South Fork Farms
Address: 19115 Dike Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Miles off of I-5: 3
Farm Name: South Fork Farms
Owner: Gary & Ruth Wiegand
Phone: 360-445-3520 /FAX, 360-840-3666
Farm Type: alpaca breeding, sales, agistment (boarding) services and yarn and fiber products.
Directions (off of I-5):
From the South:
- Take Exit 221 for Conway/Hwy 534 E./Lake McMurray.
- Turn left and cross over I-5 for .2 miles.
- Turn right on to Fir Island Rd. and go over the railroad tracks for .3 miles.
- Turn right onto Dike Rd. and drive 2 miles.
- The farm is on the right.
Form the North:
- Take Exit 225 for Anderson Rd.
- Turn right on to Anderson Rd. and go .1 miles.
- Turn left on to Old Hwy 99 South Rd. and go 1 mile.
- Turn slight right on to Conway Rd. and go .1 mile
- Turn right on to Stackpole Rd. and go over the railroad track for 1 mile to Dike Rd.
- Turn left onto Dike Rd. and drive .2 miles.
- The farm is on the left
Farm premises: We are a small alpaca farm surrounded by 70+ acres of beautiful Skagit Valley cropland near Conway. Alpacas are raised for their high quality fiber which is used for spinners, weavers, and crafters alike. Service animals only please; alpacas and other animals (especially dogs) do not mix.
~FREE~ Festival Activities:
- Store – yarn & Fiber products
- spinning demonstrations
- Self guided walking tour
- Education Stations
- Halter training demonstrations
- Informational signage
- Children’s activity
- “Farmer at work” stations
- Festival Largest Chalkboard
- Carding fiber demonstrations
Retail ($): All things alpaca in The Bunkhouse Boutique; yarn, roving, raw fiber, felted items, cat balls, hair sticks, soap, stuffed animals, children and adult clothing, gloves, scarves and great gifts large and small. 20% off everything in the store for Saturday and Sunday only.
Farm history: A third generation family owned farm since the 1800s doing crop and cattle farming, the present generation has altered its focus to raising championship huacayan alpacas. South Fork Farms bought its first alpacas in 2004 and quickly grew from 3 to 5 acres over a period of 4 years. The farm began breeding and agistment services in 2006 and now has a 40+ herd. The original “bunk” house for the hired help was remodeled in the 1970’s as a rental unit. It is now used for the Bunkhouse Boutique (a-on-of-a-kind store to Skagit County) which had its grand opening in February 2013.
We train most alpacas to eat out of our hands and we’ve only had to bottle feed 1 cria (baby alpaca) in 9 years of raising alpacas. Eagles often roost in the black walnut trees that shade a few of the pastures. We use the paca poo in our large garden for bountiful produce of which much is donated to our local homeless shelter, The Friendship House.