Recent video of Apple Hill Farm

Avery County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month

March 2021

Tar Heel Traveler: Finding Peace During a Pandemic

June 2020

Tar Heel Traveler: Alpacas part of warm, loving Watauga County family

May 2017

QC Life: Zoom with the Alpacas at Apple Hill Farm

May 2020

Fox 8 Project Pet: Apple Hill Farm

May 2020

KW Mountain Elevation Realty: Things to do in the High Country Ep 10

December 2019

Apple Hill Farm on North Carolina Weekend

August 2017


Apple Hill Farm on ESPSN

Sunbelt Conference Championship Football Game

December 2018

Recent print media about Apple Hill Farm

Carolina Mountain Life Magazine

NC Field & Family 

Apple Hill Farm Spreads Alpaca Love – Fall 2019

“It was 2000, and Lee Rankin was taking her then 1-year-old son through the Kentucky State Fair when she saw her first alpaca. “I looked into its eyes and fell in love,” she recalls.

Right then and there, Rankin decided she wanted to move to the mountains and raise alpacas. “

Local Press:

• Apple Hill Farm Finalist for Small Farmer of the Year

Mountain Times: February 20, 2021

• High Country Valentine’s Day COVID-19 Guide

The Appalachian: February 12, 2021

• NC Tripping: Apple Hill Farm

NC Tripping: December 14, 2020

• Families enjoy tours of Apple Hill Farm

Watauga Democrat: November 24, 2020

• Fine Art and Master Crafts Festival returns to Sugar Mountain

Mountain Times; August 20, 2020

• Tours of local farms offer unique educational experiences

Watauga Democrat: June 24, 2020

• Knitting with Alpacas

Published Monday, August 15, 2016

• Goat Shearing

Published Tuesday, October 4, 2016

• Fundraiser for the local fire victims and sale of cards

Published Monday, August 22, 2016

Other Press:

• These weekend getaways offer the best of North Carolina

Fayetteville Observer; December 16, 2020

• Agritourism farms open, taking precautions

Bladen Journal; October 13, 2020

• These 7 Spots are Perfect for North Carolina Animal Lovers

Narcity; November 29, 2019

• A visit to this alpaca farm and store in North Carolina is just the sweet experience you need

Only in Your State: December 12, 2018

• People Fall in Love with Banner Elk

Greensboro News & Record;

• Banner Elk Escape

Winston-Salem Monthly; Published

• Best-Kept Secrets: Meet the Animals

News & Observer; September 4, 2016

Recent audio & podcasts of Apple Hill Farm

Productive Flourishing Podcast: December 14, 2017

Agritourism is booming right now, as people more and more are trying to find ways to unplug from their tech-driven lives, create memories with their families and come back to the land (quite literally). Lee Rankin explains this and more on the podcast!

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