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.” …
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 much more.
We talked about his recent trip with me to tour Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary and how connecting with the animals fuels his fire and validates why he does the work he is doing. We discussed the work Mike does at various events, including Hudson Valley Veg Fest, and other veg fests, his meal plan service and how to connect with Mike to order his food or book Party Animals for your next event.
We are excited to announce that Mike will be the chef cooking at the first Vegan Cooking Class and Tasting with Party Animals Catering at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary in their new location just down the mountain from the previous location in Poughquag, New York on Saturday, January 18, 2020. This is a free event open to the first fifteen people who sign up. Mike will demo how to make his FAMOUS Mac n cheese, vegan meat loaf, delicious roasted Brussel sprouts and share this deliciousness with all participants!! In addition to the cooking class and demo, everyone will enjoy a guided tour and meet some of the rescued animals who call this beautiful sanctuary home.
To connect with Mike, please visit Party Animals Website or find him on Instagram or Facebook. If you are in or near the Hudson Valley, Mike will help you with your next event or party, or provide delicious gluten free – vegan food for you to pick up at designated locations.
Please visit Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary to learn more about the incredible work they are doing with rescued animals and to support this crucial work.
If you are interested in the vegan cooking class or future vegan cooking classes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 …
Cows Come Home Sanctuary located in Talbott, Tennessee is such a magical place filled with lots of love and a very inspiring story. Randie and I sit down on her front porch overlooking the cow pasture, and have a heartfelt conversation. She shares her story …
After years of experience working with animals at different sanctuaries, Rebecca started her own “micro-sanctuary,” Institute For Animal Happiness. She and I sit down in her home in Woodstock, New York to discuss micro-sanctuaries, Hudson Valley Vegfest, and much more!
Rebecca explains what a “micro-sanctuary” is, and how the animals at these sanctuaries get such focused and individualized care. She started out taking in “special needs” animals from various sanctuaries that she worked at and volunteered with. The sanctuary is very professionally run. They keep animal records on all of the birds, and are laser focused on keeping every animal space clean and safe.
She talks about the care of the animals, and ethical standards of the work they are doing, as well as different health issues that some of the birds have.
Rebecca encourages anyone interested in micro sanctuaries to check out Triangle Chicken Advocates, and the Micro-Sanctuary Resource Center, who coined the term “micro-sanctuary.” They have a plethora of information to share. In addition, she talks about the importance of volunteering or working at a sanctuary, or with rescued animals in some capacity before thinking about starting a micro sanctuary.
We discuss the issues with eggs and the oppression of all females in animal agriculture and the health problems that the birds have because of how they have been bred to lay so many eggs. She talks in depth about the denigration of these birds, the history of chickens, and all of the issues that come along with the practices used in the industries that exploits these animals, including what happens to the baby males born into the egg laying industry. Rebecca shares what they do with the eggs that the chickens lay at Institute For Animal Happiness.
We touch on the link between veganism and feminism while discussing what the females go through in these industries.
Rebecca and Sande Nosonowitz started Hudson Valley Vegfest together a few years ago, and it has since grown and moved locations. She talks about this journey and how the Vegfest helps to offset the operational costs of the sanctuary.
Rebeccas shares, “I feel like we have a responsibility to do two things: 1) empower each other and lift each other up. We shouldn’t waste a minute of our time with people who do the opposite of these things. 2) support any respectful, intellectual critical dissent within any group or organization, if it is towards the goal of inspecting and improving ethics, or if it creates dialogues towards positive improvements of any kind.”
We discuss all of this and so much more in this episode! To learn more about the sanctuary, visit their website:
Amy Burkman is a professional artist, activist, philanthropist, a cancer survivor, and advocates for animals and humans through her art. She does live painting for events and galas to support and raise money for different causes, charities, and non-profits. Amy has traveled around the world …
In this episode Rachel McCrystal and I sit down in the grass pasture with the turkeys at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. Rachel introduces the beautiful turkeys and tells us that Beatrice is nine years old, which is very uncommon for turkeys to live this long. Beatrice …
Lauren tells the story of how HHHH Farm Rescue was started, and her first rescue, Celtic (a horse), and purchasing her own farm when she turned 25. She discusses her second rescue and the latest rescue (Beau) another horse.
They recently rescued Veda (meaning life) and Sasha (meaning protector) two sisters from an auction selling animals for a sacrificial holiday.
Lauren talks about the use of animals as property, the tags and paint their “owners” use to identify them, and the reason for this in animal agriculture.
We discuss the plight of animals in the industry, from animal agriculture to horse racing. We talk about her rescued cows and how friendly and sweet they are. (they are best friends) Lauren and I talk about the heart on Hamilton’s head, (who I mixed up with Oatmeal)… and their rescue story.
Lauren discusses ways to support the sanctuary, volunteering, and their visitor day coming soon.
HHHH Farm Rescue is a family affair. Lauren’s family is very involved with helping keep the sanctuary running by helping out and supporting her mission.
If you would like to support HHHH Farm Rescue visit the website. Links to donate and other info. are on the site.
To learn more about the horse racing industry, visit Horse Racing Wrongs:
In this episode Todd Friedman tells the story of how Arthur’s Acres was started and talks about the animals he has rescued. We discuss the dark side of animal agriculture, about different alternatives and options to meat products and the impact animal agriculture has …