Monday, March 7, 2016


Nicola and Philippe arrived at the farm to inspect the alpaca teeth with Ashleigh to see how they were coming along... (*taking Ashleigh out of the Gift Shop she was managing... ) During this time, one by one the guests arrived into the shop and gathered around the cake with lit candles, when Ash and the others returned from outside.... Everyone sang the requisite song...     
                     HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ASH!

March 8, Marks Ashleigh Plante, our Barn Manager-Extraordinare's Twenty-First Birthday... the BIG TWO-ONE!!

"Let Them Eat Cake"?? You may ask? YES is the answer. Black Dog Bakery's, "Chocolate Majesty" (not Brioche from the origins of the traditional French "Cake")
Fun was had by all of our staff and former staff and Island friends! 
Above, the BIG... TWO-ONE!!
Wishing you many more Happy B-Days to come Ashleigh!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

HGTV this Sunday, Feb. 14 @ 10 pm / Monday, Feb. 15 Monday @ 1am to see a brief appearance of Island Alpaca on new episode of "Island Life" set here on Martha's Vineyard! Congrats to Rose @ Sandpiper Realty and Classic Aviators featured on the show! 
Island Life features everyday families hoping to find their own slice of paradise in various island locations.

Monday, January 4, 2016

January 4, 2016: Island Alpaca Appears on State Calendar! Congratulations to Island Staff Member Asheigh Plante!

The photograph of Ashleigh Plante of Island Alpaca Co., has recently been chosen for the 2016 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar. The calendar is an excellent resource that serves as an educational tool for teachers, legislators and the public. The calendar is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Massachusetts Farm to School, and the Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom (MAC).  Great work! To order visit our site here!

Cape Cod Life Loves Alpaca!
Island Alpaca is thrilled to be included in Cape Cod Life Publication for their Holiday Issue - Find it on the newsstands now through December. Please find a link to the piece here!

It was a pleasure meeting the editor"
Matt Gill and Photographer, Charles Sternaimolo.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Island Alpaca Make New Friends at Fall Fun Festival at the Oak Bluffs Library!

Atticus Rex and Mozart of Island Alpaca were met by a number of enthusiastic party-goers on this beautiful crisp fall day! There were games of all kinds; a hay bale obstacle course, "guess the pumpkin’s weight", bowling with squash, craft-works, delicious fall treats and of course, Island Alpaca!  Many Thanks to Caleb and David Hannon for bringing them to this special event, and to Anna Marie D'Addarie and Andrea Figaratto for their help to organize this special day!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

This Friday, October 2, Ashleigh Plante and Andrea Figaratto of Island Alpaca Farm traveled with three Island alpaca to West Springfield to participate in the three-day alpaca event at the 99th annual Eastern States Exposition. They were among many alpaca breeders at the event, and brought home the coveted prize: the Eastern States Exhibition Sweepstakes Banner.
The Alpaca Show usually draws over 200 alpacas; this year, Island Alpaca not only won the “Reserve Champion” award, but also garnered a new prize, the Sweepstakes Champion. This goes to the exhibitors earning the greatest number of total points in the Alpaca Show, based on ribbons awarded for each alpaca, their fleece, and fiber products.
Also awarded was a Blue Ribbon and Reserve Championship for their alpaca Estrada’s Hot Shot, and five additional blue ribbons, including for the category of Breeders Best Group of Three! Many Kudo's to Ashleigh and Andrea for their hard-work and big awards!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Island Alpaca Hosts the Fourth Annual Island Housing Trust Fundraiser!

Two friendly island alpacas, with their handlers Elizabeth Kahaly and Jake Martin welcomed more than 250 invited guests as they arrived to gather at Island Alpaca Farm in Oak Bluffs on Sunday morning. It was a beautiful Vineyard summer day and guests gathered under a large tent to support the fourth annual fundraising event for Island Housing Trust (IHT), a nonprofit organization that creates affordable housing on Martha’s Vineyard.

Barbara Ronchetti, owner of Island Alpaca Farm, hosted the event with IHT which included a sumptuous brunch by Patrie Grace with the help of Nisa Webster.  Barbara Ronchetti noted, "I am very pleased to support the important work of the Island Housing Trust. As an island employer, I know just how hard it is for staff to find affordable housing, especially for year-round living. In fact, just this month a key employee here at the farm, on staff for over 3 years, lost her housing and had to move off-island given the severity of the situation. I feel privileged to do my part to help the IHT in its ongoing efforts to help alleviate the problem, which has ramifications island-wide." 

Chrissy Kinsman, a West Tisbury resident and owner of Pie Chicks recounted her own story of how she and husband Drew Kinsman, experienced years of moving season to season, otherwise known as doing the "Vineyard Shuffle", before finding permanent affordable housing through the help of IHT.  "After three years, our names were drawn from a lottery of 300 eligible people." recalled Kinsman.
Richard Leonard, President of IHT and Ted Bayne, a generous contributor, also spoke in support of IHT.

IHT executive director Philippe Jordi told the assembled guests that IHT has developed a multi-faceted approach to creating affordable housing that has produced over 60 affordable homes in its eight years, relying on a model that uses inexpensive long-term land leases, while building affordable energy-efficient homes for sale and for rent. Mr. Jordi emphasized the continuing need for more affordable housing. He said that IHT is now working on 15 units and has set a goal of 100 homes by the end of 2015.

These funds will contribute to the creation of permanently affordable workforce housing on the Island, and will help IHT realize their goal of creating 180 affordable homes by 2020. Creation of these homes benefits the Island community as a whole by providing stable, quality housing to the people who make up the backbone of our community: teachers, hospital workers, Steamship Authority employees, police officers, and local business owners. To make a donation call or visit the IHT Website:, or call 508-693-1117

Photos courtesy of Ashleigh Plante, Island Alpaca Co.