Full Service Alpaca Ranch 1hr from San Francisco!
After years of planning...waiting...we've MADE it to our beautiful ranch on the main road to Point Reyes National Seashore, in the heart of Marin County's agricultural lands! We sell alpacas (suri and huacaya), we sell their fleece, we board alpacas--our goal is to support a thriving alpaca breeding community in the North San Francisco Bay area!
Welcome to Alpacas of Marin at Green Rock Ranch in Nicasio, CA!
||Reaching New Heights!
||Alpacas and their long-horned neighbors--peaceful co-existence.!
||A friendly welcome to all!
Because we have taken a different approach towards alpaca ranching, we can offer a unique perspective on the alpaca business. We continued to work full-time in our professions in Southern California, dreaming of the day that we will bring our alpacas to our ranch property in Marin County, north of San Francisco (you know...hot tubs, Jerry Garcia, "flower power"...Well, things HAVE changed since the 1960's!!) Since 2006, we agisted (boarded) our alpacas at five different ranches on the West coast, from Northwestern Oregon to Southern California. This was a real advantage--we learned different approaches to alpaca husbandry and sales from a spectrum of successful alpaca ranchers. We also expanded our contacts to the Midwest and the East Coast, as we purchased high quality animals from coast to coast. When you develop relationships with ranchers across the country, you have mentors all over the United States!
Because we were still involved in full time private practices, we enjoyed the full benefit of the small business tax deductions of our burgeoning alpaca business. What better opportunity could there be to apply the deductions from developing your alpaca business, than when you are earning near your peak income in your primary business? This could only be possible for us because we boarded our animals with seasoned ranchers with a wealth of experience. We are not tax professionals, and we are rather conservative in applying tax planning strategies, but we have found that even in a "down" market, the alpaca industry was beneficial for our "bottom line"!
We are fortunate to have boarded our herd with Jan and Dale Davis at Derwydd Alpacas; icons in the alpaca industry who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and limitless enthusiasm to the business. We also boarded with Sonia Marygold, of Tanglewood Suri Alpacas--she has been a wise, gentle, and enthusiastic mentor to us. It is surprising how much support there is for new breeders in the alpaca industry. This was one of the things that drew us towards alpaca ownership.
We have made the move to our ranch in Nicasio, CA--on the main road to Point Reyes Station from HWY 101. West Marin county is a gorgeous vacation and "day trip" haven, but it is also an area with a strong and historic agricultural tradition, and a rich tradition of fiber artistry. We hope to help build an alpaca breeding and fiber industry in the North San Francisco Bay area.
We firmly believe that to purchase an alpaca from a breeder is to establish a lasting relationship with that breeder as a mentor, a friend, and a colleague.
Please feel free to browse our inventory. We welcome a visit from anyone seriously considering alpaca ownership (or leasing!) or purchasing raw alpaca fiber. We hope to be involved in the local 4-H and Future Farmers groups, however we are unable to accommodate casual visits to "look at" alpacas at this time.