The Fireweed Farm

Welcome to Fireweed Farm Alpacas – now a “virtual” alpaca farm!

Fireweed Farm Alpacas – The Adventure Continues

Fireweed Farm Alpacas, owned and operated by Teri Phipps and David Schieferstein, is one of the older alpaca breeders in the U.S. They’ve experienced, or helped spearhead, many of the seminal events in the founding of the North American alpaca industry, such as the development of the first generation of alpaca educational clinics, the establishment of the Alpaca Registry as the stand –alone entity, the founding of the Alpaca Research Foundation, and the creation of the Registry’s importation screening program. And more than twenty-two years later, Fireweed Farm Alpacas, Teri & David continue to evolve and re-invent themselves and their alpaca business.

From their initial start-up ranch on the open plains of Colorado, Fireweed’s second iteration took root in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Banner Elk, North Carolina in 1999. There Teri and Dave retained many of the innovative features of their original concept – a small service-oriented farm featuring large inventories of breeding stock, educational seminars and cooperative marketing ventures -- but also began to cater to the growing public interest in agri-tourism and also established on-farm natural fiber clothing store focused on alpaca end products. They continued that project in the Piedmont of Virginia, establishing the Fireweed Farm Alpacas in Goochland County, Virginia in 2005.

In 2011, Teri and Dave “morphed” once again – this time into a “virtual” farm. Moving into a delightful, old Richmond neighborhood in late 2011, they sold their farm, retained a small herd of females and an outstanding string of herdsires that they boarded with their clients in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Without daily farm management work, Teri re-focused her emphasis on a mobile alpaca store and on providing clients and new alpaca breeders with continuing education, management and breeding consulting, shearing assistance, event planning and, of course, the “finest” in alpaca breeding stock and herdsires!

January 2014 marks the start of the new adventure for Fireweed Farm Alpacas … or Fireweed Fibers … or simply “Fireweed”. They begin the new year without owning any alpacas, a trailer, or any remaining farm equipment. Teri officially hung up her shearing gear (though the occasional cria, dog or housecat may be a “returning client”), and as she is tying up just a few loose ends in the alpaca world, she is working to decide exactly where her passion and energy will take her next.

Though Fireweed no longer owns alpacas, they are continuing to assist and refer potential breeders and buyers to their clients.

  • Please click HERE to see their list of clients with links to their farms.
  • Learn more about the key players who were an important part of our recent transition – HERE.
  • Learn more about Teri & David and their current adventures HERE.
  • Stay up to date on the latest Events and News about Fireweed on Teri’s FACEBOOK PAGE..
  • See Teri’s new foray in the ALPACA FIBER ARTS!
  • Discover Teri’s and Dave’s favorite city -- Asheville, North Carolina -- and stay in their VACATION RENTAL HOME.