When we started TFA in 2000, we had a part time helper. A few years into it, Chad went full time to make sure we were providing all the necessary care for the animals and the property. As the herd grew, we added part-time help to at least have weekend chore coverage so Chad could have a day off. This summer we realized we really needed to add another full time hand to the farm. With an ad in the local paper we quickly realized just how bad the unemployment is in our area. We had more responses than we ever imagined. It was properly advertised as a farm labor job and we had women show up for their “interview” with Chad in high heels and guys in ties????? In the end we hired the guy who was best for us – welcome Matt!! He has been a true self-starter and is learning every day. We certainly had enough cria born this fall to get him indoctrinated into newborn alpaca care. Chad is enjoying the flexibility of focusing on the parts of alpaca farming he is best suited for…. and maybe a few more days off.