Our Animal Ambassadors provoke meaningful experiences that inspire people to bring greater awareness and compassion to the ways they source, prepare, and eat food.
Sweet Farm is home to over 100 rescue animals. Each animal has a unique and special story – here are some of them. We invite you to get to know our Animal Ambassadors in person at Member Days. You can also support by sponsoring an animal to help cover the costs of food, bedding, medical care, and treats.
Every sponsorship comes with the following:
Recognition in our yearly Sweet Farm roundup
The warm and fuzzy feeling that you're making the world a better place for farmed animals!
Hilo was born in a backyard breeding situation on a nearby farm. As a male sheep, he wasn’t useful so Sweet Farm took him at 4 months old, after negotiating an agreement to have all the male sheep on the farm fixed. Hilo was named by one of our dedicated teammates and is a hair sheep. Hair sheep are normally raised for their meat, and their coats are made of hair instead of wool. Unlike other sheep, their hair naturally falls out instead of having to be sheared. You can usually find Hilo lounging around the pasture with his sheep and goat buddies.
Paco came to us from a local farm where he had been raised with multiple horses. Over time the horses passed away from old age, leaving Paco depressed and alone for the first time in his life. Recent floods caused damage to his shelter and he was attacked by a pack of dogs. It was clear this llama needed a safe space with love and lots of friends. His owner reached out to Sweet Farm and we welcomed him to his new home. Paco quickly bonded with our steer, Gizmo and Sturgis, our 33-year-old stallion. This curious and precocious llama can be found chasing friends around the pastures and forever wondering when his next carrot is coming.
Brownie & Butterscotch
were both rescued from a goat dairy as young babies. Male goats are often slaughtered before one year old, as they are not useful in milk production. A kind family took them in and to raise in their backyard. But when mountain lions moved into the neighborhood, Brownie and Butterscotch were attacked. Sweet Farm took both of these boys in and they are the friendliest, most social goats you'll ever meet. We rescued them as a pair and you'll always see them right by each other's side!
Meet Kevin! He was born at a petting zoo. Each year petting zoos bring in a mother pig to give birth to her babies. At the end of the season, the mother and babies are returned to the farmer to be slaughtered for meat. Because of an early injury, Kevin ended up in foster care and avoided this fate. His foster mom contacted Sweet Farm and now Kevin spends his days playing in our pastures and teaching everyone how smart and lovable pigs can be. He's the first to come greet you and we think his floppy ears are just the cutest.
Gizmo, a registered Miniature Hereford Steer, was raised by a local girl in 4-H as an animal project. 4-H provided initial funds but in an agreement that the money would be repaid upon his sale at an auction. His playful and sweet personality grew on the family and when it came time to be sold for slaughter they changed their minds. They reached out to us to help and we rallied our community to raise the thousands of dollars needed to save his life and bring him home.
Gizmo has since become one of the most popular Animal Ambassadors here on Sweet Farm where he will live out his life. He loves to spend his days romping around in our large pastures and racing around with his two best friends, Sturgis, our resident stallion, and Paco, our carrot-loving llama.