Grass Hill Alpacas
Adams Rd Haydenville MA
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Grass Hill Alpacas is located on 115 acres that has been in the family for over 125 years. The farm is located at the foot of Grass Hill in the Haydenville section of the town of Williamsburg, just 10 minutes from the center of Northampton. The last time the land was actively farmed was in the 70's, when the last of Stanley "Stubby" Nash’s oxen were sold. Currently our operations are based on 5 acres of old pasture land that we have reclaimed and fenced in. With more than 40 acres of fields, we have plenty of room for expansion as needed.
Hill Alpacas is dedicated to the memory of Stanley Nash and his
daughter, Alice Nash Welcome.
lived all of his adult life on Adams Road and, at various times, raised
pigs, sheep, dairy cows, draught horses and, of course, the
ever-present teams of oxen. He also raised two
daughters. His oldest daughter Alice built her own home on
Adams Road and, shortly afterward, built a small barn to house her
beloved calves and ponies.
We have often wondered how they would have reacted to our decision to bring back the family farm by raising alpacas. Stanley would have shaken his head in bewilderment. “You paid how much for that animal?”
“Can you milk it?”
“How much “wool” do you get each year?”
“How many babies does it have each year?”
answers wouldn’t make sense to him but, being a man of few words, he
would have kept his peace. What he would understand is that
we were clearing brush, rebuilding stonewalls, putting up fences,
building barns, digging wells….taking care of the land that he loved.
Alice, on the other hand, would have no trouble
understanding. One look at an alpaca face, with its
inquisitive black eyes, and she would have melted. Each and
every animal would have had a special place in her heart. She
would have approved and supported our dream in any way that she could.