Alpacas don't pay all of the couple's bills. Heinrichs continues to work as an office manager, and Croasdill does consulting and web design on a flexible schedule that lets him devote about three hours a day to the animals as needed. Fortunately, they're low maintenance. "All they really want is grass," he says. His major task is hauling manure to the compost pile, where in time it becomes grass fertilizer. "We farm grass," he laughs. "We raise alpacas."
[Originally published in November, 2008.]