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Narrow tubes of fiber, called roving, are fed into the pindrafter. The fiber on the right is on its first run through, while the other two sets have already been run at least once. Star Gazette photos by Katrina Styx

From the field to the market: Local farm turns raw fiber into yarn, felt

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Alan and Rachel Boucher haven’t always raised alpacas. In fact, their farm, Rach-Al-Paca Farm southwest of Hastings, is only about 10 years old.


The couple first saw alpacas at a fair in Massachusetts, where they used to live. They moved to Hastings in 2002, saw the alpacas again, and decided to buy their own with the intent to keep it to use the fiber. But as they did their research on the market, they found that they could help the alpaca industry in another way.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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