We’re so happy to have finally realized the project of our new barn.  This barn will make an enormous difference to our older animals in winter time, providing them with both shelter and open space, opening up more space in the “old barn” for animals to take shelter … and it looks pretty!  We have included in the barn an extra stall that can be used as an infirmary/quarantine area, as well.

The next step is going to be putting in fencing around the barn to create modular paddocks.

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We owe many thanks to the incredible outpouring of donations that made this project possible.

Over $1000
Susan Airis Epes in memory of her mother Marcia A. Airis
Blueberry Hill AGM Foundation
Laura & Douglas Cox in honor “King Bertie”
Mary Jane Ruhl

$500 -$999
Michael Gresalfi
Michelle Newberry
Michael Rubin
Wendy Skinner in honor of her father
P.L. Wells

Elizabeth Balog
Hisaho Blair
Rosemary Bonanni
Merry Bruns
Mariellen Clarke
Carol Crew
Marti Crosby
Lisa Couturier
Karen Curry
Nancy Dacek
Dorothy Drake
Paul Eisenhaur     Kate Griffin
Sophie & Stanley Janet
Adrienne Karpov
Mary Kepferle
Alexander Knopf
Melinda Kramer
Angela Lindsay
Linna Lippke
Seamus & Caeli Lynch
Steven Manos
Cheryl Mawo    Joan Maxwell
Kari Minesinger
Megan Moore
David Newkirk
Margaret Null
Katy O’Grady
Katarina Oberg
One Touch Physical Therapy
Angela & Jon Owen
Physical Therapy Professional Center    J. Qulom
Mario Salazar
Katrin Schultheiss
Megan Trott
Robert Shackleton
Tim Shank
Mary Smith
Jayme Sokolow
Jennifer Sterling
Janice Stephens
Marion Story
Thomas Strong    Robin Thomas
Sandra Thomas
Mary A Viar
Rosetta Virgilio
Lynda West
John White
Peggy Winter
Sara Yassin
Kim Yockers
William Zitsch

Montgomery Magazine’s 2015 August/September issue has a lovely article on the work Star Gazing Farm does.  [read the article in PDF formatLink to the article’s web site

News from the farm – our new alpaca and pig arrivals, progress on the barn, and more!

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Press Release

July 6, 2015

Our first view of the elusive white sheep, amongst the berry bushes right along route 270.

Our first view of the elusive white sheep, amongst the berry bushes right along route 270.

Germantown, MD – In early June a white sheep (initially misidentified as a goat) was seen running loose in the Clarksburg/Germantown area, worrying drivers and animal lovers alike. Since July 1 the sheep had been sighted numerous times on route I-270 at Middleburg Road, exit 13A, near the off-ramp. Concerned about the danger both to the animal and to citizens driving on the highway, many citizens posted to the Montgomery County Lost Pets page on Facebook, and contacted two local farm sanctuaries – Poplar Spring animal sanctuary in Poolesville, MD and Star Gazing Farm animal sanctuary in Boyds, MD. The sanctuaries responded immediately to ensure the safety of the stray animal. Calls made to state police and local animal control yielded no results.


At his new home, safe and sound!

Very early in the morning on July 5, Terry Cummings and Dave Hoerauf of Poplar Spring, and Anne Shroeder and Tanya Henderson of Star Gazing Farm, located the sheep, and herded him east of the sound barrier wall, blocking his access to the highway. Later that evening additional volunteers from Star Gazing Farm Diane Ray and Susan Airis-Epes joined in to assist with a safe and humane capture. Several very helpful children from the neighborhood of Staleybridge Road in Germantown joined in to ensure the safety of the sheep and should be applauded for their participation.

Angel, the feminine sheep

Angel, the feminine sheep

It was the allure of the feminine that brought this roving man to roost. Angel, a Jacob ewe who lives at Star Gazing Farm, persuaded this ram to follow her into the safety of a stock trailer.

Both highway drivers and this sheep are safely out of the woods; this lost sheep will have a permanent home at Poplar Spring animal sanctuary.


To learn more about this rescue mission, please contact
Anne Shroeder, Star Gazing Farm
16760 Whites Store Road
Boyds, MD 20841
tel: 301-349-0802 or 301-755-8400
Terry Cummings, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
P.O. Box 507
Poolesville, MD 20837
tel: 301-428-8128


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