Pig Path Work Party – OTP – October 2015

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Pig Path Work Party

This was by far one of my more favorite work parties to date.  Not only did I get some time with my little man on a father son day, but he helped out all day and we did some real long term good for the sanctuary.  Today we helped construct a Pig Path, which was very kindly recommended by Mike and put into motion by John.  Big thanks to Casey for coming out Friday night to help John get some of the beams set along the fence line, would have been a different day had that not happened, but it all turned out perfect.

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The Pig Path was put in to make a more manageable, cleaner and safer pathway for the pigs to move around.  The path was constructed to withstand the weight of the pigs, which an average weight of a full grown pig can be between 500-700 lbs.  Did you know that the average farmed pig that is needlessly slaughtered lives only 3-5 years, that is 1/4 to 1/3 of their natural lifespan (See unnatural life span, the numbers are astonishing and sad).  Here at the sanctuary they get the opportunity to live their lives in peace and without harm.  This path will ensure they have a better life here at the sanctuary and make life easier.

 

11222135_861698183937430_3605068191380677004_nBelow are some shots through out the day as we framed in the structure, laid the fabric, put in gravel, compacted, set the grid panels, and more gravel.  There were lot’s of us working and hard at it all morning, this could not have been possible without the wonderful volunteers that Out To Pasture Sanctuary has come out.  What an amazing group of individuals and so helpful – it is thanks to them that all of this was possible.  If you are reading this and find you want to help, you want to make a difference – you know you don’t have to go to a work party or a sanctuary to make the biggest difference.  The biggest difference you can make is helping to make places like this unnecessary – you can move towards a compassionate plant based life.  In doing so you save lives, dramatically decrease the environmental impact due to animal agriculture, begin to live healthier yourself, and generally make the world a better place for you and generations to follow.  If you do get to visit a sanctuary then take a moment to look into their eyes, see the person inside and then think about what your choices in life do to thousands of other sweet loving beings like them.  You have the power to change that, you have the potential to save lives and make the world healthier, take that moment to do something meaningful.  Here are some resources to get you started:

Watch Cowspiracy, it is available on Netflix.

Watch Earthlings, if this made a difference in your life then please donate to the filmmaker.

What to do next? Adopt a Plant based life, start here – Vegan starter kit

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World Day for Farmed Animals – Green Acres – October 2015

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Today was a special day and one where we get to visit one of the several sanctuaries we have here in the area and celebrate the lives that have survived, the ones that were rescued and mourn the thousands and thousands of lives that are being lost every day for no reason.  My sweet kids have been wanting to go to Green Acres for some time and haven’t had the chance until now – it was a great day.  We were joined by friends, the sun was shining and the day was just magical.

As a way to honor the residents and in a way pay homage to those that are not with us, we carried food to the residents and just spent time with them letting them enjoy the bounty we brought.  Watching them eat and play around us and most importantly getting to listen to Tina’s message about who they are and where they come from, what they had to endure as part of their early life, what was done to them and how their life is effected by that.  As November nears I sat with Duke, Dutchess and Princess – sadly thinking about how many like them are going to loose their lives.  How many lives like theirs are going to be lost.  If you are not already vegan I encourage you to please take a moment to visit one of the sanctuaries in your area.  Spend real time with the residents there, learn about who they are and where they came dukefrom – let them into your heart so you can see they are alive just like you, they feel just like you, they love and breath and move just like you.  They may be different but they deserve the chance to live life to the fullest they can just like you.  Please see them for the beautiful amazing beings they are and let them live, let them have a chance, be a change for better and adopt a plant based diet for your health, their health and the health of our planet.

One of my favorite parts of going to Green Acres is not just visiting with the
residents, but getting to spend time with John and Tina – they are both sweet and kind hearted people that I just enjoy.

World Day for Farmed Animals

Green Acres Farm Sanctuary

 

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Party for Pit Bulls for Lovers not Fighters – October 2015

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This would be my second Pit Bull benefit at Akemi salon.  Love Ted and Suzzette so much as friends and cool people who do things like this.  I guess I am kind of  partial since I have been going to their salon for years now getting my hair done – mostly by Ted, but after this last benefit I might have to consider seeing Chai now.  They have always welcomed me in with warm hearts and hugs – something I always need more of in my life so I am definitely a big fan of them.  The benefits are always a fun cozy little event held at Akemi and in their adjacent little green zen space.  There were drinks and food provided – they had a whole tray of my favorite Mississippi bowl from Native Bowl, but I was good and resisted just eating it all.  The wonderful Chai was sweet enough to do my hair, it was getting kinda long since I don’t always remember to go in on a regular basis.  I got the full treatment – shampoo, conditioner, scalp massage, hot towel and some of the best conversation I’ve had in a while – Chai is a cool person.  The benefit was for Lovers not Fighters a pit bull rescue and adoption group, I had a chance to sit down and talk with a couple of the people who run it.  It was great to hear how they had foster homes while waiting to get them out for adoption, and soon they hope to get a place where they can keep the pit bulls themselves.  It is nice seeing people doing caring things and helping out those that are less fortunate.  You can find out more about Lovers not fighters on their website.  Below is me getting in some good scratches on Angel.

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Free Packy – April 2014

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One of the protests I have been apart of in my life, this one involved Packy one of our beloved elephants unwillingly restrained at the Oregon zoo.  As with most zoos the sentient beings living there are forcibly detained against their will and put on display for humans to view like a peeper show.  Left with little dignity or rights to live free the poor animals are kept in captivity for their whole life.  Imagine you being locked behind bars for committing no crime but just for being you and that fact that locking you up and putting you on display would make someone money.  It is sad and greedy, it disregards the intelligence and rights of the beings held captive.  This protest was one in particular was a special one, it was one of the first that my children consciously wanted to take part in.  They had reached that age where they could make those conscious decisions and understand why they are making them.  We spend time talking and making our own signs for the protest, it was a beautiful bonding experience for us – sharing in something meaningful and helpful.  We got to see some of my good friends there and share in making a difference.  I am always inspired by my beautiful children, the impact they make on the world just by being themselves – it is miraculous and amazing.

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Out to Pasture Work Party – September 2015

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Out to Pasture Work Party

This is one of my favorite sanctuaries in the area, not only because of the love and attention that is given to the residents, but also because John and Kit are both good people.  My little family has been enjoying their annual open house celebration since my kids were little and now I am excited to see that they are wanting to take part in the work parties with me.  This work party was especially exciting, both my little loves joined me and helped out.  While I was out in the field pulling stumps, picking up poop, and filling in holes – they were helping make cider and bags of catnip for sale.  I was so proud of them for helping out and wanting to do it – such great people they are and I feel lucky to be their dad.  They have such huge hearts and so much love, I hope they always care so passionately.

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Vegan Beer and Food Festival – Portland 2015

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This must be one of the best Vegan events I have had the opportunity to enjoy in Portland for being Vegan.  Well setup, excellent mix of entertainment, food and beverage all on the water front in a convenient location for public transit.  Top that, the weather was amazing.  There were so many beers, food vendors, wears, and everything else in between.  Luckily, I’m a stout and porter guy so I knew my selections would be limited to just a few beers available – hence I go for the big glass so I don’t waste time in line.  Both the Bison Organic Chocolate Stout and the Golden road Almond milk stout were exceptional.  I favored the almond milk stout because of it’s smooth rich body and soft tones.

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Style: Sweet Stout

ABV/IBU: 5.6%/30

 

 

Bison Organic Chocolate Stout

Style: Chocolate Stout

ABV/IBU: 5%/20

 

 

After a few good beers and time with friends I decided to feed the need – the need for a Mississippi bowl.  I have been enjoying this layered Portland treat for years ever since the cart opened and having it at the festival just made things right.  To finish it off – not one, but two oh so good raw vegan blueberry cheesecakes.

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Native Bowl

All made from scratch with love.

 

It’s a Rawesome Life

“Happier than a Unicorn eating cake on a rainbow”

 

 

 

To finish off the event is this beautiful expression of community and the wonderfully unique diversity the community embodies.  I can’t wait for the next one.

 

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