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.


Most of our members have small flocks and are hobby farmers. Many sell breeding stock, wool products, and handmade craft items. Membership dues for the calendar year ending 12/31/24 are:

$5/year Associate Membership (ages 10-18)
$15/year Individual Membership
$20/year Family Membership.

A lifetime membership category will be added as well as a Vendor Affiliate Membership.  More details will be announced later in 2024.

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.  The dates and locations will be listed on our Facebook page, Twitter feed, posted to the Member Group email (groups.io) sites and as posts on this site (look under “Recent Posts” in the right hand column).

Board of Directors

President – 2 Year Term Kevin Melvin (CY 2023 – 2024)
Vice President – 2 Year Term Bob May (CY 2023 – 2024)
Secretary – 2 Year Term Janet Laidlaw (CY 2023 – 2024)
Treasurer – 2 Year Term Anita Duscher (CY 2023 – 2024)
Trustee – 2 Year Term Carter Laidlaw (CY 2024 – 2025)
Trustee – 2 Year Term Brittany Smith (CY 2024 – 2025)
Trustee – 3 Year Term Kelly Timmins (CY 2023 – 2025)
Trustee – 3 Year Term Royal Unzicker (CY 2023 – 2025)
Trustee – 3 Year Term Reni Melvin (CY 2024 – 2026)


2024 Election Results

2023 Election Results

2020 Election Results

2019 Election Results (Re-Vote)

Contact Information

GardenStateSheepBreeders@gmail.com  smallmail

Catch up with us on Facebook , on Instagram to keep up to date on meetings, as well as share and learn from others.


Updated April 22, 2024