We have been waiting and waiting for them...
They finally arrived yesterday!
Alpacas! Three females and their cria...two white girls and a carmel colored little boy.
And MoJo our new male (neutered...shhh don't tell him)
They are very curious about everything in their new home, the dog, the kids, and especially the llamas!
Who were equally curious about them. They have been staring across the field at each other since yesterday...just staring!
So today we are just hanging out getting to know each other!
As with the other animals around here the Alpacas are just for fun. I probably won't do anything with them but enjoy their company. Farm ornaments as I like to call them!
But I will gladly use their manure in the garden...if they are anything like the llamas there will be a few very large community piles around the pasture which are easy to collect. I add them to the compost pile or directly to the beds a few weeks before planting in the spring, either way the stuff is marvelous!
So my question for you is...
Do you have animals?
Do you incorporate them in your KinderGARDEN?
Besides the manure from the animals in the pasture we have a cat that hangs out in the garden keeping down the mice.
We also let the ducks into the garden from time to time to help with the slugs.
The chickens free range in the garden in the winter to to eat whatever they can find.
And let's not forget the rock star of the garden...
Ollie, he lives full time in the garden in a 'rabbit tractor' of sorts. He is moved around from here to there eating down unwanted grass and leaving his little pellets behind to fertilize...yes he is indeed a superstar!
Note: if you follow the above link I apologize ahead of time for the skinny dipping reference and the turky head thing...sorry.
That's all I've got...what about you?
I can't wait to hear about what critters you guys have!
New Blog Button...notice there is now a 'Grow to Give' button in the right sidebar? Each week I will update it and in the tomato put the amount in pounds of food we give away. Just let me know and I'll keep a runny tally.
I'm so thrilled that we are teaching our little ones to think outside of themselves to help those in need!
Here is a link to the original post on Grow to Give if you want more information on where to give to.
Next week we are going to have a scavenger hunt for the kids...come prepared to play!