On October 5, 2001, Doris & Darwin Kell started Bent Pine Alpaca Farm. The Kell’s bred, showed, and sold many extremely high quality alpacas. The Kell’s also mentored many new alpaca owners and were fundamental in the creation of Cumberland County’s 4-H Alpaca club. For over 18 years, this 16 acre farm has been the home to many alpacas and the education center to many 4-H & FFA youth.
As the years past, the Kell’s decided to retire in 2017. They were blessed to find new owners who wanted to continue raising alpacas and expanding the farm’s outreach and education opportunities to the community.
The new owners, the Hanson’s, have a goal to expand the farm, which is currently home to 23 alpacas, 2 llamas, and 20 chickens. The Hanson’s were raised on farms in New York and Ohio and have served in the military over over 26 years.
Currently, the farm hosts 4-H and FFA youth and provides an excellent venue for education programs. Additionally, we continue to grow the agritourism side of the alpaca industry. We host daycare groups, senior citizen groups, adult daycare, girl scouts, boy scouts, and church groups, just to name a few.
Visitors to the farm have an opportunity to see many alpaca products as we carry new and exciting items with some made directly from our alpaca’s fiber, which is environmentally friendly and hypoallergenic.
As a new offering, we are currently composting the alpaca’s manure and soon we will have that for sale. This organic, chemical free, soil enhancer will make your flowers and gardens bloom brighter than you have ever seen and we hope this is a big hit with the community. Additionally, we have been in touch with our local guilds and will be scheduling knitting and crochet classes. Growing and expanding our offerings will allow us to continue to provide the core youth education programs.
We appreciate the communities support and look forward to continued growth.
Check back with us for upcoming events and new endeavors.