Adopt-A-Sheep

Follow the life of your adopted sheep through the seasons while getting a behind-the-scenes look at life on a sustainable, grass-based farm.  If you live close by, there will be seasonal visits where you learn abut sheep care and participate in farm activities.  If you live too far to visit regularly, no problem--you’ll have what we call a Remote Adoption. Your communication will be through mail and email, and you’ll be welcome to visit when you can. We have had Adoptive families in 22 different states!

YOUR SHEEP STAYS HERE, AND YOU GET....

  • YOUR sheep’s fleece! Mailed, or picked up at shearing
  • Monthly updates: letters, photos, educational materials
  • Picture, life story of your sheep
  • Story’s Barn Guide to Sheep:
  • Adoption Certificate
  • Storage binder and Sheep Year Calendar
  • Invitations to sheep project days
  • “Sheep Shorts” updates from the flock
  • Personal phone call or email when your sheep lambs or goes into labor
  • Invitation to Lambing Time Slumber Party
  • Priority Registration for Sheep Camp for Kids
  • Discount on overnight farmstays   NEW!
Click to see Year-At-A-Glance

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. How long is the Adoption Period? What does the program cost?
A.
The Adoption Period is 1 year. The program fee is $150 USD, paid at the beginning of your adoption year.

Q. When do I get my wool?
A. Shearing takes place in Jan. So, if you sign up after Jan., it will be a few months until you get your wool.

Q. When can I sign up?
A.
You can enroll any time, and your adoptions period will go for one year after you sign up. 

Q. What kind of sheep am I adopting?
A.
A Coopworth ewe (female) who stays in the flock year after year to produce lambs. These are lovely wool producers.

Q. Do I have to live within driving distance?
A.
No. The seasonal visits are a bonus, not a necessity.  Our correspondence will make you feel like you’re right here on the farm, and we’ll send your fleece through the mail. 

Q. Can I share my sheep with a friend?
A.
Yes, as long as there is one designated contact person with whom we communicate.

Q. What if...what if my sheep dies?
A.
Should your sheep suffer an unexpected loss of life, we’ll either refund your fee prorated to the nearest month, or offer you a swap should another sheep be available.

Q. How do you organize the seasonal visits?
A.
We set aside a block of time and notify our Adoptive Families  by email.

Q. What if I want my fleece processed, not raw?
A.
The fleece in its raw (straight off the sheep) state is included in the Adoption.  If you want it as roving, quilt batting, yarn, etc, we would be happy to coordinate this.  You would be responsible for the processing charges.

LOOK HOW MANY STATES OUR ADOPTIVE FAMILIES HAVE COME FROM!

Next adoptions
start July 1:

HOW TO REGISTER

Register and pay online for
Adopt-A-Sheep

OR

Print & Mail registration
form to send with check.
Read one of 
the "Letters From The Farm"
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"Our Adopt-A-Sheep™ Year"
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WHAT DO ADOPTIVE FAMILIES DO WITH THEIR FLEECES?
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Yarn

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Roving

Big sheets of felt.

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Yarn

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Handwoven blankets, your choice of color.

We can coordinate the processing, if you wish.

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HERE ARE SOME OF THE SHEEP WHO WERE RECENTLY ADOPTED. DIFFERENT SHEEP BECOME AVAILABLE EACH MONTH.

504Naslamb
529aslamb
316head
Diamond 529
Snowy 316
Cocoa 504N
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534aslamb
Shadow 532N
Opal 534
More sheep become available
each month, as year-long
adoptions turn over...