2018 Jim Barker Award Winner- Tim Sheets

Tim Sheets


Farm Name and Address:

Heritage Farm Suri Alpacas

4175 N 1200 W

Flora, IN 46929


Tim and his wife Beth started Heritage Farm Suri Alpacas in central Indiana.  They have been raising Suri alpacas since 2003 and have been active members of the Suri Network from their beginning. In 2016 they expanded their business in the agritourism field by offering their farm for weddings, farm stay experiences and educational events.  Maintaining the heritage of their farm is important and was demonstrated when selected in top 10 barns for the Indiana bicentennial with their 1911 historic barn in 2016 and the John Arnold award for rural preservation in 2017.


Tim worked as a hospital pharmacist and for a major pharmaceutical company prior for over 30 years prior to his current position in retail pharmacy.   He has supported the local 4-H program by serving on the Exhibit Board, Extension Board and the Lama Committee.


Within the alpaca industry he has served as President and Vice President on the Indiana Alpaca Association and Suri Network Boards.  He has strongly supported the SHIP program and developed tools to support the program. 


Current Organization Memberships:

Indiana Barn Foundation – Treasurer

Suri Network – SHIP program

Indiana Alpaca Association

Alpaca Owners Association

4-H Lama Committee



Philosophy of leadership:

I believe that leadership is a privilege and an honor, but it is also a great responsibility.  My philosophy of leadership is one of collaboration and teamwork within which members of the team can utilize one another’s strengths to achieve a common goal.  The greatest leaders know their limitations and are good at leveraging their strengths and the strengths of others to compensate.


A leader is someone who listens well, can effectively motivate and inspire, and provides a team with thoughtful vision and strategic direction.  A leader is one who leads by example and empowers his followers.  A leader understands the needs of the organization he leads and does his best to address those needs.


  Suri Network
P.O. Box 1984
Estes Park, Colorado   80517
Phone: (970) 586-5876
Fax: (970) 591-0007

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