Long Plains Alpacas is a well established alpaca farm in Maine with a herd of about 50 animals and home of Lana Plantae naturally dyed yarns Our focus, obsession and passion is our very fine alpaca wool colored with natural dyes. We grow many plants on the farm and also responsibly harvest from nature. Our alpacas are white and extremely soft which provides us the palette on which to use natural, non- petroleum based dyes. The color of nature is magnificent and varied. Even batch to batch colors can never be exactly replicated as there are so many variables– genetics, sun, rain, soil conditions, and temperatures. The color possibilities in nature are endless.
On our farm we handle all the duties ourselves. The care and husbandry of the alpacas, the shearing and sorting of fiber. Much of the wool goes on to a local mill for spinning in to yarn but some is retained for washing, carding, and spinning by hand. All the natural dye work is done on the farm and many hand crafted products are made. Where else can you get clothing that from the beginning in its raw state is handled by the same people. There is intimacy, care, and a lot of hard work as well as art in everything we create on the farm.
Coming in 2013--- Stay in our cozy 1 bedroom suite and soak up the ambiance of the farm while learning about alpacas and natural dyes. Located in southern Maine, less than 20 miles from the beautiful coast and less than 20 miles from the Sebago Lakes Region. Perfect for a vacation!