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Beautiful Places: Heritage Farm

Visit Heritage Farm, home to Tim and Beth Sheets and their herd of suri alpacas.
  • Heritage home

    Heritage Farm is home to Tim and Beth Sheets. The 120-acre property in north-central Indiana has been in Beth's family for close to 60 years. "We moved back to the farm from suburban Indianapolis 10 years ago because we longed for country living and a simpler life," Tim says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Retreat from the city

    Tim and Beth both have corporate jobs at a major pharmaceutical company in Indianapolis, 60 miles away. "Our daily commute keeps us away from the farm 14 hours a day," Tim says. "But on the weekends, Heritage Farm is our retreat. We love to spend time here caring for our animals and gardens."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Hard work pays off

    When Beth's parents, Bob and Nelda Lovelace, bought Heritage Farm, the barn was in good condition, but the home needed lots of work. It had been empty for years, the plaster was falling off the walls, and varmints were running rampant. Still, the structure was sound, and the couple painstakingly restored the home to its original stately condition, with some modern improvements.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Lovelace Cabin

    In 1987 while clearing an old homestead on his property, a neighboring farmer discovered a two-story 1850s log cabin hidden beneath the walls of an old white clapboard farmhouse. It had been perfectly preserved by the house's siding and plaster. He offered the cabin to the Lovelaces, who had it moved three miles to Heritage Farm. The now-restored cabin is used for family gatherings and group meetings.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Unique animals

    Heritage Farm is home to three Arabian horses, 10 boer goats and 25 suri alpacas. "We started raising alpacas five years ago and hope to build it into a profitable business so that we can leave our corporate jobs," Tim says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Barn welcomes visitors

    The gambrel-roof barn at Heritage Farm was built in 1904. "We appreciate the history and workmanship of old barns and had a desire to preserve and utilize it for our alpacas," Tim says. In 2003, Tim and Beth had a new roof installed. They chose interlocking, diamond-shaped, asphalt shingles, so designs could be incorporated into the roof. The giant alpaca welcomes guests as they approach the farm.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • One-of-a-kind roof

    On the other side of the barn, the giant "HF" lets everyone know they are at Heritage Farm. Tim designed these graphics and the alpaca, and the couple hired an Indiana roofer known for his art roof barns throughout the Midwest.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Growing an alpaca business

    Tim and Beth brought home their first suri alpaca, Eliza, in 2003. Today, they have more than 20. "There are many things that attract us to alpacas, but one attribute that we both value most is the exquisite fiber these lovely animals produce," they say.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Researching alternatives

    Tim and Beth researched several different types of livestock when they moved to Heritage Farm, including boer goats, Hereford cattle and rare breeds. After visiting other alpaca farms and looking at the profit potentials, they agreed alpacas were the right choice for them.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Profitable venture

    In addition to breeding and selling alpacas, Tim and Beth offer boarding for people who want to own alpacas but don't have the space or time to care for them. They also serve as consultants to would-be alpaca owners, offer a hands-on training program for new owners, and sell clothing made from alpaca fleece.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012
  • Visit Heritage Farm online

    Tim and Beth have developed an extensive <a href="http://www.ourheritagefarm.com" target="new">Web site</a>, which offers more information on their alpaca business and farm. The site offers a sign-up form for a quarterly e-mail newsletter, features listings of alpacas for sale, and allows viewers to request a farm visit.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 25, 2012

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