Windham farm fundraiser honors child who died
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, during a recent visit to the Windham farm. (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.
Last week a third baby arrived at Snow Pond Farm during the final hours of Halloween. The family named him Spooky."That last one was a bit of a surprise," Wendy Lundquist said.About 30 suri alpacas, which have long, pencil-like curly fleece than the fluffier and more common huacaya alpacas, live at Snow Pond Farm.
Since then, it's truly been a family affair.
Wendy's sister, Julie, brother-in-law Matt and her three nephews assist in daily feedings and stall mucking, while her brother, Bryan, is in charge of the farm's website.
"Most people are surprised to learn how easy these animals are to take care of," Wendy said. "They're very mellow and so enjoyable to watch."
"Sometimes the babies at the day care are crying — that's when we'll take them for a walk outside," Wendy Lundquist said. "Most of the time, the crying stops right away. There's just something about those alpacas."
"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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