Saturday, December 26, 2015

Thank You!!

Thank you to for supporting our Pop-Up shop this year. We will be back next year. If you need any socks or warm and cozy alpaca wear, please find us here: www.viaverdefarm.com. 

Whiskey Bandit says "Thank You!!"


Monday, October 26, 2015

Upcoming Events

Tis the season once again and we will be out and about at different venues with our beautiful alpaca products.

I hope I can see you at one of our upcoming events.

UNIQUE GIFTS AND EASY SOLUTIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYS FROM THE PEOPLE YOU KNOW AND TRUST

Get your holiday shopping started in a relaxing home environment, while you enjoy refreshments and many friends.
Visit 8 unique artisans and consultants displaying unique gifts, jewelry, vintage decor, baked goods, woolen goods, cosmetics and sign up for DIY paint classes and more. 

Stop by Thursday, November 5th 5-10pm or

Friday, November 6th 10am-4pm


WE ARE FRIENDS SUPPORTING FRIENDS....WE BELIEVE!!!

And

The Holiday Expo At Forest Hills Eastern High School


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Our Farm is Moving!

I just wanted to update everyone on the status of our farm. We sold it recently and will be moving to another property which is smaller and more manageable for me. Everything happened so quickly. We weren't expecting to sell the farm that fast. I am now packing and moving my things to a temporary home until we can find a new farm. My alpacas are going to be boarded with a good friend and will be moved home when we settle. I will maintain my website and I will have a booth at the Holiday Expo at FHE in November. I am planning on the opening the Pop-up Shop in Ada on Black Friday as I did last year. Once settled I will have new, fresh plans for our farm. Good things are to come! I will keep you posted on our progress.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Moth Prevention For Your Fiber & Wool

For all those Fiber enthusiasts out there...you know what I am talking about. You are rummaging through your fiber stash and then you see it. You have a sick sinking feeling in your stomach. You begin to panic. You dig deeper into your stash. You see more of them. Yes, the dreaded moth.


All of us that have stashes of fiber know that it is only time until we see the moth amongst our lovely, soft and gorgeous fiber. We work hard to keep them at bay by storing our fiber in clear plastic tubs, adding cedar or lavender to repel them. But really what works?

Here are a few tips to help you keep those dang things out of your stash.

1. Clean Your Fiber. Always clean your fiber before storing it. That means washing it. If you must store dirty fleeces, keep them in a separate place and not with your stash. And try to clean them as soon as possible. I write this as I have 15 dirty fleeces waiting to be skirted and sent off to the mill. It is on my to do list.

2. Store Your Fiber. Store wool/fiber in clean, clear plastic tubs (I like the kind with the locking handles) or bags which are tightly sealed.

3. Add A Repellant. Add cedar balls or blocks, lavender dryer sheets work well too, in with your fiber. You can spray lavender water on the fiber but be sure to let it dry before sealing the tub or bag. Cedar and lavender don't work to repel moths unless they smell. The concentration of the scent is what repels them. I don't recommend moth balls here. They are a possible carcinogen and plus they stink. Moth balls are not a good combo for natural fiber.

4. Check Your Fiber. Frequently check your stash. Be sure that your cedar or lavender still is emitting a scent. Check to make sure your tub or bag is sealed tightly.

5. Use Your Stash. Don't let it sit forever and a half. Use it-spin it, knit it, sell it, gift it or whatever. I know, I know, fiber people like to hoard.

6. Vacuum. If it can be vacuumed such as a knitted garment, rug or yarn, do it. You can take the attachment hose and vacuum up the dreaded things. Be sure you get the worms. They look like this.

The worms look like pieces of white string. When you scratch them with your nail they are gritty. 

7. Use Traps. You can pick up some moth traps at the grocery store. They are located in the household section. They emit a pheromone that attracts the male moth. Place them strategically about your fiber room. You can buy them here.



8. Clean. Yep, you have to clean your fiber room. As our creative juices are flowing we tend to throw fiber all over the place and set things down where ever as we are caught up in the moment of carding, spinning or dyeing. Try to make a time once a month to vacuum and dust your space. Get into the corners and around the floorboards. Keeping your fiber room clean and neat will help you manage your stash and moths infestations.

9. Freeze It. If all the above fails and it is something you cannot bear to throw away, you can place the stuff in a plastic bag and throw it in the freezer two weeks. A deep freezer works great for this.   This will kill any moths or worms that are making their home in your stuff. I scared the living daylights out of my husband doing this. He opened the freezer and there was a two foot standing alpaca inside!

10. Bake It. Place your items in a ziplock bag and throw it in the back of the car. Be sure it is hot out side and your car is parked in the sun. This will kill any larva or moths.

If anyone tells you they don't get moths this is just not true. Where there is yummy wool and fiber there are moths. It is just a fact of life.

Do you have any more suggestions? Let me know. Write a comment.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Some Farm Improvements and a Few New Friends


Just a few new happenings around the barn.


 The ducks have a newly landscaped "duck boat." Complete with stairs. Next up will be some butterfly bushes for them to relax under and make the duck area look all pretty. 

 One of the feral cats had four kittens. My friend Rena took two of the babies. I have two black cuties left. I am planning on taking them to Carol's Ferals to be spayed/neutered as I really need to get a grip on the number of cats around the barn. 


Found a turtle creeping up the driveway. It is turtle mating season and they are on the move!
That is all the news from the farm this week. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Shearing Day 2015

Oh what a day! We had a great time and thank you to all who participated in making it a successful and drama free morning. The alpacas are all shorn for another year and I am grateful for their beautiful fiber that will now be made into yarn and for all the awesome people who came out to see the shearing. Thanks!!

Met new friends! Thanks to Natasha Ohlman.

Houssam Attal made a great collage of all our fun.

And the day wouldn't be complete without the alpacas!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Newly designed website!

I just finished redoing my website. Take a look. It was really easy to do. I was surprised about this because I am not a technical person. Now to finish the online store...... and think about snowless days!

www.viaverdefarm.com



Friday, January 30, 2015

The Michigan Fiber Industry Coalition Co-op


Brand new and almost up and running -The Michigan Fiber Industry Coalition Co-op. 

In a nutshell,  the Michigan Fiber Industry Coalition Coalition Cooperative is a co-op designed for farmers and fiber enthusiasts alike. Farmers will receive fair market payment for their raw fiber. Plus get membership benefits such as a discount on Michigan grown yarn. Yarn will be made from the collected fiber. Fiber enthusiasts can join the MIFICC CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)  to purchase yarn shares from pure Michigan fiber!

The MIFICC began in 2011 when a group of fiber growers contacted the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) for assistance in becoming a cooperative. MDARD connected them to Michigan State University's Product Center. The Michigan yarn and fiber mills joined the team and voila, three years later, with lots of meetings, brainstorming and groundwork, the Michigan Fiber Industry Coalition Co-op is official!

Owned by fiber farmers, and designed to benefit fiber farmers, MIFICC promotes the growing and production of fine fiber animals. We invest in the processing, and you receive value added products. It will be a sustainable plan that keeps local farmers growing and selling their angora, alpaca, bison, camel, cashmere, llama, mohair, wool and yak fibers in Michigan.

The MIFICC CSA supports our local fine fiber farmers by offering for purchase skeins of yarn in packages of 10-a total of 1000 yards of Michigan grown and processed fiber.

If you are interested in the Farmer's Co-op or the CSA you may contact one of the following persons on our board to find out more information:

Tamara Miller 616-460-9876
Bridget Patrick 517-927-9368
Sheila Miller 517-645-2719

Check out our latest news story in the Rapid Growth Media MIFIC.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Via Verde Website is under construction!

My website is down for a bit so that I can add a shopping cart and store for the farm.We will be up and running in a few weeks. I will have new items available and some very pretty yarn from my alpacas.

Meanwhile we are enjoying the snow here on the farm!