Moving From the Suburbs and Starting Cotton Creek Farms

When we decided to give up the suburbs and move north to the farm in 2015, some friends and family referred to it as a mid-life crisis. Our financial advisor Nancy called it living the dream. We refer to it as Life 2.0.

After living in the Detroit area for two decades, we said goodbye to high-stress jobs, long commutes, and way too busy schedules. In 2018 we officially moved into our Thompsonville, Michigan alpaca farm and began living a quieter life filled with open land, sunset views, and a herd full of alpaca love and goodness.

Today our farm has turned into a full business with 50+ alpacas and our rescued llama Lucy. We're members of the national Alpaca Owners Association (AOA), we're an AOA Mentor Farm For Youth, we're board members for the Alpaca Association of Michigan, and we operate a 4-H club called Farm and Fleece through the Northwest Michigan 4-H ​Livestock Council.

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Why Raise Alpacas?

Everyone who visits our active farm and store asks how we decided on raising alpacas. And while we can't remember how we started talking about camelids, we can tell you we knew at our core that an alpaca farm was the right decision.

A random stop at an alpaca farm was all it took for us to fall in love with these animals and know they were an important part of our Life 2.0 adventure.

Alpacas are social creatures who are smart, curious, and highly trainable. Once you build their trust, they love humans and eagerly seek attention. And what is probably more important, alpaca create amazing fiber that is eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, as soft as cashmere, and three times warmer than sheep's wool.

Who wouldn't fall in love with these magical creatures?

Our Objectives in Farming

  • Maintain a healthy herd based on sound livestock management
  • Establish a positive and nurturing environment for our alpacas
  • Create a breeding program that consistently improves the quality of our alpaca fleece quality, confirmation, and personality
  • Produce high-quality fiber that can be used to make sustainable products
  • Contribute to the alpaca industry within Michigan and the United States
  • Carefully match prospective alpaca owners to the right animals so their objectives and goals are obtained
  • Offer services that support new and existing alpaca farms
  • Educate the public on the magic of alpacas
  • Create fun, family-friendly events through agritourism
  • Give back to the local community through events and 4-H involvement
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