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. 

 November 2018

November 2018

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.”

 
 October 2018

October 2018

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…”

 
 November 2017

November 2017

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…”

 
 November 2017

November 2017

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…”

 
 August 2017

August 2017

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..."

 
 June 2017

June 2017

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…”

 
 March 2016

March 2016

Alpaca Awesome

“…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…”

 
 November 2015

November 2015

Farmer Heroes

“…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…”

 
 October 2015

October 2015

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….”

 
 September 2015

September 2015

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…”

 
 October 2013

October 2013

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…”

 
 September 2013

September 2013

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…”

 
 April 2013

April 2013

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…’”