Alpaca farms in Cabarrus County

alpacas021113.jpgFeb. 11, 2013 -- Cabarrus This Week is taking you to Twelve Acre Academy in Mount Pleasant, where they breed and board alpacas and dairy goats. The farm is owned and operated by Derek and Loretta Loughlin. They have a passion for their farm and are eager to share the farm experience with others.

Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and are bred specifically for their fiber. Alpaca fiber is used for making knitted and woven items. Alpaca fleece is a lustrous and silky natural fiber. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not scratchy, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic.

Twelve Acre Academy offers tours and classes for individuals or groups where participants can feed and walk the alpacas, milk a goat, and help sheer and process the fiber from the alpacas coats. The farm also offers a farm store where you can purchase garments made from alpaca fiber, as well as goat milk soap, beeswax products, and raw fiber for spinning, felting or fiber arts.

For more information on Twelve Acre Academy, located at 401 Dutch Road in Mount Pleasant, call 704-436-8855 or visit

Other events highlighted on this week's CTW:

Carolina Alpaca Celebration, Feb. 16-17, Cabarrus Arena

Great Backyard Bird Count, register by Feb. 14, all county parks

Nature Walk, Feb. 16, North Cabarrus Park

AARP Tax Aid Program for seniors, through April 15

Senior Center Dances, Feb 22 and 23, Cabarrus County Senior Center Concord

Cabarrus County Senior Games, Early bird entry by March 8

Black History Month programs, Feb. 18 and 23, Concord library

Parenting Kids with Special Needs workshop, Feb. 16, Concord library

Appetite for Life Academy, Tuesdays in February 

Valentines library storytimes, Feb. 14, various branches
Family Connection Day, Feb. 16, Kannapolis library