Meet the Animals*
Hi! I'm Lady Llama, long time matriarch of the barnyard at Shelburne Farm. I lived at the farm for fifteen years, and my authority was never challenged. On a given day, you would have found me overseeing the activities of all the goats and sheep, plus I protected them at night from coyotes and other predators. I've moved on to the greenest and grandest of pastures, and have transferred herd guard duty responsibilities herd to Sparkles the Donkey! Read about her at the bottom of this page,
Hey there, I'm Dave, one of the first goats ever to take up residence at Shelburne Farm. That's right, I moved into the barnyard all the way back in 2008. I was such a hit with the kids (and the farmers, too) that my owners decided to keep building up our little menagerie to include more goats, sheep, and even a llama! Eventually the alpacas and donkeys moved in across the pasture, and the rest is history. As for me, I wouldn't have it any other way. I get to fill my days with sun, snacks, and socializing, plus the fall harvest season brings plenty of new visitors for me to entertain with my endless supply of energy and antics.
Welcome to Shelburne Farm! I'm Coconut, named for my luxurious chocolate-and-cream coat. I came to Shelburne eight years ago, after my final litter was born at another farm. I may be an older goat, but I assure you that my friendly energy is infectious. I always have a kick in my step and a twinkle in my eye, especially around mealtimes! Make sure to stop by when you visit this fall - I'll definitely be there to say hello.
Hey there, I'm Dopey, one of the newest additions to the goat family. I lived at Clover Leaf Farm with my brother Jelly Bean until a few years ago, where I was a beloved family pet. My appetite around here is legendary; I'll munch on anything from goat pellets to fresh straw to the laces on your boots. I fancy myself quite the alpha male, and like to keep myself in tip-top shape by roughhousing with the other goats or sharpening my horns against the fence. In reality, though, I suppose I'm something of a gentle giant and spend more time than I care to admit sun-bathing atop my favorite apple bin.
Hi, I'm Jelly Bean! I live here at the farm with my brother Dopey and all the other animals. One of the most outgoing goats I know, I'm never shy and welcome the chance to greet visitors. I especially like when they admire my soft, mottled coat and long, powerful horns. Don't miss the chance to say hello after your picking adventures. Despite Dopey's repeated insistence that he's the tough guy in the family, I think you'll find my physical excellence far superior. I spend most of my days climbing the goat structure, keeping the other animals in check, and sharpening my horns. But who am I I kidding, I think we all know that Lady's the real boss around here!
Hey, it's me, Maya! As you can see from the photo, I'm super sweet and love hanging out with my friends here at the farm. I'm a Nigerian Dwarf goat, so I'm pretty petite and definitely not as strong (or hungry) as some of the others. That doesn't stop me from joining in on all the fun of the harvest season, though! I tend to be on the shy side, but I'll gladly come out to say hello if it's not too loud or crowded. Some of my favorite things to do at the farm include snuggling in the hay with Lady, playing with Coconut or nibbling on fresh grass in the pasture.
My name is Sweet Pea and I'm the baby of the bunch! Even though I'm four years old now, and much too big for the kind of cuddling I used to love, I'm still as sugar-sweet as the day I was born. My story is a unique one, mostly because I was rescued before coming to the farm by one of our neighbors, who tells me I only weighed five pounds at the time! With her love and care, as well as a few spoonfuls of my favorite treat - vanilla ice cream - I soon grew into a healthy baby goat and moved into the animal pen at Shelburne Farm when I got too big for the living room. For now, I spend my days galloping around with Coconut or Maya, and trying to use my cuteness to get extra snacks - pretty solid success rate so far, if I do say so myself. I can't wait to see you this fall!
Hello! We're Bo and Mo, the only resident sheep of the barnyard at Shelburne Farm. Up until a couple of years ago, we spent our days frolicking in the pastures of Pilot Grove Farm and tending to our lambs. Once we reached a certain age, however, our owner Skip decided we needed a change of pace. And what better place to retire than Shelburne Farm? Now our favorite pastimes include sunning ourselves by the barn, lolling in the field, and of course, greeting the little pickers who venture our way during the harvest season. When you see us in the fall, we'll have thick, woolen coats perfect for keeping us warm in the approaching winter months. Each June, however, we're shorn down to a soft and sweet fuzz that prevents us from overheating in the summertime. But no matter the season - or the haircut - we're super excited to see you this year!
Hi, I'm Sassy, one of the alpacas at the farm. I came to Shelburne in 2014, along with my sister Maple Sugar. We love prancing around the pasture, lying in the shade on a hot summer's day, or visiting with the other animals. I'm known around here for my spunky, spritely personality, a trait that earned me the name I've been sporting for nearly three years now. A certain pet peeve of mine is that people often mistake us for llamas (or tall goats) but I promise you that nothing could be further from the truth! Not only are we much smaller than llamas, we also have shorter, spear-shaped ears, silkier coats and a much higher intelligence. Listen closely when you visit, too - we like communicating with each other by making soft "humming" noises. I've been told it's truly adorable.
Hey, my name is Maple Sugar and I'm a fun-loving alpaca, devoted sister to Sassy, and the one of the newer members of the herd at Shelburne Farm. I'm very friendly, so don't hesitate to say hello when you stop by. I may even take a selfie with you! If I'm in the mood, that is... otherwise I'll just let you admire my shiny, copper-red coat. I've lived here at the farm for nearly three years now and I'm so excited to share my home with you this fall. I know you'll enjoy all the fun, fruit, and festivities as much as I do!
Hello there! I'm Moxy and you can find me at the bunny hutch munching on some hay, hopping around with my buddy Cicero, or just lounging in the sun. Even though I was a domestic pet for most of my life, I quickly adapted to life on the farm. I just can't get enough of the fresh air, early morning dew, and the day-to-day excitement of the orchard. I may look sweet and cuddly, and although I certainly am most of the time, I definitely have a feisty side - I guess that's where my name comes from. This year will be my first harvest season at the farm and I can't wait to see all the little pickers and their families. I hope you'll pay me a visit before heading into the Apple Shop for a cold drink or a few of our famous cider donuts!
Hi everyone! I'm Cicero, the newest addition to the herd at Shelburne Farm. I arrived at the farm in late August of 2017, and so far, I love living at the orchard. I promise I'm as keen and erudite as my name might suggest, but I definitely have a playful side, too. A few of my favorite activities include chatting with my hutch-mate Moxie, snacking on baby carrots, or hunkering down in my bed with a warm bed of straw. This will also be my first fall greeting visitors to the farm, and I'm so excited to meet each and every one of you! I'm just a baby myself - I haven't even celebrated my first birthday yet - so I'm always in the mood for some fun. I hope you'll come see me when you visit!
Hey, there. I'm Sully, and if you're a seasoned visitor to the farm, you may have noticed that I've been here for a while. In fact, I'm almost ten years old! That's quite an age for a bunny to attain, especially a little lop-eared like me. I've seen a lot in my day, but I know that there's always more to come with life on the farm. Each year, I look forward to the springtime, when my favorite purple clovers come into bloom! I spend most of April munching on those tender, juicy blossoms. Of course, I also love the harvest season, the tantalizing aroma of cinnamon and sugar hanging in the air, and getting to see all the little pickers come visit the bunny hutch.
Hi, I'm Shadow! Welcome to Shelburne Farm, where I've lived now for about four years with my sister, Sparkles. Before coming to Stow, I lived on a big farm in Iowa with an enormous herd of other mini donkeys. Since I'm shy and sweet by nature, I much prefer the quiet serenity of the pasture I share here with Sparkles. There's plenty of room to run around, and what's more, plenty of grass for grazing. Even though I was intimidated at first by the apple pickers that visit the farm in the autumn months, I'm slowly coming out of my shell. Someday, I hope to be able to greet the apple pickers without sticking to my sister like a ... well, my namesake! Be sure to check out the Zestar! apples this season - they're some of my favorite treats. I know you'll love them, too!
Hi, there. I'm Sparkles the miniature donkey, one of two resident equines at Shelburne Farm. I'm named for the delicate white flecks that have dotted my coat since I was little. The name definitely does not, however, correspond with my spunky personality. That's right, I have a feisty side, and bit of a temper as well! That's not to say I don't have a big heart in there somewhere, too. I'm very affectionate with my sister, Shadow, and I can be friendly with the farm visitors... if I'm in the mood, that is. Anyhow, make sure to stop by when you visit the farm this season!