The animals at the farm are all rescued, many from horrific conditions. Many are friendly, but a lot are kept behind electrified fences. "To keep the bears out," says one person at the farm. The red wire at the top of the fence is turned on at night—yes, to keep the bears out and the cattle in.
This pig is nobody's fool
One woman was surprised that pigs are so smart. "Are they as smart as dogs?" she asked.
There are probably as many roosters as hens at the sanctuary, because what a lot of people don't realize is that in the egg—and poultry—industry, most males are separated and discarded as chicks. At a lot of farms, they're separated out and are sent down a chute and ground up—or sometimes they're just buried alive. Not only are they not profitable to raise for meat, but you don't need a lot of roosters to fertilize a flock of laying hens.
Joy Askew is a longtime vegan and a longtime volunteer at the sanctuary. It doesn't hurt that she's a great and talented performer and songwriter, either.
Lauren and friend
Lauren V., whom I know from the 4th Street Food Co-op in the city, is a great musician—who humbly refers to herself as a "hopeful musician."
All the food served was vegan! It was great to see families chowing down on veggie dogs and veganized picnic food; of course, it was all delicious and even the marshmallows were toast-able.
I can't wait to go back!
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