Starlight Llama is located on part of a 700 acre dairy farm that has been in John's family for six generations. To protect this land from development, we have placed 120 acres into a Conservation Restriction, ensuring that not only our animals, but wild animals will always have a place to call home.
We have five llamas, a donkey, emus, peacocks, chickens, and for pest management, we often have guinea hens. Over the years, many of our animals have been rescues, coming from circumstances where they were either not well cared for, from overcrowded or situations where they were not happy, or in the case of our newest llamas, just needed a home. We have been fortunate to have had the chance to live with dairy goats (Pygmy, Uberhasli, and Alpines) as well as many varieties of chickens, geese, and other types of fowl. Pedro, our miniature Mediterranean donkey, was one of those rescues, and because he is so friendly, and loves attention, is a favorite of our guests. We never know when an animal will or bird will need a home, so guests are never sure if there will be new creatures to meet.
This is a working llama and hay farm.
Depending upon the time of the year, you may witness -or help- bring in the hay, shear a llama, weed the garden, or help pick raspberries for breakfast.
We are often asked, and can only say that we just love their demeanor, that they are easy keepers, they are quiet and make us happy. They are fun to take for walks, and we shear them both to make them more comfortable in the summer, and to make something special from their wool.
What else do we grow?
In addition to haying, and the gardens and small orchard, we actively manage our woods. While seeing some trees leave is hard on Dee (she has fought to keep her favorites), we know that this growth is good for the forest and helps produce new growth. To make the most of the loss of some trees, Dee is working to build a forest garden, and will start intentionally planting new trees and other plants in the woods this spring and summer.
What else is new on the farm?
This summer we expect to get our hoop house up, and to complete the rabbit proofing the main garden. The rabbits have discovered that the 'good stuff' is found inside the fence, and by tunneling under and up into the raised beds! Every once in awhile Dee will find one of their tunnels where they not only dug under the fence to get in, they have filled them with small tomatoes as their own version of 'take out'. Last year, after the rabbits ate every single one of the ground cherries (inside of fences!) and destroyed every single bean plant (inside double fences!), she had enough, and this year everything that can be protected will be.