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A Day in the Life of Big Meadow Creek Alpacas

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Sam Leash
June 28, 2020

TL;DR: Explore Harvest Hosts' diverse network, featuring Big Meadow Creek Alpacas in Troy, Idaho. Learn about its history, conservation efforts, alpaca products, educational programs, and RV accommodations with full hookups.

A Day in the Life of Big Meadow Creek Alpacas

Harvest Hosts is an incredible membership program with a diverse network of available hosts. So far, {count_host_classic} locations have opened their hearts and their homes and/or businesses to members of the Harvest Hosts RV community for overnight accommodations with no camping fees in comfortable and beautiful places across North America. In return, members make a small purchase to support the business. One of our excellent hosts is Big Meadow Creek Alpacas in Troy, Idaho. Read on to learn all about this host, its origins within the Harvest Hosts program, and what you can expect if you decide to visit. Big Meadow Creek Alpacas is located in Troy, Idaho.

History

In 2001, Brad Neuman moved to Troy, Idaho and immediately became an active member of this little community. Shortly after, he founded Big Meadow Creek Alpacas, where he bought and bred Suri alpacas. Brad was a kind soul who loved people, his community, and his alpacas, dogs and chickens. Sadly, Brad passed away in 2008, leaving behind a family and community who loved him. The farm was then passed on to his sister Judy, who currently manages it. In 2015, Judy worked with Palouse Land Trust to preserve over 40 acres of their ranch. This designated land became a conservation easement, preserving Big Meadow Creek and the surrounding forestland, which is full of deer, moose, birds, and an assortment of other creatures. Big Meadow Creek welcomes visitors to meet their animals and buy their fiber products.

The Business Today

Today, Big Meadow Creek Alpacas (BMCA) is open for visitors, where guests can learn about alpacas and purchase a variety of woven alpaca fiber products. They offer a variety of fibers for spinners to purchase, including raw, washed raw, or roving. In addition, Judy offers a variety of hand-knit items, which are available for purchase at the ranch or through her Etsy shop. When asked what she loves most about running her business, Judy replied, “I love talking about my alpacas and letting guests get acquainted with them.”In addition to allowing guests to visit with the alpacas and purchase alpaca products, Judy also runs educational programs for the nearby schools. BMCA alpacas have made visits to three branches of the Latah County Library District for the children's summer programs and downtown Troy for the pre-schoolers. Alpacas are a soft and wooly mammal, and they are not the same as llamas.

Joining Harvest Hosts

Big Meadow Creek Alpacas is a new host that just joined the program this year. They have a concrete pad and full hookups available for a small charge. So far, they have hosted a few RVers. Each loved the opportunity to meet the alpacas and learn about them. The nearby town of Troy is located about twenty-five miles of both the University of Idaho and Washington State University. Although Troy is a small town, within a few miles are marvelous markets, restaurants and other tourist opportunities. If you stay overnight, you can plan to look at a full sky of stars! There is also plenty of nearby wildlife, and you may hear an owl at night and plenty of birdsong in the morning. You can also plan to take a walk through the woods and visit the small pond.The property has lots of wood and a big pond available for use. Big Meadow Creek Alpacas is a beautiful place to visit and unwind. Be sure to check it out if you find yourself in Western Idaho, and don’t forget to bring some alpaca fiber socks back home with you! Alpacas are a soft and wooly mammal, and they are not the same as llamas. Have you ever had the chance to pet an alpaca? Would you visit this Harvest Hosts location? Tell us about it below!

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Sam Leash
Sam is a seasoned traveler and RVer of 4+ years. She loves adventures of all kinds and spends as much time on the road as she can. When not exploring in her RV or writing about her travels, you can find her reading a good book, cooking a delicious meal, caring for her plants, or hiking with her dogs.