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This week, we’d like to introduce you to Kelly and her amazing llamas.

Not too long ago, Kelly invited us to her farm with our kids to meet the llamas and it was an AMAZING day! She’s put together some really great programs for kids (and grown-ups!)

Read on to learn more…

VH: From where do you hail?

Kelly: That’s not as easy a question to answer as it should be. My husband and I both grew up in Oak Park, IL; we lived for 15 years on the East Coast (NH, NY, Washington, DC) before moving to Wyoming; spent 25 years in Laramie, WY before moving to Vashon. We have been here since 2014.

VH: How did you land on Vashon?

My husband accepted a job at Seattle U as Director of their Institute of Public Service. Vashon was the perfect spot to relocate with our llamas.

VH: Tell us all about your business – what you offer, what you do, etc.

Vashon Llamas offers a range of activities for children and adults including:

  • Summer Llama Camp for kids age 6-12;
  • Parent-Child Saturday llama camp three-four times each spring and fall;
  • Llama Birthday Parties;
  • Llama Farm visits;
  • Adopt-a-Llama
  • After school weaving and llamas

Everything we do is very individualized. For example, I only accept three children each week of llama camp and only schedule one group at a time for farm visits. Limiting activities to small groups guarantees visitors interact with the llamas according to their level of comfort.

VH: What inspired you to start your business?

Llamas are amazing animals. We enjoy being able to share our love of these animals and dispel some negative myths about them at the same time. Our herd is very social, used to being about children, and love having visitors! We consider ourselves llama advocates.

VH: What is your superpower?

Still waiting to be assigned a superpower. 🙂   (From our visit with Kelly, we can say that she is super great with kids and knows SO much about her llamas!)

VH: When you have company visiting the island, where do you like to take them?

Shopping and eating in downtown Vashon. (Our friends and family love all the shops and restaurants.) Kayaking in the inner harbor; hiking the many trails of Center Island Forest and Frog Holler nature reserve.

VH: What’s next for your business?

I have two books about the llamas I’d like to get illustrated and published. One about the time Star was chased off our property in Wyoming, and one about the death of one of our llamas – Poletta.

VH: What’s the best thing you ever bought at Granny’s? 🙂

I’ve gotten so many great things at Granny’s but was really surprised the day I found a South American silver llama bracelet there. Most of the time I don’t know what I’m looking for until I find it at Granny’s.


Please pop on over to the Vashon Llamas website to learn more.

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