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Do you shear your own animals? Does it harm them?We currently shear our pygoras ourselves. The pygoras are shorn twice a year and it is a quick process that they are familiar with and they are fairly relaxed throughout. Mostly, they enjoy the attention and the treats they recieve while on the stand. It does not harm them. Some pygora goats that have Type C fleece do not need to be shorn. All three of ours do need to be shorn. We are currently training to shear our alpacas. Alpacas are shorn once a year in spring and it is a stressful process for them. In 2020, we hired professional shearers at Moonrise Alpaca Shearing with the goal of reducing stress and harm as much as possible for our animals. After careful consideration of available methods, we opted to do the laydown/tie method for our alpacas and will continue this method ourselves once fully trained. It is necessary to sheer alpacas as they do not shed their fiber on their own.
Do you breed fiber animals?At this time we are not breeding fiber animals. We may breed pygora goats in the future. All of our alpacas will are rescues and we are committed to not breeding these animals due to the significant number of them that end up at auctions and rescues.
When will you have more flowers in stock?All of our products are grown at Pine Lake. We do not source additional flowers from elsewhere to help us know where our products are from, how they are grown, and what labor was used to produce and harvest them. Unfortunately, we have limited quantities available each growing season. We will offer pre-order for peonies in Spring 2022.
Where do you get your lumber and forest products?All our lumber products come from Pine Lake. We offer primarily hemlock, douglas fir, red cedar, and vine maple. Many are trees downed by storms or harvested due to disease, danger, or encroachment on an existing tree. In 2020, we lost around 5 very large trees and in 2021 have lost two so far. With the two douglas fir we had to take down in 2021, we have ~200 feet of large main trunk and many branches. Much of the fir needles will be eaten by the goats as it is their favorite snack. The remaining branches and trunk will be broken down and used on-site or sold for art and unique goods. Maintaining the health of our small forest is part of our mission and we continue to evaluate it's long-term health and plant trees that will thrive as our local climate changes and become more extreme.
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