Located in Clements, MD, the Briar Branch Alpaca Farm has been a Southern Maryland staple since 1925. Over the years, the Vallandingham family farm took on a multitude of purposes from raising angus cattle to growing tobacco and other seasonal crops. After the passing of her grandfather, and working as a full time nurse practitioner at the local hospital, Dana Russell, decided to follow in her family footsteps and revitalized the farm into the Briar Branch Alpaca Farm in 2008. After receiving her first batch of eight alpacas, the family knew that they had created a small business tied to their farming roots and close to their heart. Dana took her farming knowledge and advice from friend and local alpaca farm expert, Angel Forbes Simmons, and began to immerse herself into the world of alpaca farming; from feeding and shearing to breeding and even fleece production. With years of family dedication and relentless efforts, Dana’s dream is now a reality.