The evolution of a dream into a reality (almost).

In 2005, my husband, Will and I,  moved to North Carolina from Athens, Ga, where we had lived for eighteen years. Will had been a pharmacy professor at UGA and most of his research had focused on HIV and nutrition, while I unschooled our four amazing kids and also painted and wrote and at times…

Growing with WWOOFers, Workers and Goats: Part Three

We were nervous about how the different species of animals would get along and if everyone would be safe until the donkeys got big enough to actually protect themselves, let alone the alpacas, from marauding dogs or coyotes. Sure enough, it wasn’t long before a pack of three large white dogs began circling the perimeter…

After the donkeys came the alpacas! Part Two.

Once the donkeys had settled in for  twenty-four hours, we let them roam in the much larger pasture that Scott had enclosed adjacent to the smaller one that the Wonkey Donkey Shed opened into. They were very eager to explore and play. It was such a delight to watch them run, kicking up their heels…

Dharma Farm Animal Refuge: Part One

Dharma Farm Animal Refuge is a currently a privately run sanctuary for nine assorted farm animals who needed homes. This is a little background about how we got started. My husband, Will, and I bought this 10 acre property almost four years ago and decided that we would have some farm animals live here with…