The Accokeek Foundation would like to officially announce the engagement of farm favorite, Sir Nigel Nicely, the bellwether of the National Colonial Farm’s Hog Island sheep flock. He will wed Lady Aster, also of the National Colonial Farm, in a special ceremony during the Lattes with Lambs festival on Saturday, April 6.
Born on February 25, 2015 to Nuget, Nigel’s small stature (a mere two pounds) required he receive extra care from farm staff. As staff and volunteers took turns bottle feeding this little lamb, he quickly won the hearts of all he met.
Unwilling to let his tough start slow him down, Nigel has become an important advocate for heritage breed conservation. There are fewer than 200 Hog Island sheep in the world and Nigel is dedicated to bringing his breed (and other critically endangered livestock) back from the brink of extinction.
Receiving a knighthood for his work in 2017, the newly Sir Nigel went on to debut a business enterprise at last year’s Lattes with Lambs festival. His company solidified his success in the business world, and he continues to be involved in the heritage breed philanthropic efforts so close to his heart.
When he met Lady Aster at pasture last summer, it was love at first bleat. The couple have been inseparable ever since, and are excited to share their love with all the guests at Lattes with Lambs.
In lieu of wedding presents, the couple has requested that donations be made to support the Accokeek Foundation’s heritage breed conservation work.
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