Canberra Handmade Market
7-9 December 2018
It’s that time again when we get to showcase our wonderful hand dyed and natural ranges of Australian alpaca yarn and fibre at the Canberra Handmade Markets – EPIC.
We will have a large range of new colours in both 4 and 8 ply ranges, the ever popular mini-skeins, and pattern packs.
FibreFest 2018 – Singleton
Shearing at One Tree Hill – 15 Oct 18
Click goes the shears…..shearing day was today. Thanks to our crack team of helpers – you made a hard day of work fun! Tomorrow is skirting fleece day for our next batch of future yummy alpaca yarn!
Royal Canberra Show
24-26 Feb 17
One Tree Hill Alpacas and Adagio Mill would like to thank our customers for visiting our trade stand at the Royal Canberra Show, and the positive support and encouragement from other alpaca breeders across our region promoting the diverse use of this wonderful fibre.
Alpaca Breeders Collection – Seeking Expressions of Interest
We are seeking expressions of interest from NSW alpaca breeders/owners who wish to produce and sell yarn or roving from their alpaca fleece, but don’t have the time nor the interest to actively sell their products.
We are setting up a consignment process where micro and small alpaca businesses are able to sell their yarn through us under the banner called: “Alpaca Breeders Collection”.
* Participants must sign a Breeders Agreement.
* Yarn and roving must be grown and produced in NSW.
* At this stage we will only be selling 100 grams skeins and roving.
* We will provide guidance to what yarn and roving our customers are wanting. This will occur before you process it and before we accept it for sale. There is no use making products that the customers do not want, instead let’s give them what they are asking for!
* The processing mills will supply guidance to the standard and quantity of fleece they need for processing.
* Yarn and roving can be dyed.
* Blends are encouraged (e.g. alpaca with merino).
* We will label all products and pack the roving into bags (for a consistent look). Cost of this sits with us.
* Breeder pays for the processing and transport costs (or you can drop the finished product to us on our farm or at a show/event).
* We sell standard yarn range for $25, premium range (at our approval) for $30 and roving for $15.
* We will sell through various means: website, Facebook, Instagram, markets and craft fairs.
* Once sold we take a small amount and pay the breeder the remainder.
What are we looking for? To encourage repeat purchases, we are looking for a very high standard of finished products, therefore we will insist on highest quality fleeces to get the highest quality end products. From talking with our customers, over the years, they are looking for high quality Australia grown and produced yarn/roving and this is what we aim to give them!
Angela’s background (as a bit of background to the ability to sell your products on your behalf). Angela, who is currently a WHS Advisor, previous career was in retail, where she ran a multi million business (yearly sales turnover) with approx. 300 staff and managers. She worked for the same company for 18 years where she started as a causal and worked her way up the chain to being a Store Manager of two stores before joining the Regional Team. Retail skills she will be now be using to sell your products!
About Us: We have been selling our alpaca products, including yarn and roving, for the past five years at local markets and online, with great success. We already have a loyal following of repeat customers who are hungry for more Australian grown and produced yarn and roving. We also are a regular mentions on various knitting and crochet podcasts (e.g. Addydae Designs), and growing list of followers on Instagram and Facebook.
We will be at the Royal Canberra Show in February showcasing our alpaca range in the Craft Pavilion (and showing our alpacas – yes trying to be in two places at once) so if you want more information you can either PM, email, call Angela on 0403 991 612 or come and see us at the Canberra Show.
Murrumbateman Field Days
The Murrumbateman Field Days are over again for another year. Thanks to everyone for dropping in and visiting us at the Southern NSW Alpaca Region Region.
If you are interested in finding out more on owning alpacas and the range of packages that we currently have available, please give us a call to arrange a farm visit.
2014 Alpaca Nationals (Bendigo) – 20 Sep 14
Our new little man – Satellite has just won third place, out of six, at the National Alpaca Show 2014 – Fancy Junior Males 6 to 12 months.
2014 Australian Alpaca Week
Canberra Wine Harvest Festival – Murrumbateman
Over the March/April period this year we opened our farm to the general public as part of the 2014 Australian Alpaca Week. This initiative allowed people who are interested in or looking at into getting into alpacas an opportunity to talk to about alpacas as pet, herd guard and utilising the benefits from their fleece. In addition, providing our neighbours back over the border in the ACT an opportunity to experience a day on the farm to meet, feed and touch an alpaca.
This was the third year that we have supported the Alpaca Week, and each year the interest is growing stronger as shown by the number of visitors to our farm in 2014. The weather had not been favourable over the first two weekends although we did need the rain, and on Sunday the 7th April 2014 we had enough breaks of sunshine to see an increase in the number of visitors touring around the Yass Valley region. This increase was attributable to the Canberra Wine Harvest Festival which fell over the same weekend. The Canberra Wine Harvest Festival is annual event to celebrate the harvest of wine grapes and processing by local wineries in the famous ‘Cool Climate’ region of Murrumbateman.
One of our visitors who dropped in on our farm on Sunday was Tara who hosts the website ‘In the Taratory’. Tara’s website is dedicated to reviewing anything and everything the ACT and surrounds have to offer. During her visits to a number of great local producers in the Murrumbateman region including the numerous Çool Climate’ wineries, Poachers Pantry and Robyn Rowe Chocolates she made the visit to our farm. To see the full review, click on the ‘In the Taratory’ wordpress page.
Thanks Tara for the fantastic feedback, it is greatly appreciated!! We’re glad you had such a positive experience, and we look forward to seeing you again next time you are out this way in October for the Murrumbateman Moving Feast Festival.