Tucked into the mountains above Santa Clarita sits a ranch dedicated to caring for small and fluffy alpacas.
For 15 years Cecilia Secka, has welcomed dozens of male and female alpacas into her home at the Sweet Water Alpaca Ranch in Agua Dulce, Calif.
“They’re just very peaceful and friendly animals,” Secka said. “They’re a little bit shy but they’re just beautiful animals, very easy to take care of.”
After retiring from her corporate job, Secka decided to devote all of her time to her ranch. In 2002, after seeing an ad on television, she decided to add alpacas to the land.
“I always liked working with animals and I had horses here, and still have horses here, so I wanted to do a little more with animals,” Secka said. “I started researching online and started to visit other alpaca ranches. Three months later I bought my first two pregnant females so it didn’t take too long.”
As an alpaca ranch owner, Secka invites the public to the Sweet Water Alpaca Ranch during the weekends, breeds and sells alpacas, processes the animals’ fiber (also known as fleece) and knits and crochets products to sell.
“I process the fiber or send it off to a mill and they make yarn out of it,” she said. “I also sell the raw fiber to some local spinners and handcrafters and sell the yarn when I get that.”
Another major part of Secka’s ranch is National Alpaca Farm Days each September where she invites visitors to spend time on the ranch for an extended period of time. This year the event will be held Sept. 23 and Sept. 24.
“It is a big deal, I’ve done it for a long time,” Secka said. “I usually have a…
click here to read more.