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.
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.
Below 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
World Day for Farmed Animals
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 from – 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
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.
Out to Pasture Sanctuary
Out To Pasture Work Party – September 2015
It’s hard to imagine what their life was like before coming here. Sitting next to Barbie in the warm sun, sweat beading from my forehead from working in the back field, my hand gently resting on her back feeling the warmth of her body – I am thankful in my heart that she has this opportunity to enjoy life and live and experience the sights, sounds and joys of being alive. So many beings like Barbie don’t have that option and their life is hellish and undeserving of such sweet peaceful beings.
“Farm pigs Barbie and Skipper were headed for slaughter when Diane stepped in and adopted them. They now live at Out to Pasture where animals get to live out their lives in peace.” – Out To Pasture Sanctuary
This picture was taken at a recent Out to Pasture Sanctuary work party I attended. The work parties are unique experiences that allow us to give and share in just a small part of the work needed to take care of these sweet beings. We do things like clean out hay, make paths, pickup manure, clean up the pasture of sticks and holes, give medicines, and spend time with all the residents. This was a particularly fun work party – this is the first time my little peeps were big enough to join me and take part in helping. They were both very excited and had a great time getting to care for and love the residents.
Here they are enjoying some fresh squeezed apple cider with friends after some work. My daughter spent some time with Ruthie feeding her and giving her love. Ruthie isn’t able to hold her head up on her own, but maybe she will someday.
There are so many other wonderful residents that are cared for and protected at the Out To Pasture Sanctuary, you can learn all about their stories and what you can do to help protect precious lives like theirs at: Out To Pasture Sanctuary.
Today I had the pleasure of going out to the Green Acres farm sanctuary, located in Silverton Oregon, for one of their work parties. It was a beautiful drive, sun was shining and we took the back roads the whole way there. We arrived into Silverton early and stopped off at a little coffee shop – that turned into a mini-epic place to be. Unassuming store front with beautiful deck in the back overlooking the river with quaint little sitting spaces tucked in. We were having such a good time there that we ended up loosing our head start and were 5 minutes late. We made up for it with hard work though.
The farm was very well kept, so organized and clean – it felt like everything had it’s spot. After signing waivers and information paper work we headed over to the barn where we pulled out old straw and took it to the compost, scraped poop, and then put down new bedding. It was a rewarding and positive experience, got to meet so many nice and friendly people all out helping like we were. After we were done working we cleaned up all the tools and put them away then took a casual walk around the farm to meet some of the residents. We got a chance to spend some time with Hershey, he is a bit of a celebrity that you have to go and read about (www.greenacresfarmsanctuary.org). We ended our time with a big group picture and some snacks, it was a beautiful rewarding day.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to help out at a work party and spend time with so many beautiful creatures, then you should – it is worth the effort to know that you are helping them.
You can learn more about Green Acres Sanctuary at: http://greenacresfarmsanctuary.org/