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 so many people in so many ways that it’s impossible to talk about it all. Sanctuaries have been severely affected by this pandemic and that’s what I will talk about here.
We moved from the Hudson Valley back to North Carolina at the end of May. Having lived by the ocean most of my life, we are now in the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville and I love it here. We were well into the pandemic then and coming from New York we were being super cautious and following all of the guidelines set out by the CDC. When it really became obvious that this was no joke, (early March) I canceled several in person Sanctuary Tours and podcast interviews. I was SO disappointed to have to do this but felt it was the safest thing to do.
One of the sanctuaries that I was most looking forward to visiting was Lancaster Farm Sanctuary in Pennsylvania. Seriously y’all I love them and the work they are doing and was so excited to see them, (Jonina and Sarah) meet their animals and see the sanctuary. It was upsetting not to be able to go. Now that I’m back in NC it will be harder to get there, but I’m hopeful that one day I can visit and hopefully we can do a long distance interview for the podcast so you can all hear how awesome they are! In the meantime, please follow them on Instagram! I have fallen in love with their animals and was particularly moved by the story of Luna which you can find as you scroll down their Instagram. This is a painting I did of Luna for a fundraiser at Lancaster Farm Sanctuary.
Once we moved back to North Carolina I got in touch with the Beryl, the founder of Wild Heart Farm Sanctuary, who I had been following for a while. (follow them on Instagram!) I couldn’t wait to go and meet them and the animals! I LOVE the work this sanctuary is doing! In addition to caring for rescued animals they are homeschooling four children, practicing permaculture on the land, and building their forever home by hand – piece by piece. Stay tuned for a podcast interview with Beryl !
Cotton and Peep (best friends) can be found roaming freely around the farm on any given day. (unless it’s freezing, then they will be in their warm stalls) :). They are so cute together! They run around side by side and it’s just such a testament to how animals form bonds just like us humans. I really want everyone to know this about ALL animals! Wild Heart also has donkeys, horses, more goats, bunnies, chickens, dogs, a duck, and I really feel like I’m leaving someone out, but your get the picture!
I went a few weeks ago and did some art with the kiddos! What a fun day…. getting to hang out with them and the animals in such a beautiful place.
There are many ways we can still support sanctuaries even though it is harder to visit some of them in person these days. Follow them on all social media and share their posts! Go to their websites and become a Patreon member or make a one time donation! Send donations when you have a chance! Every little bit helps. Volunteer! Even if you can’t get there in person there are many ways to help sanctuaries virtually. During the winter there are more expenses and the donations are needed more than ever!
I’m happy that December is here and that this year is almost over! We have some awesome things in the works! I will be lining up more podcast episodes and am excited to bring them to you. Stay tuned!! I’m super excited to introduce our newest team member, Calen! Read about them and our board members!
I hope that this post finds everyone well and healthy and happy!! Hang in there y’all! We can get through anything! Please stay in touch. If you know someone who would love to be on the podcast, send them our way. I will leave you with my favorite mantra which I chant 108 times per day.
LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU
“may all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words and actions in my own life contribute to that happiness and freedom for all.”
SAFE HAVEN FARM SANCTUARY
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 animals. Bill is the author of “The Emotional Lives of Animals and Children: Insights from a Farm Sanctuary,” as well as other articles and papers. Their sanctuary is verified by the Global Federation of Animal Services (GFAS) as providing exceptional quality care for farm animals in need. They rescue abused and neglected farmed animals, give them a safe and loving home to live the rest of their lives, and are dedicated to compassion toward all animals.
I recently visited the sanctuary with my daughter, her friend, and my husband. We were greeted by the sound of roosters crowing in the distance and by Joy, the manager of the sanctuary who is always there to greet you with a smile.
We enjoyed hanging out with the animals, brushing some of our goat friends, and feeding yummy apples, watermelon and some lettuce from our garden to the pigs, goats, turkeys, and chickens. It turns out, they all love watermelon! There’s so much to tell you about this sanctuary and the work they are doing! Stay tuned for the podcast interview with Ellen and Bill coming soon!!