About Us

The Garden State Sheep Breeders is a non-profit, educational organization promoting sheep and wool products in New Jersey. We regularly hold educational and business meetings, sponsor awards at events where sheep and wool products are featured, and host an annual sheep and fiber festival.

In 2018 we announced the introduction of the Garden State Sheep Breeders Youth Ambassador ProgramDetails and application for the 2019 Ambassador are available on the Youth Ambassador Program page.


Most of our members have small flocks and are hobby farmers. Many sell breeding stock, wool products, and handmade craft items. Membership dues are:

$5/year Assoc. Member (ages 10-18)
$15/year Single Member
$20/year Family Membership.

Please see the membership page  for more information including the benefits of membership.


Our meetings feature speakers talking on a variety of sheep related subjects. Recent topics have been on lambing, pasture management, color sheep genetics and making cheese from sheep’s milk.

Meetings are open to the public. In 2016 they will be hosted by members. The dates and locations will be listed on our Yahoo and Facebook sites and as posts on this site (look under “Recent Posts” in the right hand column).

Board of Directors

President Kevin Melvin (2019-2020)
Vice President Bob May (2019-2020)
Secretary Judi Lehrhaupt (2019-2020)
Treasurer Anita Duscher (2019-2020)
Trustee Carter Laidlaw (2019-2021)
Trustee Brittany Smith (2019-2021)
Trustee Anne Choi (2018 – 2020)
Trustee Thomas Chenal (2020 -2022)
Trustee Royal Unziger (2020 -2022)

Contact Information

GardenStateSheepBreeders at gmail dot com  smallmail

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Updated 29-Feb-2020