June 24, 2013
Meet Our New Champion Herdsire

 

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We are so proud to have MFI Peruvian Touchless join our family. He is the 2012 AOBA National Halter Show Reserve Color Champion.  Another champion son of mega champion LMFI Peruvian Playboy, he is following in his famous sire’s footsteps. He is the perfect example of an excellent alpaca phenotype with an elite fleece to match. His fleece is both soft and dense, with excellent brightness. Touchless’ dam is MFI Accoyo True Touch, the full Accoyo daughter of 6Peruvian Titan and Miss Accoyo Tammy Faye. Accoyo Titan sold in the 2007 Breeder’s Choice Auction to the Alpaca Group NW for $250,000. He is famous for producing richly colored alpacas such as the All American Futurity Color Champion PC Running Late as well as half-accoyo BLACK son MFI Peruvian Lethal Weapon.

His dam Accoyo Tammy Faye is the daughter of accoyo PPPeruvian Auzengate who sold to a farm in Australia where he enjoyed a famous, successful breeding career, making the selection of his progeny here in North America extremely rare! Touchless has outstanding ancestors throughout his amazing pedigree. This blending of the Dakotia/Jericho/Jeremiah line with that of Accoyo Titan and Accoyo Auzengate is something at which to marvel!

 

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October 18, 2012
Harvest on the ‘Hooch

On Sunday October 14 Crafdal took four juvenile alpacas to the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia to sponsor Harvest on the ‘Hooch. Children and adults enjoyed viewing and patting the animals. They enjoyed the attention too!

The Harvest on the ‘Hooch goals were:

  • To build awareness and support for CNC’s work of supplying fresh fruit and vegetables to the food pantry of North Fulton Community Charities
  • To educate the general public about the environmental and health benefits of “farm to table”
  • To promote overall health through better eating while connecting with nature

September 25, 2012
1949 GMC Pickup For Sale!

Beautifully restored 1949 GMC pickup for sale. The truck has been lovingly maintained and garaged.

• Converted to 12 Volt battery
• Seat belts
• Signal lights
• New carburetor and fuel pump

Make this the signature for your farm. Imagine your logo on this classic truck!

Call Carolyn Crafts for more details at 770.519.5731. Asking $20,000.

July 19, 2012
Seminar Weekend in November with Tripp Forstner . . . Register Now!


When: November 10-11, Starting at 9 a.m.
Where: Crafdal Farm in Beautiful Madison, Ga.

Registration Form

Tripp Forstner, manager of Magical Farm in Litchfield, Ohio will visit Crafdal Farm November 10-11 to share thoughts on and recommendations for purchasing and breeding alpacas. He promises to bring with him assorted fleeces from many of Magical’s prize animals so that workshop attendees can touch, compare and learn.

As an added bonus, on the evening of the seminar, experience a wine-tasting hosted by Tripp. This will be followed by a gourmet dinner prepared by Carolyn Crafts, to be served in the Crafdal Farm hayloft.

 

Chiropractic Health for Alpacas

Sunday morning will feature a presentation on large animal chiropractic by Christina Dayton, DVM, of Jersey, Georgia. Dr. Christina Dayton is certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association in animal chiropractic. She is excited about being able to offer this new therapy to both large and small animals.

 

Skirting for Show or Mill

Additionally on Sunday there will be a skirting demonstration for both mill and show fleeces by Lisa Hertan of Island Overlook Farms. Demonstration with question and answer period explaining the intricacies of preparing your fleece to go to the mill for processing and/or how to prepare your fleece for show.

 

Registration

Registration is now open: info@crafdalfarm.com or 770-519-5731
Registration Fee: $125 per person for the two day workshop, $100 for second person from same farm
Saturday evening wine tasting dinner party: $25 per person

Download this registration form to reserve your spot today!

July 5, 2012
The Russians Are Here!

A multiple-frame hive of Russian honeybees arrived at the farm on July 1. This is an established colony of bees purchased from the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The Nature Center needed to move the hive out of concern for its proximity to their young campers. Nobody likes a bee sting, especially at camp!

Why Russian? Because they have an innate resistance to mites, and do not require antibiotics. They are far less vulnerable to colony collapse. This honeybee variety originated in the Primorsky Krai region of Russia, the original native range of the varroa mite, and were imported to the US in 1997 by the USDA for breeding programs to improve the declining native populations of honeybees.

There are thousands of bees in the five frames of our new hive, and we look forward to them pollinating everything growing all over the farm. We received a pint of harvested honey along with the colony and can’t wait for the twice-yearly honey harvests in the future!

June 26, 2012
New Entrance Sign for the Farm

Our new entrance sign is now in place, and it’s beautiful! The backing board is made from reclaimed privacy fencing, and the timber frame logo is from cedar scraps from barn building projects. The entire piece is the design of my creative daughter Laurel who lovingly added the finishing touches of purple paint on the letters.

June 26, 2012
Everything’s Coming Up Corn and Potatoes!

Big happenings at Crafdal Farm! We just harvested ten bushels of delicious sweet corn (Honey Select, Silver Queen and Golden Queen) and a huge quantity of redskin potatoes. The largest one was 2.5 lbs.! We had plenty for family meals, and we were so happy to share our abundance with the Roswell Food Bank.

June 25, 2012
Crafdal Farm’s Weekend Workshop with Tripp Forstner Rescheduled for Fall

Tripp Forstner, manager of Magical Farm in Litchfield, Ohio will visit Crafdal Farm November 10-11 to share thoughts on and recommendations for purchasing and breeding alpacas. He promises to bring with him assorted fleeces from many of Magical’s prize animals so that workshop attendees can touch, compare and learn.

Tripp will host a Saturday evening wine tasting at a sit-down dinner in the Crafdal Farm hay loft. Sunday morning will feature a presentation on large animal chiropractic by Christina Dayton, DVM, of Jersey, Georgia. Additionally on Sunday there will be a skirting demonstration for both mill and show fleeces.

Reserve your spot today!

Registration is now open: ccrafts1440@gmail.com or 770-519-5731
Registration Fee: $125 per person for the two day workshop
Saturday evening wine tasting dinner party: $25 per person

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