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Stories and ponderings

Stories and ponderings

Hello! I’ve missed you. Hello! It’s been a while. So much has happened this year and what a crazy year it has been! I cannot write a post without mentioning the pandemic. (I heard it’s the most searched word of the year?) Covid has affected 

Navigating

Navigating

In mid-May we ventured to the Blue Ridge Mountains to our new home just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. We are settling in and loving our new property and all the nature here. I don’t miss cars driving by my house every day….. We are 

Episode 25 – Joy Gomez – Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary  – Caregivers Corner

Episode 25 – Joy Gomez – Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary – Caregivers Corner

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Joy and Milly enjoying a nice walk in the goat pasture
Joy with Jules when she first arrived at Safe Haven

In this new series, “Caregivers Corner,” I sit down with caregivers from different sanctuaries to talk about their work as caregivers. Joy Gomez is the farm manager and a caregiver at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary in Poughquag, New York. Joy and I discuss their recent move to a new location, their newest rescues, and her role as a caregiver.

Getting to know Jules

Joy talks about her work at the sanctuary, and shares her passion for working with rescued farmed animals. She talks about some of the issues that come with animals rescued from factory farming and animal agriculture and how that dictates the level of veterinary care and daily care they receive.

Joy with the newest baby piglets
courtesy of @pitchforkwarrior

Joy talks about upcoming events, tours, volunteering, and how to stay in touch with what is happening at the sanctuary!

Please visit their website to learn more and to support:

https://safehavenfarmsanctuary.org

Follow on Instagram!!

https://www.instagram.com/safehavenfarmsanctuary/

Episode 24 – Maya Gottfried – Author of Vegan Love

Episode 24 – Maya Gottfried – Author of Vegan Love

Maya Gottfried, Author of several books including “Vegan Love – Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty – Free Gal, With Fashion, Makeup & Wedding Tips” and I sit down in her home in the Hudson Valley to discuss this book, Our Farm, and much more. 

Episode 23 – Kathy Stevens –     Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Episode 23 – Kathy Stevens – Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Kathy Stevens, Founder of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, author of Where the Blind Horse Sings, and Animal Camp, public speaker, educator and much more, sits down with me at the sanctuary amidst the goats, chickens, sheep, turkeys, and other animal friends whom she calls the “under-foots.” 

Episode 22 – Jonathan Brant – Discussing the Surging Plant-based Market and Growing Competition with the Animal Agriculture Industry

Episode 22 – Jonathan Brant – Discussing the Surging Plant-based Market and Growing Competition with the Animal Agriculture Industry

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Jonathan Brant is an animal rights activist, a writer, an artist, a musician and singer, a student at Eastern Michigan University, and author of

An Open Letter to a Curious Omnivore.”

In this episode, Jonathan and I are back together again discussing important issues surrounding animal agriculture, the surge in plant based foods, and a recent article about a Nebraska senator wanting to change the way plant based food labels and speaks about the their products. “Senator slams ‘fake food fad,’ introduces bill to crack down on fake meat labeling” was an article on aol.com in December of 2019 about a senator who is also a cattle rancher who introduced a bill to change labeling on plant based products. Jonathan and I discuss and unpack the many things that are wrong with this and talk about the growing demand of plant based products and how this has the animal agriculture industry running scared.

We discuss this and much more in this episode.

Episode 21 – Cultivating Peace Through Ahimsa and Meditation with Kim Beller

Episode 21 – Cultivating Peace Through Ahimsa and Meditation with Kim Beller

*Audio typo correction!! – In this episode I say 100 billion animals have died in Australia wildfires. I meant 1 billion. Sorry for the audio typo! Happy New Year! This episode is different from others in that there is no guest. In this raw and 

Episode 20 – Party Animals Catering – Mike Barootjian

Episode 20 – Party Animals Catering – Mike Barootjian

Mike Barootijian is the owner and head chef of Party Animals Catering – A vegan catering service and meal plan service in the Hudson Valley in New York. It was a pleasure to sit down with Mike and discuss his work, his vegan story, and 

Episode 19 – Sarah Beth – Animal Rights Activist

Episode 19 – Sarah Beth – Animal Rights Activist

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Sarah Beth is an animal rights activist and avid volunteer living in upstate New York. After learning about the many deaths of horses associated with horse racing, Sarah began protesting with Horseracing Wrongs, an organization founded by Patrick Battuello, that exposes the many wrongs in the horse racing industry. After meeting Nicole Arciello, Vice President and Patrick Battuello, Sarah began to participate in more protests and to help out at events with Horseracing Wrongs.

Sarah talks about her work as an animal rights activist, the first protest she attended, and the people she met who supported her on her journey to veganism. Sarah shares her personal testimonial – her story about becoming vegan, and how her experiences with volunteering and visiting sanctuaries made a huge impact on her that she hopes to share with others.

We discuss the importance of understanding not just animal rights, but also human rights and the impact animal agriculture industry has on humans working in dangerous and horrific conditions.

To take a tour and volunteer with Sarah at a sanctuary in New York, Connect with Sarah on Facebook!

To learn more about Horseracing Wrongs please visit their website or their Facebook page, or email: Patrick Battuello, Founder, President, Director (patrickjbattuello@gmail.com)

Episode 18 – Helena Lundblad – Magical Creatures of Hamakua

Episode 18 – Helena Lundblad – Magical Creatures of Hamakua

Helena Lundblad and I discuss the details of how Magical Creatures of Hamakua began and how she became a large sanctuary overnight. She tells the story of her best friend Janice the goat and how she nursed her back to health after Janice burned all