Meet the Animals

The Farm Animals at Garrett Williamson are here for educational purposes. Youth and their family members help care for and ensure the safety and well-being of the animals. Their hard work allows us the opportunity to make these animals available to the public for educational experiences. Scroll down to learn more about our year-round residents and how they engage learners of every age!

While the Farm Animals are here for us to learn, the GW Farm is regularly closed to the public. We do offer recurring, public events throughout the year. Visit the Ways to Engage page to learn about how you can visit, learn about, and support our programs.

Alpacas

There are two types of Alpacas – Huacaya and Suri; here at Garrett Williamson, we have both!

  • Ruby is a Suri Alpaca. She is brown with straight, white tufts of hair on her head.
  • Gerty is a Huacaya Alpaca. She is also brown but has curly hair and long teeth.
  • Roxy is also a Huacaya Alpaca. She is black has curly hair, like Gerty, on her head.

The Alpacas are very shy, but they enjoy teaching students how to be patient and calm around others, including the other Farm Animals. They also teach us about fiber for clothing and their manure is used as compost in our Educational Garden!

Horses

Garrett Williamson has two horses – Flash and Willow. While Flash is retired from riding, our horses regularly support our weekly Farm Lessons in other ways.

Flash is the white, Arabian Gelding (male horse) and is 35 years old! Arabian horses originated from the Arabian Peninsula and are known for their endurance; Flash used to be a Show Jumper! But now he enjoys teaching students how to feel safe and comfortable around him, Willow, and the other Farm Animals.

Willow is the Chestnut Mare (female horse) and is considered a Quarter-Pony at 14.2 hands tall. (Horses are generally taller than 14.2 hands.) You may see Willow with a green or black muzzle during the summer & fall months. This muzzle still allows her to graze but slows down how much grass she eats. Willow can get sick from eating too much. But when not grazing, Willow enjoys teaching student why it’s important we not feed Farm Animals snacks.

Sheep

The sheep at Garrett Williamson teach us many things, ranging from breeding to flock management. They also help with our Farm Lessons, introducing students to the Barn rules and how to safely meet a Farm Animal.

We currently have eight ewes (adult female) and four lambs (baby sheep). Depending on the time of year, we may also have a ram (adult male) in with the ewes. Every year from January to March, these ewes will give birth. Chore members help care for and support the ewes during lambing season (the time frame when the babies are all born)! So for some lucky students, they may have the chance to meet a lamb shortly after it has been born!