In the News
River Hill Ranch is good with being different. Okay, weird (we do have alpacas). We are grateful that has brought tons of amazing people into our lives, some of which are super talented writers and photographers. Thanks to them, we've been featured in all the amazing publications below.
How cute! Alpaca helps with Accelerating Appalachia
Watch our appearance on WAHS 11 News with our handsome boy Doc!
“Entrepreneurs are working to create organic seed companies, restaurants and eco-friendly products as part of Accelerating Appalachia. The program is working with Kentucky entrepreneurs to help grow their businesses, including alpaca farming. Dr. Feelgood, who is an alpaca, stopped by Great Day Live with Sara Day Evans from Accelerating Appalachia and Alvina Maynard from River Hill Ranch, to talk more about the organization…”
University of Kentucky- Generation of Antigen-specific Alpaca Antibodies
Our very own alpacas, Freddie, Big Boy, and Blue Eyes recently participated in an important study at the University of Kentucky.
“Camelids, such as alpacas and llamas, have become a valuable resource for biomedical research since they produce a novel type of heavy chain-only antibody which can be used to produce single domain antibodies. Because the immune system is highly flexible, single domain antibodies can be made to many different protein antigens, and even different conformations of the antigen, with a very high degree of specificity...”
Kentucky State University Third Thursday Thing- River Hill Ranch
“Have you visited River Hill Ranch in Richmond? Alvina and her alpacas are making Kentucky Proud. She is a recipient of the Kentucky State University Land Grant Program's Small-Scale Farm Grant and utilizes its Third Thursday Thing Sustainable Workshop series.”
Cooperative Business Journal- Farm Credit Council
“From helping a young farm family begin their operation to supporting veterans like Alvina who return home and take up farming, Farm Credit is committed to the success of individuals as they get their start in American agriculture…”
New Alpaca & Using Natural Dyes for Fiber
Tim Farmer’s Country Kitchen features Alvina Maynard of River Hill Ranch and her uses of Natural Dyes and Alpaca Fiber.
Alvina Maynard, Richmond, Kentucky – US Air Force
“…Alvina left home at 17 to join the Air Force Academy, and then the Air Force Reserves. Now she raises alpacas, as the owner of River Hill Ranch in Richmond, Kentucky…”
Announcing: 2017 Salute to Veterans
“…These men and women give selflessly because they feel it is their duty to our country and to others. Our business community is stronger because of their contributions, and this program is a way to thank them for their bravery and commitment…”
Agribusiness: Kentucky Wants to Grow Its Ag Manufacturing
"...For example, Alvina Maynard of River Hill Ranch in Richmond is one of the farmers who contributes to Kentucky’s glowing agricultural numbers. For her niche alpaca operation, having a quality meat processor less than 40 minutes away at Lancaster’s Marksbury Farm has been invaluable to her business..."
Alpacas make a buzz at Locust Trace
“…Shantel Sturgill and Kylie Power are only sophomores, but they generated quite the buzz at Locust Trace thanks to their two fuzzy friends, Billy Mae and Henry. The two Huacaya alpacas were donated to the students by Alvina Maynard, the owner of River Hill Ranch in Richmond…”
“…Maynard noted there are three times in her life when she distinctly felt God strongly telling her to do something. The first was to join the Air Force, the next was to marry her husband, and the third was to start an alpaca farm…”
“…Despite being a busy mom, wife and alpaca rancher, Alvina still makes time to think about the future and is constantly envisioning new ways to be more sustainable in everything her farm does.Her current goal: make use of every aspect of her animals…”
Kentucky rancher introduces consumers to a new food and a new way to think about farming
“…Raising her animals for their fiber first, food is a tasty and nutritious secondary benefit. Maynard’s farm-to-table dinner included an alpaca fiber fashion show, and it helped raise funds for the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Maynard, Homegrown by Heroes producer and an Air Force reservist, spent many years of her life flying around the world as a federal investigator and hopes to help other military veteran farmers….”
Alpaca dinner features locally grown rare meat treat
"‘…She was approaching this animal in a way I could be on board with. She takes very good care of these animals. It's a very holistic approach to raising farm animals. And the trend recently of nose-to-tail cooking, I think is an absolutely necessary way to approach food…”
Farmer Veteran Coalition- Alvina Maynard
“…We are so blessed to be able to sit on our front porch nestled among these green, rolling hills and watch these funny critters interact in the pasture. I love having my daughter by my side and watching her interact with them as well. It makes me smile to know she’ll grow up knowing the hard work and simple pleasures of farm life…”
Air Force Investigator Turns Alpaca Farmer; Sets High Goal for Madison County Ranch
“…Rather than farm alpacas for breeding and livestock purposes, River Hill Ranch is focused on the textile and fashion side of the business — a relatively new endeavor in the United States. Maynard first bought alpacas in 2009 while living in Tucson, Ariz. She had been to Peru twice and knew what they were, but after extensive training and education, she realized raising alpacas could become a viable career…”
Air force investigator turned alpaca farmer
“‘…The longer I’ve been in the alpaca world, the more I realize my skillsets translate,” she reflected. “As a federal investigator, your biggest strength needs to be talking to people, building relationships, building rapport, logical and creative thinking, time management and project management. All aspects of running a case involve money, coordination, staying organized and paying attention to small details. All of those things translate directly into running a business…’”