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Spirit Wind Farm and Fiber Studio, established in 1999 and located in western New York State, just east of Rochester, is a dream that materialized for us. With the addition of our first alpacas in 2001, we bred for fleece characteristics valued in the textile industry...fineness, uniformity, brightness, staple length & density. We take pride in having stood by this commitment and where it positioned our breeding program in such a competitive industry. We personally cared for our alpacas, in addition to sorting, processing and marketing their fiber. With our selective breeding program and this hands-on approach, we focused on breeding alpacas to their fullest potential... producing fleeces the likes of which yielded the fabled fabrics coveted by Inca Royalty, as well as designers of today!
We would like to announce our retirement from the hands-on ownership of alpacas and operation of Spirit Wind Farm. For a small farm, we have achieved much success over the years, with the last 3-4 years, being some of our best. Though certainly bittersweet, it is the best decision for us at this time in our lives. Though we continue to retain partial interest in a few animals, they will reside at our partner's farms.
I truly believe that success has little to do with luck, timing or money and everything to do with passion, hard work and determination. The desire to succeed must be greater than any fear of mistakes or failure and for us it was. With my diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, a few years after purchasing our first alpacas, we knew our time in this business was apt to be brief and challenging in ways we did not then realize. However, with Maya Angelou’s quote always playing in my mind, our focus was not just to breed and sell alpacas, but to breed alpacas to their full potential in fleece quality, specifically fineness and uniformity. “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” Maya Angelou
I always look for signs that I'm on the right path in life and in this case, there were 3 that led me to believe that it was time for us to bow out. We had achieved our goals and felt that this past year, though plagued with several personal ups and downs, was one of our best in this business, for the first time in many years, our herd size was down to 24 and finding our dream home. I plan to continue with my work in fiber arts, as with the alpacas it has been so much more than a business. Working with the fleeces of our alpacas has always been a love of mine, which actually turned out to be an excellent form of therapy, both physically and emotionally.
We will always treasure the friendships we’ve made and memories of the past 15 years. They will no doubt bring both a smile and a tear, but we sure enjoyed the ride! God Bless