Until further notice you will need to register for a tour during our Open House events.
Lardworks Studio will again be participating in the North Georgia Arts Tour. June 11 – 13. You will need to book a tour time to visit the farm. To do so, please click here and go to the bottom of the page to fill out our reservation form. We will be hosting between 1 and 3 tours a day, depending on how they fill up starting at 1 pm. (1 pm, 2pm and 3 pm potentially)
July 4th – Independence Day Celebration on the Farm
We will be hosting 3 tours a day, July 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2021. To register for a time slot, please fill out the form below.
You get to meet the alpaca up close and personal during our open house tours. Learn about their origins, care and all about how their gorgeous fiber is used to make beautiful artwork and clothing. We will have fiber arts demonstrations available during the tours as well a “make your own” bird nesting ball
station. Popcorn & cookies are always part of our open house events as well.
Tour Fee: We do not charge per person for our tours, but always appreciate donations and or shoppers in our farm store/gallery.
How long are tours?
Tours and open house visits usually take between 45 minutes to an hour. Just depends on the visitors.
The tours include hands on visits with the alpacas and an education based tour walking you through the origins and care of alpacas as well as how their fiber is processed and used to make wonderfully soft, warm wearables as well blankets and rugs.
RULES for INTERACTING WITH ALPACAS
We usually do allow folks to come in the stall and interact with the alpacas. If you wish to do so, please follow these rules
~What to Wear: Dress for the weather, our tours are rain or shine. Open toed shoes are not a good idea. Alpacas don’t have hooves like a horse or cow, but they do have long toe nails. Alpacas are animals, they don’t mean to step on you, but it happens in there excitement to see you. It is always best to wear close toed shoes to ANY FARM.
~Petting Alpacas: Don’t try to pet them on top of the head. They hate that and think you are being mean to them. They “bonk” each other on top of the head to create hierarchy in the herd or reprimand the young that are misbehaving. If you try to pet them on the top of the head they will not like you.
~Interacting with any Livestock: When you are interacting with any livestock you should NEVER stand directly behind them and you most definitely should NEVER touch there bottoms while standing behind them.
~Small Children: Animals and small children can be very unpredictable, for this reason we please ask that all toddlers and children under the age of 4 must have a parent within arms reach of the child at all times. Young children under the age of 5, may prefer a petting zoo type facility instead of a working, private farm such as ours…but of course ALL are welcome. Alpacas are sweet, but very shy and don’t like loud noises and fast movement. However, if you are patient they will come up to you and give you a kiss.
Weather and Access
Tours and Open Houses take place RAIN or SHINE. The majority of the tour takes place under a roof or inside our studio. This is a private farm/studio. Unfortunately we do not have wheelchair access up to the studio (second portion of tour). While the ground is a little uneven in the barn, we have had folks successfully navigate a visit with the alpacas in a wheelchair.
No Visiting Dogs Please
Our dogs have a job on the farm…besides entertaining our guests. Their job is to keep other canines off our property. Canines are the biggest threat to alpacas as a predator.
Where do I park?
Please stay to the right on the gravel drive and park by the barn. If you are a little early, you may sit and relax in the Adirondack chairs we have provided (or your car) and wait for the tour to begin. Please do not wonder around the farm prior to the tour or open house hours.