Word got around about our amazing composted manure in the spring, and we were cleaned out of it. There is no composted manure available right now – it has taken a longer time than expected to decompose. Right now we are looking at mid-November for the next batch to be ready.
Please note that we can no longer offer this for free. We are asking a $20 donation per carload and a minimum of a $40 donation per truckload.
It’s gorgeous. It looks, smells, and feels like dirt but it’s fully composted and aged manure all from our sanctuary animals, mixed with straw bedding and hay. And it’s come from happy, healthy animals.
We have a self-serve manure bunker outside our gate which is refilled at the end of each day. There is also a donation box. We have a suggested donation of $20 per carload.
We have a tractor-savvy volunteer on-hand Friday mornings from 9-12, but please make an appointment first. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 301-674-5716. We have a suggested donation of $40 per truckload.
Masks are required for entry to the farm.
Yes, but only limited volunteers are trained to load up into pickup trucks/dump trailers. You must make an appointment in advance if you need your vehicle loaded up by the tractor, because we may not have anyone on hand to help you all the time. We do not allow visitors to run our tractor.
Yes. If you wish to bring buckets or large contractor bags to load up, you may help yourself – please bring your own shovels and buckets/bags.
We have a suggested donation of $20 per carload (self serve by the manure bunker outside our gate) and $40 per truckload.
Donations not only help pay for food for the animals, but they help us maintain our tractor which is how we are able to give you such great compost!
We have had weeks when the farm was simply too wet for vehicles to drive up to the compost pile. Please check with us before setting out.
Also – wet compost is heavy compost. We recommend you do not come when it has been raining or is currently raining.
The compost is made from the manure of our animals: cows, goats, sheep, alpacas, llamas, horses, geese, chickens, plus bedding (pine shavings and straw) and uneaten hay. Note: we are not “organic”, but we do not use pesticides or any kind of chemicals on the property. All animals are free range, happy, and healthy, and their primary diet is orchard grass, timothy hay, grain, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Reports back from gardeners say that this stuff is magic.
We have both fully composted and hot piles (and everything in between).
Catalyst Compost: SMOKIN’! If you need hot manure to get your own compost pile cooking fast, you should bring tins or heat-proof cannisters. This stuff will get your compost broken down much faster, and will add vital nutrients.
Magic Mountains of Manure: 100% composted manure, multi-flavored: gifts from cows, goats, sheep, horses, and a variety of fowl, plus straw and hay, all cooked, regularly turned, and ready to go. Can be put directly on working gardens and lawns.
Little Herbie was at the auction house. The livestock auction. This is a very scary place, even to older animals. Imagine how it must have been for this 3 month old baby who couldn’t even walk properly. Herbie was only 3 months old and was all by himself. You’ll see from his photos that his front legs are deformed. But .. a woman saw him and cried, and bid on him so as to save his life.
Through our connections with an animal control agency in West Virginia, we brought Herbie to our farm in May of 2020.
Herbie gets around quite well using his front knees to navigate, but long term we worry about spinal damage, arthritis, not to mention organ misalignment. So we took Herbie to Bionic Pets in Sterling, VA where he got fitted for prosthetic legs!
We are trying to raise $3,000 to help with Herbie’s new legs. Can you chip in to help this little guy walk properly again?
Many thanks to all the wonderful and kind people who have sent gifts by mail and brought gifts in person for the animals this holiday season! It’s been just a joy for everyone! Folks requested a summary of what’s been received and, so that is included below and will be updated daily.
PLEASE NOTE: Many boxes of gifts arrived with no notation in them as to who they were from. If you’d like to receive a charitable contribution receipt for your gift, please contact us at email@example.com. Also, if you have ordered something and/or don’t see that your item has been marked as received, please contact us so we can check.
Thank you again – these gifts really make a difference to everyone at the farm!
Items with lines through them have been received and thank you!
Mother lode of treats
|Jethro||Bow Tie Collar
|Dee Dee||Grooming kit
Feed storage bin
Heat lamp bulbs
Heat lamp bulbs
|Nicole||Wide tooth comb
|George chin||Cage pan
|Ray Ray||Stall Guard
Nesting box bottoms
|Little Vinnie||Mineral Block
Zoom audio recorder
It takes a long time to put up a new barn – we have to be very smart about the placement, the space used (since we have a small property), and the design – to make sure it can accommodate a variety of needs and many sizes of animals.
Our new barn shall be placed at the top of the main pasture, and will have an open architecture – this will easily accommodate our larger animals, and maybe, just maybe, could be a nice spot for a hoedown.
We will need to bring in many tons of gravel, a grader to level out the spot, and a trencher to run electricity and water to the farm. Our estimated cost at this time is $25,000. Won’t you help us make this wonderful dream come true!?
Judy: In memory of Tigba and Sullivan
Kevin: In memory of my wife Suzanne who passed away in January 2016 after fighting colorectal cancer for 13 years.
Anne: In memory of John and his beloved cat Fred, and Judy and her love and compassion for all animals.
Veronica: In memory of my sweet Parakeet Tiki who passed away on Oct. 5
Shelly: In memory of all my sweet rescues over a lifetime, and there have been many. Now they all sit on my mantel waiting for the day I become a memory so we can all be together again!
Richard: In memory of Newman
Sweet Zachary, who nearly died from starvation, had a bit of a setback last week. The ongoing ulcer in his right eye erupted and the eye had to be removed. He has had a lot of trouble putting on weight, which also caused some pressure sores. The hospital did a biopsy and found that he has inflammatory bowel syndrome – treatable by steroids – with treatment he should start to really gain weight quickly.
We hope his hospital stay will only be a while longer. We are welcoming donations of any amount to be made to his fund. We have also put together a wishlist of things that you can send or bring to him that will help him out!
WISH LIST FOR ZACHARY
|Date of letter||Animal||Item desired||Received?|
|12/1||Mamie, dog||Bowls: https://tinyurl.com/bowls-for-mamie
|12/1||Mamie, dog||Bones: https://tinyurl.com/bones-for-mamie
|12/1||Mamie, dog||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Received!|
|12/2||Don Giovanni, rabbit||Apple/timothy biscuits: https://tinyurl.com/biscuits-giovanni
|12/2||Don Giovanni, rabbit||Oxbow treats: https://tinyurl.com/assortment-giovanni
|12/2||Don Giovanni, rabbit||Vacuum: https://tinyurl.com/bunny-vacuum||Received!
|12/2||Don Giovanni, rabbit||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Received!
|12/3||Sweetly, goat||Goat Treats: https://tinyurl.com/treats-for-sweetly
|12/3||Sweetly, goat||Water guns: https://tinyurl.com/water-guns-for-sweetly||Received!
|12/3||Sweetly, goat||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Received!|
|12/4||Sullivan, dog||Bed: https://tinyurl.com/bed-for-sully
|12/4||Sullivan, dog||Bed pads: https://tinyurl.com/pads-for-sully||Received!|
|12/4||Sullivan, dog||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Received!|
|12/5||Redd, rooster||Feeder: https://tinyurl.com/feeder-for-redd||Received!|
|12/5||Redd, rooster||Leg bands: https://tinyurl.com/leg-bands-for-redd||Received!|
|12/5||Redd, rooster||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Received!|
|12/6||Carmen, cow||Cowbell: https://tinyurl.com/swiss-cowbell-for-carmen||Received!|
|12/6||Carmen, cow||Halter: https://tinyurl.com/halter-for-carmen||Received!|
|12/6||Carmen, cow||Large mineral feeder: https://tinyurl.com/mineral-feeder-example||Not yet!|
|12/6||Carmen, cow||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Received!|
|12/7||Maria, cat||Special food: https://tinyurl.com/sensitive-food-for-maria||Received!|
|12/7||Maria, cat||Three-cat-feeder: https://tinyurl.com/feeder-for-maria||Received!|
|12/7||Maria, cat||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Received!|
|12/8||George, Chinchilla||Replacement pan for condo: https://tinyurl.com/bottom-pan-for-george||Not yet!|
|12/8||George, Chinchilla||Replacement pan for condo- middle area: https://tinyurl.com/middle-pan-for-george||Not yet!|
|12/8||George, Chinchilla||Perch: https://tinyurl.com/rounded-perch-for-george||Received!|
|12/8||George, Chinchilla||Chinchilla treats: https://tinyurl.com/treats-for-george||Received!|
|12/8||George, Chinchilla||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Not yet!|
|12/9||Milo, dog||Bowls: https://tinyurl.com/bowls-for-milo
|12/9||Milo, dog||Bones: https://tinyurl.com/bones-for-milo
|12/9||Milo, dog||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Received!|
|12/10||Dee Dee Donkey||Hoof picks: https://tinyurl.com/hoof-pick-for-deedee||Received!|
|12/10||Dee Dee Donkey||Brush: https://tinyurl.com/brush-for-deedee||Received!|
|12/10||Dee Dee Donkey||Barn shovel: https://tinyurl.com/shovel-for-deedee||Received!|
|12/10||Dee Dee Donkey||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Received!|
|12/11||Senna the alpaca||Cookies – soft: https://tinyurl.com/treats-for-senna||Received!|
|12/11||Senna the alpaca||Mrs. Pastures cookies: https://tinyurl.com/mrs-pastures-cookies||Received!|
|12/11||Senna the alpaca||Minerals: https://tinyurl.com/alpaca-minerals-104||Received!|
|12/11||Senna the alpaca||Tractor bucket (please contact us for details)||Not yet!|
|12/12||Newman Goat||Vet wrap: https://tinyurl.com/vet-wrap-for-newman||Received!|
|12/12||Newman Goat||Curved-tip syringes: https://tinyurl.com/irrigation-tips-for-newman||Received!|
|12/12||Newman Goat||Fig Newtons||Received!|
|12/12||Newman Goat||Shoe protectors for visitors: https://tinyurl.com/booties-for-newmans-visitors||Received!|
|12/12||Newman Goat||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Received!|
|12/13||Leo the Goat||Hose quick-connects: https://tinyurl.com/quick-connect-hose-tools||Not yet!|
|12/13||Leo the Goat||Hose splitters: https://tinyurl.com/hose-splitter||Not yet!|
|12/13||Leo the Goat||Fence-fixing tools: https://tinyurl.com/fence-fixing-tools||Received!|
|12/13||Leo the Goat||
|12/14||Ray Ray, the sheep||Heater water bucket: https://tinyurl.com/heated-water-bucket||Received!|
|12/14||Ray Ray, the sheep||Eye wash: https://tinyurl.com/eye-wash-for-ray||Received!|
|12/14||Ray Ray, the sheep||Eye ointment: https://tinyurl.com/ophthalmic-ointment-for-ray||Received!|
|12/14||Ray Ray, the sheep||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Received!|
|12/15||Waldo the pig||Vitamins: https://tinyurl.com/vitamins-for-waldo||Received!|
|12/15||Waldo the pig||Coconut oil: https://tinyurl.com/coconut-oil-for-waldo||Received!|
|12/15||Waldo the pig||Cordless dremel: https://tinyurl.com/toenail-dremel-for-waldo||Received!|
|12/15||Waldo the pig||
|12/16||George the goose||Broom for the chicken barn: https://tinyurl.com/broom-for-missus-george||Not yet!|
|12/16||George the goose||Shovel: https://tinyurl.com/shovel-for-georges-missus||Received!|
|12/16||George the goose||Extension cord: https://tinyurl.com/extension-cord-for-george||Received!|
|12/16||George the goose||Better deal on 2 extension cords: https://tinyurl.com/twofer-extension-cords-for-geo||Received!|
|12/16||George the goose||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Received!|
|12/17||Bruno the horse||Eye wash: https://tinyurl.com/eye-wash-for-bruno||Received!|
|12/17||Bruno the horse||Fly mask: https://tinyurl.com/fly-mask-for-bruno||Received!|
|12/17||Bruno the horse||A top loading washing machine (older model is preferred, used is just fine!)||Not yet!|
|12/17||Bruno the horse||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Not yet!|
|12/18||Salvo the horse||Lead rope: https://tinyurl.com/lead-rope-for-salvo||Received!|
|12/18||Salvo the horse||Lunge line: https://tinyurl.com/lunge-line-for-salvo||Not yet!|
|12/18||Salvo the horse||Battery for clipper: https://tinyurl.com/battery-for-horse-clippers||Received!|
|12/18||Salvo the horse||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Not yet!|
|12/19||Little Vinnie||Walkie Talkies: https://tinyurl.com/walkie-talkies-for-vinnie||Received!|
|12/19||Little Vinnie||Berry-flavored goat snacks: https://tinyurl.com/goat-snacks-for-vinnie||Not yet!|
|12/19||Little Vinnie||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Not yet!|
|12/20||Cinnamon||Tunnel ledge: https://tinyurl.com/cuddle-ledge-for-cinnamon||Received!|
|12/20||Cinnamon||Litter box: https://tinyurl.com/big-litter-box-for-cinnamon||Received!|
|12/20||Cinnamon||Top loading washing machine (same request as Bruno!)||Not yet!|
|12/20||Cinnamon||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Not yet!|
|12/21||Angel||Hoof trimmer sharpener: https://tinyurl.com/hoof-trim-sharpener-for-angel||Received!|
|12/22||Brandy||Hand warmers: https://tinyurl.com/hand-warmers-for-brandy||Received!|
|12/22||Brandy||Hoof rasp for Brandy: https://tinyurl.com/hoof-rasp-for-brandy||Not yet!|
|12/22||Brandy||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Not yet!|
|12/23||Madison||Bandage scissors: https://tinyurl.com/scissors-for-madison1||Not yet!|
|12/23||Madison||Blunt-tipped scissors: https://tinyurl.com/scissors-for-madison2||Not yet!|
|12/23||Madison||Gate wheels: https://tinyurl.com/gate-wheel||Not yet!|
|12/24||Ricardo||Donate to the Ricardo medical fund: https://tinyurl.com/ricardo-medical-fund||Not yet!|
|12/24||Ricardo||Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/||Not yet!|
Louisa was so shy when she first arrived at SGF that is was almost impossible to get near her. But little by little she has joined our farm family. She spends time with the sheep flock in front of the big fan in the summer, and she has taken a liking to our three new alpaca! Read more about Louisa.
Oreo is the most ornery rabbit you are likely to ever meet. She has reason, although we do feel she might have mellowed a bit over all this time now.
Oreo was brought here as a boarder. She was a very angry rabbit. Her owners never did come to pick her up which made her even angrier. She would lash out at anyone trying to reach into her condo to feed her or, God forbid, pet her. She got the nickname “Killer Rabbit”, or, a la Monty Python, “Run away, run away”. We suspect that her early years with her original owners were not a stellar example of animal care.
Over time she has mellowed. She is very very sweet if you let her run around and will sit in your lap for hours. But if you reach into her condo without her permission …. UH OH!