What could be better than hanging out at a farm sanctuary with rescued animals? Not much! Situated in the hills of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary, founded by Dr. William (Bill) Crain, and Dr. Ellen Crain is home to over 100 rescued farm …
From heartbreak and cancer to healing and hope, Leslie Naylor’s life was changed because of one cow. Join us this week, in a cow pasture, as we sit down with the founder of 4 Them Sanctuary in Tennessee. She tells us about her small starts …
New Mexico Farm Sanctuary is one of the most warm, welcoming, and inviting sanctuaries that I’ve visited over the years. Gabriel and Julie Cerros have truly created a space strangers turn into friends and friends soon feel like family.
My partner and I had the privilege of visiting Veganville and having a conversation with the incredible founder, Cecilia Mialon, back in February of 2021. Although the pandemic was raging on, we took a masked and socially-distanced tour of her place before sitting down to learn more.
Not only is Veganville a place of love, compassion, and acceptance for non-human animals, this small farm is a sanctuary for the wildlife and the natural world as well. As a Certified Wildlife Habitat, Veganville decision-makers consider what consequences their actions will have on the land with each decision that they make. Vegaville has a heavy focus on permaculture, sustainable living, and animal care. They also involve the community in their work and invite them to dive deeper though their WWOOFing program.
The Veganville website says the following about the founder, Cecilia: “She has worked closely with Dolphin Project and Free The Mojave Dolphins to help educate the public on the plight of dolphins in Japan and the suffering of dolphins in captivity around the world and the importance of conserving our oceans. She believes everything that is impacting our environment negatively today is linked to the modern-day agribusiness and the public simply isn’t aware. She believes Veganville encourages that awareness so that the public is able to make that connection for themselves.”
Sanctuary tour is making some big changes! Listen in to find out what is happening.
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 literally in the middle of nowhere. (in a good way) 🙂
I DO miss working and volunteering at sanctuaries. Things have changed so much due to Covid-19 and it’s not nearly as easy to volunteer and to be around a lot of people. I’m excited that one of the sanctuaries I love and have been following is just beginning to have volunteers back! Soon I will be able to volunteer with Wild Heart Farm and Sanctuary in Marshall, NC. Not only are they a sanctuary for animals, but they are also growing lots of food and are working on permaculture. I’m looking forward to being with animals again! You can follow them on Instagram to see all the awesome work they are doing.
I’m so happy to be back in my home state of North Carolina but left some dear friends in New York. The hardest part was not being able to say goodbye to them in person. Covid was in full force when we left and we practiced safety and caution in every way. I will miss the friends I left behind. My favorite goat and one who I referred to often as my best friend passed away. I didn’t get to say goodbye to her and that made me really sad. I spent hours just sitting with Violet. Sometimes I would bring my harmonium into her stall and play music for her. She was a joy to be around and any time spent with her was precious.
Violet was 19 years old which is unheard of for a goat! She was surrounded by her beloved humans when she passed away peacefully. The kindness and compassion that Violet’s humans always showed her was profound. This is one of the many reasons I love sanctuaries so much! I will miss Violet but am so thankful she had a good long life in such a beautiful place.
Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary, the animals residents, and all of the awesome people who work and volunteer there will always have a special space in my heart.
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 …
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.”
Kathy shares her story of how the sanctuary came to be, and her earlier years growing up and living amongst many farm animals. A teacher at heart, Kathy combined her love of teaching and her love for animals to build an educational sanctuary for rescued farmed animals almost 20 years ago. Catskill Animal Sanctuary sits on about 150 acres of beautiful land in Saugerties, New York surrounded by the Catskills. Kathy is one of the pioneers in the animal rescue and sanctuary world, and is as passionate as they come! Her love for animals and the work she does is contagious – bringing her message of kindness and compassion for all beings to everyone she meets.
Michael the turkey greets me as I arrive and is constantly distracting us as he walks by, runs up to caregivers for treats, and entertains us with his amazing personality.
We discuss the work she does at the sanctuary and beyond to educate and bring awareness to visitors about the many issues of factory farming through tours and their humane education program, the New Leaf Vegan Mentor Program, summer camps, public speaking events, and more.
Kathy takes listeners on a virtual tour to meet one of the beloved rooster residents, “Al”- by telling his story and the story of the millions and millions of birds just like him who are not liberated, but are exploited in animal agriculture to be raised for food. Kathy talks about a condition called “bumble foot” that many birds raised in animal agriculture have, as well as many other health issues that come along with being raised to get really big really fast in the meat industry. She compares the size of Al and all of the problems he has to the size of a severely obese person and the problems they would have. This is typical for many of the rescued farmed animals to have serious health issues which are imposed on them in the factory farming and animal agriculture industries.
Kathy references the book, Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry by Leah Garces that describes in detail the horrifying conditions of a chicken house and the work that Mercy for Animals is doing to change this.
Kathy and I discuss her book Where the Blind Horse Sings, and her beloved animal friends whose stories she tells throughout the book. We discuss The China Study, by Dr. Colin Campbell which I am currently reading and the profound discoveries through years of research and a large team of doctors and scientists that prove animal protein and secretions are cancer causing, and we both agree that we have a lot of UN learning to do after years of being lied to by the industries (dairy industry and animal agriculture industry) that raise animals for food who tell us we NEED the protein from animal flesh and secretions. Although much research now proves and tells us otherwise, this proves to be an obstacle for some people who have these myths ingrained in them. Physicians for Responsible Medicine by Dr. Neal Barnard is also a good source for information to learn more about the link between animal based food and serious health issues.
Was 2019 the “year of the vegan” as Forbes and The Economist predicted? “That depends on how you define veganism” Kathy says. Kathy goes in depth about her thoughts on veganism and what we all need to do. There is a sense of urgency and we are at a tipping point. She says they meet people where they are with love and urgency.
We discuss all of this and more in this episode.
Visit their website to learn more about the sanctuary, to shop, support, visit, and more!
Order the cookbook Compassionate Cuisine for some fabulous recipes!! *HINT- the banana bread is the BEST EVER. oh, and the Shepard’s Pie!! YUM.
Episode 22 – Jonathan Brant – Discussing the Surging Plant-based Market and Growing Competition with the Animal Agriculture Industry
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 …