It all started with 2 alpacas...
Krystal Acres is a 40 acre farm on scenic San Juan Island in Washington State, created and run for the last 2 decades by the Olson family (prior to 2002, the farm was Crescent Moon Alpaca Ranch which relocated to Oregon). Alpacas entered their lives when Albert and Kris bid on a pair of alpacas at a local charity auction, won, and instantly fell in love with the gentle creatures. For many years, the Olsons bred their alpacas, growing the herd, attending shows, winning many ribbons. They traveled to Peru several times to discover the origins of their herd and meet producers of alpaca fiber and apparel makers. They stocked their store with yarns and products made from their animals and milled in Canada, as well as buying from their Peruvian connections, supporting local artisans and crafts people working with the fiber there. Committed to the legacy of their farm and the care of their animals, the Olsons are now passing their experience operating the farm to the Brahic-Kusner family who is excited to learn and take over the stewardship of the farm, and care for these gentle animals and the land they graze.
With a renewed ecological awareness, there is a desire to return to both natural and local fibers here in the US. The Kusner's are very interested in being involved in the local "Fibershed", a push that seeks to return to a more localized and sustainable production of fiber a.k.a. the "slow fiber" movement. Much like the last decade of farming has brought a return to locally grown, sustainable food and knowing where your food comes from, the movement wants to expand on that concept to include knowing where the fibers you put against your skin have come from, and how they were handled and processed in manufacturing. Joining the Climate Beneficial Fiber Pool and the local Agricultural Guild have been the Kusner's first steps towards this goal. Operating the farm using regenerative agricultural practices such as rotational grazing, natural soil improvements and amendments, planting hedgerows for bird and insect habitat and trees for shade are all systems and practices being put into place to ensure that the farm flourishes for years to come.
ABOUT THE Farm AT KRYSTAL ACRES
At it's largest, the Olson's herd reached 80 alpacas. Now a herd of 54 alpacas, these mild mannered animals, most born and bred on the farm, enjoy the gentle slopes of sunny pastures and the shade of massive 100 year oaks. Stroll around the farm and then browse a curated selection of alpaca sweaters, coats, scarves, blankets and cuddly alpaca toys in the Country Store. It's picture-perfect year round, so drop by when you come and visit the beautiful San Juans.