Just south of downtown Franklin lies a farm unlike any other in the area. The Butchko family’s farm features a herd of alpacas, plus a gift shop filled with items made from their fiber, such as yarns and knitted apparel. Open from May to January each year, visitors can stop by the farm to see the friendly alpacas and learn about the farm.
“They’re very gentle,” owner Leanne Butchko said. “Some of them are going to come right up to you.”
The alpacas are shorn—or given a haircut—once a year to keep them cool in the summer heat, and the fibers are used to make a number of items, including rugs, hats and gloves. Butchko said the fleece from the animal is six times stronger than sheep’s wool, while still being lighter and less itchy.
The farm does not charge for tours; however, Butchko said visitors are asked for donations or a commitment to buy something in the gift shop. Visitors should call ahead for tours and visits, or appointments can be booked via the farm’s website.
4212 Crowder Road, Franklin