BRECKNOCK TWP., Pa. — Fall is almost here, and if you need some plans for the season, a family farm in Berks County has a great option for animal-lovers.

Swartz's Roadside Stand in Brecknock Township is taking the phrase "a walk on the wild side" to a new level. It all began when the owners found a creative way to keep the hawks away, with a little help from sheep.

Dennis Swartz Jr. and his wife, Alyssa, got the sheep from another local farmer, Ben Wissinger of Tulpehocken Farms. At the time, he joked they might want to have visitors take the sheep for walks, and that sheep walks are quite popular in Europe.

Dennis and Alyssa got to thinking that it was kind of a neat idea, so last month, they started offering sheep walks. For $15, you can walk a sheep for 30 minutes, and for $5, get others to walk alongside it.

They hope to run the sheep walks until late November. and then start them back up in the spring.

On the walks, they answer questions about the sheep and the other animals and the farm.

They have an upcoming fall fest and some more goat yoga sessions.

For more information or to make a walking appointment, visit the farm's Facebook page. It also offers a rent-a-chick program in the spring.

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