Visitors to Windham farm pay $1 for chance to name baby alpaca and help a good cause
Wendy Lundquist of Snow Pond Farm in Windham shows off some of the handcrafted alpaca fleece items, such as this hat knitted by her mother, Pam.APRIL GUILMET
At Snow Pond Farm in Windham, a yet-to-be-named baby alpaca, born on Labor Day, will be helping in other ways as well.
Co-owner Pam Lundquist, who also operates her day-care center on the premises, said the plan is to raise funds for the charity Autism Speaks in memory of one of her former students.
This isn't the first time Ella has been honored at the farm. A similar fundraiser last year raised more than $850 for Autism Speaks. And a baby alpaca born on Columbus Day is named Ella's Bella.
"That last one was a bit of a surprise," Wendy Lundquist said.
Church groups and senior citizen organizations are regular guests at the farm, as are area schoolchildren.
Though the family also operates a small store where guests can purchase alpaca fleece products, no purchase is necessary to stop by and get to know the animals a little better.
"But if we're home, people are always welcome to come by during the week," Pam Lundquist said. "Just give us a call first."
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