Farm Fest @ Maple Farm Sanctuary 2011 (Video)
Posted by Manda Rose.
This past Sunday, Maple Farm Sanctuary in Mendon, MA hosted Farm Fest, a festival-fundraiser and celebration where the rescued animals are the stars for the day. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness and money to help provide veterinary care, housing, food , and a peaceful life for the animal residents, who have come from factory-farm conditions and/or were previously abused, neglected or abandoned.
The event featured music, yoga sessions for kids & grown-ups, children’s activities, reiki/massage/healings, vendors from various animal welfare organizations and other non-profits. VegWorcester was among the groups tabling, handing out outreach literature, selling vegan books, pins and t-shirts. A VegWorcester-led group even rode their bikes from Worcester to the event! *high fives* Some of the same folks who were at Worcester VegFest were also at Farm Fest, including Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition, Vegetable Circus doing a fun kid-friendly show, and Like No Udder vegan soft-serve ice cream truck, just to name a few.
Whole Foods (Bellingham, MA) gave out free plates of healthy vegan food to FarmFest attendees. The highlight was a colorful salad with greens and berries, topped with tofu and a strawberry dressing. They also served up a quinoa/eggplant mix, cannellini beans and veggies, bread with two choices of hummus, and completed it with PopChips Salt & Pepper potato chips, and bottles of Adina Holistics Herbal Elixir.
Some of us got a chance to visit with the baby chicks the sanctuary just received from a local post office where someone had mailed them. Its scary to think that live birds can be legally shipped through the mail and what might have happened in transit. The chicks were so small, sweet and fragile! They ran around excited and eager, happy to feel the freedom of their new peaceful farm life.
Some of the residents on the farm include animals like goats, cows, pigs, llamas, chickens and even a mini horse! It was inspiring to see how happy and relaxed the animals were, and inspiring to see the important work going on at Maple Farm.В We encourage you to like Maple Farm Sanctuary’s Facebook page, visit the farm, donate and volunteer!