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The heat is on, thanks to sunshine and alpaca poo


Northumberland Gazette



Published on Saturday 14 April 2012 06:00

AN alpaca farm has gone green by generating enough electricity to power and heat the entire property with help from renewable energy company Opus Green.

When Paul and Debbie Rippon bought a plot of land at Elsdon to build their own home and outbuildings for their alpaca and sheep farming business, they decided that they did not want to rely on fossil fuels such as gas or oil to heat their property.

Instead, they decided to design their property so that it was as self-sustainable and eco-friendly as possible and went for renewable energies.

The Rippons moved to the North East in 1996 when Paul joined a bank. He now divides his time between the farm and a portfolio of other business interests.

They have built up Barnacre Alpacas at Raylees over the last five years, breeding and selling award-winning, friendly alpacas and hand-crafted luxury products knitted from their fibre.

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The boys in the barn

Busy Niagara thoroughfare home to Wild Violet Alpacas




Apr 02, 2012


It’s a busy Thursday afternoon in Niagara Falls. Cars whiz past a tiny home on Thorold Stone Road.

The five inhabitants of a small barn behind an isolated home on that ribbon of road, near Kalar Road which connects Thorold to Niagara Falls are oblivious to the hustle and bustle passing by their home. That small barn in home to Gabe, Pip, Cody, Oscar and Caleb. All five are Hucaya Alpacas boarding at Wild Violet Alpacas in Niagara Falls.

Originally from St. Catharines, Dave and Laurie Corriveau started Wild Violet six years ago after a brief “retirement” up north.

“We thought we were ready to retire,” Laurie says from inside a boutique featuring fashions fashioned from Alpaca wool. “We got bored.”

Laurie began to work in Alpaca boutiques to get a feel for the business before she and Dave made the move back to Niagara, found a location, purchased a number of the animals and set up shop at what has become Wild Violet Alpacas.

“We were both interested in Alpacas,” Laurie says. “We had never done any farming. It was a whole new experience.”

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D.C.'s Newest Occupiers Are Fluffy, Furry and Flame-Retardant


March 30, 2012

A group of about 150 seasoned political demonstrators marched today from Franklin Square to the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, but the main attractions were the fuzzy creatures at the head of the march.

Leading the path were two brown alpacas, property of Susan Morris, a former EPA official who organized the rally to protest what she and others see as poor treatment of whistleblowers by the agency. Morris, a former deputy director of the EPA's civil rights office, says she was dismissed after raising concerns the agency was violating the Civil Rights Act in its treatment of another employee who had suffered a hostile work environment.

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