Episode 5 – JP Farm Animal Sanctuary
For this episode I visit Oscar and Lynn, the founders of JP Farm Sanctuary, to talk with them, and Oscar’s sister Britt about life on the farm and the wonderful work they are doing. We are in the living room of the gorgeous house they designed and built in Litchfield, Connecticut overlooking the pasture where the cows graze. Just down the hill I can see the progress of the new barn being built for two new residents coming soon. The entire property is surrounded by tall trees and a bright blue sky.
Oscar begins by telling the story from the beginning of how the sanctuary got started and how it has progressed. Lynne and Britt talk about the amazing bond the cows have with Oscar, and his nickname “the cow whisperer.” They share the story of Tallulah and working with Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY to bring her here to their sanctuary.
Lynn talks about the new residents, two pigs “Beanie Tofu and Dolphin” also known as “the pink girls” coming to the sanctuary soon, and the story of how they were rescued from becoming meat.
Oscars sister Britt shares different ways to stay in touch with the sanctuary and the work they are doing, and talks about her work at the sanctuary after moving from the Netherlands back to the states to be with her family and living the dream~
They all talk about what a privilege it is and how centering it is to spend time with and connect with the animals.
Their first volunteer day was Sunday, August 18th and there will be more to come.
We discuss food, family, and fun and ways that anyone listening can support the beautiful work they are doing here at the sanctuary. They all love to cook and Britt took a plant based class and loves to convert recipes by using plant based substitutes and alternatives. Anyone listening can email her to inquire about recipes and plant based food, or follow her Instagram (britt_kitchenoflove) Britt Janssen Kitchen of Love .
Britt talks about pain management for a few of the cows who have hip dysplasia (a bilateral malformation of the hip joint, often associated with secondary osteoarthritis) and how cold laser and other modalities are helping them cope with the pain.
Oscar shares the rescue story of their dogs who were rescued from Little Pink Shelter in Westport, Arkansas and the process of rescuing animals from them. https://www.pinkshelter.com
Lynn talks about the way they start their day by talking to the animals and enjoying the stillness in the cow barn. Oscar says “it’s just such a privilege to be in the presence of these beautiful creatures.” Lynn hopes they can share the feeling with others so that they have the opportunity to look at the animals in the eye and see the joy. They have opportunities to volunteer and in the future may have tours for visitors to meet the animals and learn more about the work they are doing.
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To learn more or to support the sanctuary please visit jpfarmsanctuary.org
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