|The promise of tomorrow begins today
Kathy and I consider November 13, 2005, the first time we visited Clark Summit
Alpacas, to be one of the luckiest days of our lives. Throughout the fall of that
year, we spent time educating ourselves about the animals that had captured
our hearts, visiting and exploring different farms in the area. What we
discovered at Kari and James Lewis’ was an example of the alpaca farming
operation we envisioned for ourselves.
It was also where I fell in love with my
very first alpaca, a two month old cria
Foggy Bottom Ranch, continued...
When Kathy and I expressed an interest in buying Sophie and
Grace, James and Kari worked closely with us on establishing a
fair price and agisted the girls until we were ready to bring them
to their new home. James and Kari made sure we understood
the contracts before we signed anything. After the purchase
was completed, they taught us as much as we were willing to
They invited us to attend herd health days for shots and
toenails, we happily assisted on shearing days and they
showed us how to properly halter and lead an alpaca. We
even spent time practicing with them for the show ring. James
and Kari walked us through the steps of show preparation,
including the paperwork of entering and the necessary testing.
and health exam. When it came time to breed Sophie and Grace, Kathy and I were invited to attend these
important events as well.
At one point, Sophie got sick after returning from a show; Clark Summit Alpacas informed us of and
included us in every healthcare decision. We find James and Kari regularly available and willing to
answer any questions we have and, believe me, we still have questions! Gratefully, they will also admit to
not knowing an answer - when this occurs, they either seek out an answer or help point us in the right
direction to finding it ourselves.
When the time came for the alpacas to journey to their newly built home at Foggy Bottom Ranch Alpacas,
we had a last minute emergency – the well had dried up! James kindly changed his plans and kept the
girls longer until we were able to get the new well up and running. Because of his flexibility and kindness,
James made our emergency into an easily managed speed bump. Interactions with Clark Summit have
been straightforward and pleasant, including the subsequent trips by James and Kari to Foggy Bottom
Ranch for breedings and re-breedings.
We are very appreciative of the seminars their group puts on. Kathy and I are both active participants
and have learned so much. Clark Summit Alpacas is currently functioning as a collection center for
alpaca fiber en route to the mills, taking an active role in the advancement of the fiber end of our
industry. As an introduction for people unaware of the alpaca industry, they have even produced a game
We cannot think of one reason not to buy an alpaca from Clark Summit Alpacas. Not a single one.
Tracey A. Upton
Foggy Bottom Ranch Alpacas, LLC www.FoggyBottomRanch.com info@FoggyBottomRanch.com