Shearing Day at the Farm – April 27, 2019

Sheep shearing

Sheep shearing

Shearing day is quite possibly the most important day of the year for a fiber animal.  Fiber animals are those who have been bred over centuries to grow hair/fleece/wool  – it does not shed on its own and therefore it is our job to remove it for them so that they are cool for the summer.

Our shearing day is always open to the public.  It is a great educational experience for young and old, alike.  You will have the opportunity to touch the animals before and after shearing, and to feel the fiber after it comes off.  If you are a spinner and wish to purchase any of the fiber, we will negotiate that with the animals!

Saturday April 27, 2019, noon-4 Rain or Shine

We’ll be shearing our sheep, alpacas, llamas. and Angora goats.  In addition to shearing, we will be trimming toenails, and doing a bit of dental work on the llamas and alpacas.  You can see the fiber as it comes freshly off the animals, learn about skirting, sorting, dyeing, and see what harvesting fleece is all about.

Many people ask, does it hurt the animal?  The answer is no! In fact, if you don’t shear annually, the wool keeps on growing and growing and growing and can be a real health hazard, so we shear once a year in the spring.

This event is free and open to the public, but please do leave your own pets at home.  Directions to the farm.

Valentines on the Farm

Sample doggie valentine’s bag!

Please join us next Saturday, February 9 from noon-4 to give some love to the animals!  Kiss a cow, snuggle with a sheep, wrestle with a goat, pet a donkey.

For a donation of $10 or more you can choose a special gift bag for your dog or cat, full of goodies they will love!

Come and browse our gift shop – there might just be something there you want to get for your human sweetie, too!

Hot vegan lunch available, hot and cold beverages, and tours to meet the animals.

All family members welcome, but please leave your own pets at home.


Ricardo’s Hospital Fundraiser!

Dear Santa Claus,

When can I come home? I’ve been such a good boy all year (at least since the time I was born) but I’ve been here in the sheep hospital for a long time now. I miss my friend Ray and my alpacas, and I even miss some of the goats. I had a really big boo boo – part of my stomach suddenly was sticking out of my body and then I got so sick and then they did something called surgery on me. I’m feeling pretty good now and I have a good appetite, but my incision isn’t healing quite right yet. Sigh. At least the students and nurses here are all so sweet.

I know the people at home miss me, too. Some people asked if they could drive up and visit me! The answer is yes yes yes! Maia, who is an artist, even drew a picture of me because she loves me so much.

I don’t know what to ask for, Santa, All I want is to go home and be better again. I know that my hospital bill is really high. That’s because I came in as an emergency, and the surgery took a really, really long time. I think it’s now over $2000. But I heard the doctors saying “Miss Anne said to do whatever it takes to make him better.” That made me feel all warm and goofy.

I’m a clever sheep, and I have a lot of time on my hands, so I created this special button that will take people right to a place where they can contribute to my medical fund. I want my wonderful doctors to get paid. They are very skilled and very kind to me.

Anyone who donates $200 or more to my medical fund will receive a special limited-edition mug with MY face on it plus a sponsorship package just for me. I know that not everyone has that much money lying around ( I sure don’t but then, I’m a sheep so I’d be more likely to chew on it!) so if you’d just like to sponsor me you can click here!

Well, Santa, I’m so happy that I am loved and I just can’t wait to come home. I’m sure you want to go home, too, since you’ve been on the road a long time! I hope to see you next year.

Love, Ricardo

Star Gazing Farm
16760 Whites Store Road
Boyds, MD 20841


Holiday Gift Shop and Open Farm – CANCELLED

So very sorry! The farm will be closed until February 1, 2019.

Animal control picked up a skunk on the property that tested positive for rabies.

None of our animals was injured in any way.

Another rabid skunk was found in another part of Boyds just two weeks prior to this. All of our animals are up to date on rabies vaccines, and are all getting booster shots.  However, we take rabies very seriously and so are voluntarily putting our farm under quarantine for the next 45 days (until February 1, 2019).

We will re-open and hold a make-up Santa in February event then!

Fall Festival on the Farm

Join us Saturday, October 20 from noon to 4 for a celebration of fall!  The weather should be beautiful!

Come dressed in your costume – kids will win a prize for costumes!

We’ll have traditional farm games for young and old, bake sale, hot cider, tours to meet the animals, and lovely hand-crafted items available for purchase in our gift shop.

This event is free and open to the public (but please leave your own pets at home).  This event is held as part of the Heritage Montgomery Harvest Festival.

Directions to the farm

Download flyer!

Farm Tour Days: 2018

Every summer the Montgomery County Farm Tour brings hundreds of visitors to our farm. There are so many poignant moments, when people connect with animals in sometimes unexpected ways. It’s a beautiful (but hot!) event. Kids get their faces painted, adults sit and watch the roosters in the trees, the goats get into people’s belongings, and people go home with one-of-a-kind souvenirs from our farm, including sponsorships of an animal.

This year please join us on Saturday, July 28 and 29 between 10 and 4!

The event is free and open to everyone, but please leave your pets at home. If you can carpool with friends, that is a great idea – we get pretty crowded!

We have guided tours to meet the animals face to face and learn their stories.  Our wonderful gift shop is open and this year we have more than 30 new, totally unique, hand-woven wool/alpaca rugs.  There are sno cones, a bake sale, and other refreshments available, and lots of craft activities for children.

Our address is 16760 Whites Store Road, Boyds, MD 20841

Animals’ Letters to Santa Claus

It’s their very own advent calendar!

The animals are all extremely busy right now writing their letters to Santa Claus. Most of them have been good, but a few of them have been naughty – I wonder if they will let on to Santa? This is the spot where you can read their letters. Each day a different animal will get to publish his or her letter. If you’d like to send them a gift that they ask for, it will make them very happy!

Click on today’s date to read today’s letter! You can also read the letters from previous days (in blue). Days in red … well, those are still a surprise!

2018 Star Gazing Farm wall calendar


The 2018 Star Gazing Calendars are here!  Each month features a gorgeous photo of our animals (by photographer Kathe Powell).  This is a 12-month calendar, 17″x 11″, and is in full color. with the last four months of 2017 in summary.  The calendar includes holidays, and the full, new, and crescent moons.

You can purchase the calendar at the farm or at one of our events, or order online.  All proceeds of sales of the calendar go directly to help care for our animals.

The cost is $20 per calendar (or $22 with shipping).  [take a peek inside!]

Calendar menu

2017 Farm Tour

Saturday-Sunday, July 22-23, 10-4:  Star Gazing Farm will participate in the annual Montgomery County Farm Tour.

Come and visit the sanctuary animals, tour the barnyard, enjoy our famous snowcones and cool off in the air conditioned gift shop and bunny motel.  Lots to do for all ages – and this event is FREE and open to the public (but please leave your own pets at home).

Directions to the farm




Be Our Valentine!

[Read our Valentine’s Day story “A Peaceable Kingdom”]

Dearheart, pumpkin pie, sweet pea, honey bun, boobooloo, sweetie … these are some of the adorable names that our animals frequently hear from the visitors and volunteers who love them so much.

In addition to finding the perfect nick name for the various animals, you can also show and share your love by becoming a Sustaining Friend of the Farm!  Spread your love out over the whole year, let them know that they are always in your thoughts.  What could make a better Valentine’s Day than warming the cockles of your own heart knowing that you’ve helped a creature in need live a safe and happy life?

Our amazing animals really do rely on the kindness of strangers.  We are so grateful for the contributions that we receive, as it supports and enables our efforts.  However, financial contributions often arrive in fits and spurts, as do the cash consuming medical emergencies, farm equipment breakdowns, and everyday unexpected needs. Sometimes we have few financial worries, and sometimes the coffers get rather low and it can be very worrisome. For the price of a few cups of coffee you can help provide the income stability we so dearly need to care for our charges. If you enjoy our stories, photos and news about the positive work we do at Star Gazing Farm, please consider becoming a sustaining Friend of the Farm by contributing as little as $10 a month. Just click on the button below – it’s easy to set up. And if at any time you find it’s no longer possible for you to give this amount, you can always change or cancel your gift.

Every little bit helps. Thank you for your consideration!


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Some of our supporters have pledged to contribute a certain amount each month, but prefer not to use paypal. They have set up automatic “payments” through their bank, and we receive checks every month.


If you sign up to be a Friend of the Farm, you’ll receive an initial acknowledgement card along with a photo of one of our cuties, so please make sure to include your mailing address.   Your tax-deductible donation receipt will be sent to you at the end of the fiscal year.  Thank you for helping keep us on an even keel throughout the year!