Agate, Colorado (PressExposure) April 14, 2014 -- Bijou Alpaca Ranch, LLC. is running an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign in an effort to purchase the 60 acres adjacent to their 70 acre property. Bijou Alpacas is a small, family run suri alpaca breeding business on the Eastern Colorado plains, north east of Kiowa, near Agate, and West Bijou Creek.
The purchase price of the 60 acres is $152,000. The owners of Bijou Alpacas state that because the land for sale represents only a small strip between themselves and the neighboring cattle ranch, and because it has no well, or dwelling, it may serve no other purpose than being attractive for oil shale development as it sits above the Niobrara oil shale deposit.
The land was originally held for the owners of Bijou Alpacas but was released to the open market when the funds could not be raised within a year. The Bijou Alpaca's crowd funding campaign entitled: "No Fracking Near Our Well! Alpaca Ranch on Eastern Colorado Oil Shale Land" will end on June 1, 2014.
Like most crowd funding campaigns, the Bijou Alpaca campaign is offering small donation incentives, called, perks. These perks include different sponsorship levels that offer a range of items such as virtually adopting an alpaca, greeting cards, t-shirts, alpaca socks, alpaca teddy bears, gift baskets, and at the highest sponsorship level, a free weekend at the ranch for two, travel expenses not included.
Bijou is a French word which means, small exquisite jewel. Alpacas are in the camelid family and are smaller in size than llamas. Bijou Alpacas specialize in breeding suri alpacas which are the rarer of the two domestic alpaca breeds. They currently have 16 alpacas and will be showing 3 of them at the upcoming Great West Alpaca Show in Denver, Colorado.
The Bijou Alpaca ranch owners hope that others will see the benefits of helping to support small family run agriculture and ranching operations in Colorado. Bijou Alpaca Ranch, LLC. is a member of the Alpaca Owners Association, the Suri Network, and OpenHerd.