At this time of the year, we ask you to consider the good works that Star Gazing Farm has done both for animals and for people, and to make a tax-deductible charitable contribution.  Our annual letter tells you all about the animals we have taken in this year, and the many activities we have engaged in to help our community.   There are many ways to donate: by check, paypal, by donating goods in kind, by visiting our gift shop and purchasing hand-crafted items, by sponsoring an animal, and by contributing via the Combined Federal Campaign.

We thank you for your support!

2015 Winter Letter [PDF]

Star Gazing Farm will be open for shopping and animal visits during the holiday season!  Please plan on coming out to the farm to meet the farm animals, enjoy hot cider and cookies, and browse through our amazing gift shop chock-a-block full of new handcrafted items, perfect for gift giving.  And for those of you who prefer to go with intangible gifts, we offer animal sponsorship gift packages that warm the cockles of any animal lover’s heart!

DATES: Saturday, November 28, December 5, 12, and 19 —  10-4 each day

Special!! SANTA CLAUS WILL BE AT THE FARM on December 19 ready to hear your last minute gift requests and give you a good belly laugh.

We have beautiful rugs, hand-spun and hand-knitted scarves, hats, and gloves, sachets, jams, wooly cat toys, nesting balls for your wild birds, hand-woven baskets, and more!

Directions to the farm

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.

2015 pickup dates:  Saturdays between 9 am and 3 pm until the end of the year; other days by appointment. Bring a pickup truck, trailer, or heavy duty compost bags or buckets.

Reports back from gardeners say that this stuff is magic.

This season we have two varieties:

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.

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, seeds, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

We invite you to come and take as much as you want, as many loads as you want. If you are able, we’d greatly appreciate a tax-deductible donation to the farm to help us keep our tractor running and filled with diesel, as little or as much as you want to give.

For large loads, or if you can’t make it on Saturdays, please contact us regarding other arrangements for pickup.

Saturday, December 5, noon-4: Join us at the Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair
310 Tulip Avenue, Takoma Park, MD

Wednesday, December 16, 5-10pm: Meet us outside Beers & Cheers for their annual Customer  Appreciation Day.  Wine and beer tasting, and hobnobbing with our sheep!

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!

Read summer newsletter [PDF]

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


We offer community service learning hours to young people in the Montgomery County school system! Volunteers must be at least 11 years of age.  Volunteer Application Form.

Frequently asked questions about volunteering, visiting, and more

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