Gardeners’ Corner

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.

WHAT IS IT?

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.

WHEN CAN I GET IT?

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 compost@stargazingfarm.org or text 301-674-5716.  We have a suggested donation of $40 per truckload.

Masks are required for entry to the farm.

DO YOU HAVE A FRONT LOADER?

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.

IS IT SELF-SERVE?

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.

WHERE DO I GO ON THE FARM? (truck loads only)

Click to see full-sized map with instructions

  1.  Outside gates are always closed.  You need to close them behind you before driving up.  Please do not block the driveway.
  2. Drive up to the left side of the house to the Farm Office and ask for which path to drive up.
  3. If the pasture is dry enough, you may drive directly through it.  If not, we will direct you around the right side of all the barns.
  4. Please drive very very slowly.  The animals are free-range on the farm and do not pay attention to vehicles.  You must watch for both small and large animals.

WHAT IS THE COST?

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!

WHAT IF IT’S RAINING?

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.

WHAT DOES IT COMPRISE?

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 to get Prostheses!

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?




Santa Letter items 2019

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 info@stargazingfarm.org.  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!

Animal Item URL
Cracky Litter
Indoor grass
https://www.chewy.com/dr-elseys-precious-cat-ultra-clumping/dp/32363
https://www.chewy.com/smartcat-kittys-garden/dp/49067
Bruno Training halter
Hoofpick
https://tinyurl.com/halter-for-bruno
https://tinyurl.com/hoofpick-for-bruno
Jenny Goat treats
Mother lode of treats
Heat lamp
https://tinyurl.com/treats-for-jenny
https://tinyurl.com/mother-lode-treats-for-jenny
https://www.premier1supplies.com/p/prima-heat-lamp
Waldo Q-tips
Sorting panels
Cotton swabs
https://tinyurl.com/q-tips-for-waldo
https://www.hogslat.com/pig-sorting-panel-pink
https://tinyurl.com/cotton-swabs-for-waldo
Petey Halter
Salt block
Jolly ball
https://tinyurl.com/halter-for-petey
https://tinyurl.com/salt-for-petey
https://tinyurl.com/ball-for-petey
Jethro Bow Tie Collar
Dasuquin
https://tinyurl.com/collar-for-jethro
https://tinyurl.com/dasiquin-for-jethro
Dee Dee Grooming kit
Face brush
Feed storage bin
https://tinyurl.com/grooming-kit-for-dee-dee
https://tinyurl.com/face-brush-for-dee-dee
https://tinyurl.com/feed-storage-for-dee-dee
Gallo Bugs
Heat lamp
Heat lamp bulbs
https://tinyurl.com/bugs-for-gallo
https://tinyurl.com/heat-lamp-for-gallo
https://tinyurl.com/heat-lamp-bulbs-for-gallo
Ricardo Collar
Lead rope
https://tinyurl.com/collar-for-ricardo
https://tinyurl.com/lead-rope-for-ricardo
Sam Pee pads
Zero Odor
https://tinyurl.com/pee-pads-for-sam
https://www.zeroodor.com/collections/all/products/pet-kit
Zoe Treats
Hay treats
https://tinyurl.com/treats-for-zoe
https://tinyurl.com/special-hay-for-zoe
Madison Work Gloves
Heat lamp bulbs
https://tinyurl.com/work-gloves-for-madison
https://tinyurl.com/heat-lamp-bulbs-for-madison
Senna Fan
Fly mask
Dectomax
https://tinyurl.com/summer-fan-for-senna
https://www.useful-items.com/product-p/flymask.htm
https://tinyurl.com/dectomax-for-senna
May May Mealworms
Vet wrap
https://tinyurl.com/mealworms-for-maymay
https://tinyurl.com/vet-wrap-for-maymay
Pippa Collar
Bell
Cookie Cutter
https://tinyurl.com/collar-for-pippa
https://tinyurl.com/bell-for-pippa
https://tinyurl.com/cookie-cutter-for-pippa
Nicole Wide tooth comb
Comb
Conditioner
Dasuquin
https://tinyurl.com/wide-tooth-comb-for-nicole
https://tinyurl.com/comb-for-nicole
https://tinyurl.com/detangler-for-nicole
https://tinyurl.com/dasuquin-for-nicole
George chin Cage pan
Treats
Treats
Treats
Dust bath
https://tinyurl.com/pan-for-george
https://tinyurl.com/treats-for-george-1
https://tinyurl.com/treats-for-george-2
https://tinyurl.com/treats-for-george-3
https://tinyurl.com/dust-bath-for-george
George goose Heated poultry waterer
Grass seed
https://tinyurl.com/heated-waterer-for-george
https://tinyurl.com/seed-for-george
Ray Ray Stall Guard
Wheelbarrow
https://tinyurl.com/stall-guard-for-rayray
https://tinyurl.com/wheelbarrow-for-rayray
Blueberry Red Wheat
White wheat
Nesting box bottoms
https://tinyurl.com/red-wheat-for-blueberry
https://tinyurl.com/white-wheat-in-a-cool-bucket
https://tinyurl.com/nest-box-bottoms
Brandy Rake
Loppers
Barn contribution
https://tinyurl.com/rake-for-brandy
https://tinyurl.com/loppers-for-brandy
http://www.stargazingfarm.org/new-barn-underway/
Old Vinnie Hoof trimmers
Drench gun
Cydectin de-wormer
https://tinyurl.com/hoof-trimmers-for-vinnie
https://tinyurl.com/drench-gun-for-vinnie
https://tinyurl.com/cydectin-for-vinnie
Little Vinnie Mineral Block
Zoom audio recorder
https://tinyurl.com/mineral-block-for-vinnie
https://tinyurl.com/recorder-for-vinnie
Marguerite Bowl
Tractor tires
https://tinyurl.com/feed-bowl-for-marguerite 
https://tinyurl.com/tractor-tire-for-Marguerite

New Barn Underway

Progress on barn raising fund

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!?

Memorials Page

In loving memory:

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

Wish List for Zachary

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

Cumulative Wishlist from Animals – Santa Letters 2018

Date of letter Animal Item desired Received?
12/1 Mamie, dog Bowls: https://tinyurl.com/bowls-for-mamie

 

Received!

 

12/1 Mamie, dog Bones: https://tinyurl.com/bones-for-mamie

 

Received!

 

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

 

Received!

 

12/2 Don Giovanni, rabbit Oxbow treats: https://tinyurl.com/assortment-giovanni

 

Received!

 

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

 

Received!

 

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 Freezer

 

Received!
12/4 Sullivan, dog Bed: https://tinyurl.com/bed-for-sully

 

Received!
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

 

Received!
12/9 Milo, dog Bones: https://tinyurl.com/bones-for-milo

 

Received!
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
Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/
Not yet!
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
Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/
Received!
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 Collar: https://tinyurl.com/collar-for-angel Received!
12/21 Angel Hoof trimmer sharpener: https://tinyurl.com/hoof-trim-sharpener-for-angel Received!
12/21 Angel
Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/
Not yet!
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!
12/23 Madison
Sponsorship: http://www.stargazingfarm.org/animals/sponsor-an-animal/
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!

 

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Meet Louisa

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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

A rabbit with attitude

A rabbit with attitude

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!

Would you like to sponsor Oreo?