When 100+ women join forces a lot of good can happen and a unusual furry animal helps keep a fifth generation family farm in business. In this edition of Sisterhood of the Second Act, host Kathy Heberle talks with one of the founders of the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care and the farmer who turned to alpacas to make her farm more sustainable.
100+ Women Who Care
In the five years they have been in existence 100+ Women Who Care has given more than $200,000 to charities in their community. Three times a year the group nominates, then vets Smith Mountain Lake Charities. The charity they choose then receives a $100 dollar check from each member, which now totals $15,000. They make these sizable donations three times a year. Linda Strup explains the process.
Fair Acres Alpaca Farm
Becky Bolinsky’s family has farmed their acreage in Russell County, Virginia for five generations. As a child she remembers what you would expect from a working farm, cows, chickens, sheep, but as times changed the need for the farm to change became apparent. So the fifth generation farmer discovered alpacas. They fell in love with the personable animals who produce wonderful fiber that can be used to create beautiful clothing.
Now a herd of alpacas roams the hills of Russell County and have helped make her family’s farm sustainable for future generations. Fair Acres Alpaca Farm sells their fiber and the clothes it makes to area businesses and the Homestead Resort.
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