The Transylvania Times -

High Tea Offers Insight To Shadowbrook Farm - Pisgah Forest, NC


September 18, 2017

A tea was held on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Shadowbrook Farm located at 895 Wilson Road in Pisgah Forest. Participants were treated to a tour of the farm with Mary Ann Duvall and husband Bill Kilpatrick.

Noticeable were the number and diversity of animals on the farm and their peaceful acceptance of visitors. The farm is a special place that has championed the rescue of horses, donkeys, chickens, geese, sheep, goats and rabbits, Horses nudged the visitors, donkeys sidled up for hugs and brushings.

“It was amazing how all of the animals just seemed to co-exist and be happy to share space with each other,” said Angela Gardella, organizer of the benefit tea.

Volunteers are always needed to help care and feed the animals, provide the human touch and food scraps, and horse and chicken feed from Tractor Supply are also welcomed. Mary Ann, a life-long resident of Transylvania County described her relationship and history of the farm’s existence.

“Animals have always been part of my life in some form or fashion. When Bill and I got married, I had two horses and a plan to raise miniature donkeys; however, I didn’t start rescuing animals until one night at a local horse auction more than 20 years ago,” she said. A LaMancha goat was being auctioned off, and the crowd was laughing at him because of the characteristic little ears of the breed. I felt bad for the goat so we bought him and named him Casper the Friendly Goat. When I realized what great pets goats can be, I went to a livestock auction and rescued another LaMancha goat we named Yoda.

“As the farm grew, so did the need for people to find homes for their animals. Easter chicks, ducklings, and rabbits that weren’t cute babies anymore found a home at Shadowbrook Farm. I helped people find new homes for their horses, miniature horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, peacocks, ducks, geese, turkeys, dogs and cats.

“Sometimes the animals stay at the farm, but when possible I try to help the owner find another home for their animal. Some-times this is about space and financial limitations on my part, and other times it’s because of the safety for all the animals involved. For example, we aren’t set up to have dogs here because donkeys have an innate hatred of dogs. It would not be safe for the donkeys or dogs if we kept dogs at the farm.

“Animals bring people together, and through the process of rescuing animals, I’ve met many wonderful folks that want to help. Everyone helps in their own way, whether it’s by taking in an animal, donating a bag of food or bringing food scraps for the chickens”

Contact Mary Ann at [email protected] or Shadowbrook Farm at (828) 553-1487 if you are interested in learning to provide the human touch for the farm animals.


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