Holiday Extravaganza!  A Holiday Festival!

December 6th & 7th, 10am to 5pm

Join us for a wonderful weekend of holiday fun.  Enjoy the warmth of the farmhouse decorated for the holidays.  Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and holiday cookies.  Make a holiday ornament with alpaca and mohair fiber.  Meet and take your photo with PacaClaus and his 3 little helpers.  Live Christmas carol sing along at the piano.  Amazing holiday specials in the fiber shop and more!

Free Admission.

About Us!

Hidden Pastures is a family owned and managed luxury fiber farm and shop located in beautiful, scenic Sussex County, New Jersey.

We not only have incredible livestock but an selection of raw fibers, yarns and finished products for you to choose from in our quaint fiber shop.  Interested in learning fiber arts?  Let one of our fiber artists teach you how to spin, weave, knit crochet or felt.  We also have a great selection of fiber arts tools for the discriminating artist.

We were fortunate to discover alpacas soon after buying our farm and soon added breeding stock of Angora Rabbits, Angora & Cashmere goats and Tibetan Yaks.  We continue to make our improvements based on the needs of these wonderful animals. Our farm features acres of lovely open pastures dotted with spectacular mature trees. Our century old barn has stood the test of time and has been converted to the needs of our livestock.

altWe have created a foundation herd to be proud of and continue to seek out the best for our seed stock production to be able to provide an outstanding selection of incredible livestock for you to choose from.

We pride ourselves on our daily commitment to each and every animal at Hidden Pastures. We believe that makes Hidden Pastures "A very exclusive place to grow up!" 

What is an Alpaca

Alpacas were a cherished treasure of the ancient Incan civilization and played a central role in the Incan culture that was located on the high Andean Plateau and mountains of South America.Alpacas were first imported to the United States in 1984.Alpacas are now being successfully raised and enjoyed throughout North America and abroad. There are two types of alpacas - the Huacaya and the Suri. The lifespan of the alpaca is about 20 years and gestation is 11.5 months. Alpacas eat grasses and chew a cud. Adult alpacas are about 36" tall at the withers and generally weigh between 100 and 200 pounds. They are gentle and easy to handle. Alpacas don't have incisors, horns, hooves or claws. Clean-up is easy since alpacas deposit droppings in only a few places in the paddock. They require minimal fencing and can be pastured at 5 to 10 per acre.

Alpacas produce one of the world's finest and most luxurious natural fibers. It is clipped from the animal without causing it injury. Soft as cashmere and warmer, lighter and stronger than wool, it comes in more colors than any other fiber producing animal (approximately 22 basic colors with many variations and blends).This cashmere-like fleece, once reserved for Incan royalty, is now enjoyed by spinners and weavers around the world.

Alpaca owners enjoy a strong and active national organization. The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) with a growing number of Regional Affiliates and AOBA sanctioned national committees addressing every aspect of the industry.

The Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America (AFCNA) accepts fleece from its members, and turns the precious textile into quality alpaca garments and products. Members benefit from a ready outlet for their fiber, while the cooperative works to increase awareness of and demand for this every day luxury.

The Alpaca Registry has been established to help ensure accurate records and has a state-of the-art system to document bloodlines.

Alpacas must be blood typed in order to be registered. Virtually every alpaca in the U.S. is registered.