Star Gazing Farm Animal Sanctuary provides safe haven to abused, stray, and neglected farm animals

and offers educational programs and community service opportunities to young people.

The farm is located on 4 acres of rolling hills in Western Montgomery County, Maryland.

Make a Donation

Star Gazing Farm is a non profit 501(c)3 organization. Contributions are tax deductible.
CFC#: 86412

Wish Lists

You can help with just a few dollars and send a gift to the animals!

Check out our online wish list
Or visit our wish list.

Farm stories

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Farm events, animal news & farm stories

News & Events

Farm Visits

Due to COVID, we are not holding any large events this year.  Currently we are open by reservation only.  Scheduled visits are on Saturdays and occur once or twice a month.  We can host up to 10 people for each appointment time; visits last 90 minutes and include lots of face to face time with the animals.

Please visit our online shop  to check available visitor slots.   [more information]

Composted Manure for Gardeners

UPDATE:  as of April 24, our composted manure is gone.  We have another large batch “cooking” and expect it to be ready by May 25.

Our composted manure has grown in popularity to the point that we can no longer respond to individual requests.
Pickup schedule times

We have LIMITED SUPPLY that is ready to go this spring.  Please:  Only one carload or truckload per family. “Share the poop.”

PLEASE READ OUR FAQ before heading to the farm.   Masks are required at all times.

2020 on the Farm

Read all about the goings on at the farm during 2020. Learn about our new verification with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries! Meet some new personalities, find out about Herbie our special needs sheep, get a preview of our 2021 calendar, and bid a sad farewell to some of our beloved animals.
[read newsletter – PDF]

New Online Store!

We have opened a brand new online shop!  We’ve recently received shipments from the woollen mills of yarn (made from our very own dear animals), socks, mittens, hats, and more.

Sales go directly to benefit the animals.


Volunteer Workdays

Workdays are held every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, year-round, rain or shine. Volunteers wishing to come need to let us know by the Friday morning beforehand by emailing  Volunteers must have completed orientation and filled out paperwork before arriving to volunteer.

Volunteer Orientations

Orientations have been postponed until further notice due to Governor Hogan’s stay at home directive.

Read more about volunteering