us! We love the community and the ideas.