Recently when my son’s school did a hatching project, I was asked (being the only vegan parent in the school) where to send the chicks. Had I known they were participating in a hatching project, I would have convinced them not to participate ever, ever. And told them about the superior teaching methods to hatching live babies (don’t worry, I did post script!) In the meantime, who stepped up and saved the day? Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, who adopted these babies (rather than sending them back to the hatchery to become fodder for being ground up alive.
I love this place, and all the beautiful ethics behind it. Now you can come visit our new chick friends, and spend the day and meet over 300 friendly rescued cows, pigs, goats, turkeys and more THIS SATURDAY! Try some of the best veggie-based food out there and learn more about why we think farm animals should be friends, not food. On Saturday July 5th from 11am – 5pm, let your little ones run free in the countryside with fabulous veggie food trucks and booths, amazing live music, a cooking demo, kids’ activities, ask-a-vegan-doctor booth, magic tricks, and a groovy tag sale at WFAS 8th Annual July Jamboree! This isn’t a roadside petting zoo, where the animals are mistreated and then end up on someone’s plate – this a true place of safety, peace, and heaven on earth for animals. You and your kids will be in summery bliss at this activity packed day of fun!
ADMISSION at the door: Adults $10, Kids/Seniors $5, Members & Toddlers Free! All activities are free but food and face-painting are additional charges.
Equally unique is Like No Udder — the world’s first all-vegan soft serve ice cream truck, coming all the way from Rhode Island.
More local but no less legendary is Aba’s Falafel, whose fluffy chickpea-based sandwiches and flavorful condiments are the darling of farm festivals all over the Hudson Valley.
Plus a variety of grilled and freshly-prepared prepared foods by chef and restaurateur David Silver.
And don’t miss a lively and informative cooking demonstration by Terry Hope Romero, author and co-author of bestselling cookbooks Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, and Viva Vegan!: Authentic Vegan Latina American Recipes and her newest, Salad Samuri. Terry will also be signing some of her famous cookbooks!
Best known for their cult hit “David Duchovny (Why Won’t You Love Me),” NYC indie music veterans Bree Sharp and Don DiLego of Beautiful Small Machines will be performing live! You’ve heard their upbeat, clever songs used in all sorts of tv commercials and on radio stations across the country.
Elizabeth Mitchell will be performing with her family band You Are My Flower. Elizabeth is a Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist, who has released seven high-praised and popular albums of children’s music that appeals to the young and old.
Also joining will be the appropriately-named jazz/rock trio Meanderthal, who will play their way through several decades in no particular order, and ukelele artist Derek Goodwin.
Kids will enjoy a bouncy-castle, hula-hooping, face-painting, and recycled art-making by Scrapkins. Plus food to satisfy even the finickiest palette.
Closeup magician Eric Walton will be here to make your brain hurt with his mind bending illusions. So it’s a good thing they will also have a top vegan physician fielding questions about nutrition at her Ask-A-Doctor booth.
And of course you can visit up close and personal with hundreds of animals, hear their stories, and appreciate just how delicious animal-product-free food can be!
The Sanctuary is just 2 hours away from NYC. Bus transportation is available. Click here for directions. Sorry, no pooches allowed.
Proceeds from this event will go directly to the charitable work of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains in the town made famous for peace and music, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary provides shelter to cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, goats, and rabbits who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment.
We are a place where visitors can come face to face with the animals they may only know as dinner and learn about the devastating effects of modern-day agribusiness on the animals, the environment and human health. Here you can frolic with goats in a large open pasture, sit down with a pig who wants nothing more than a belly rub, cuddle with chickens who seek out your attention or get nuzzled by some very friendly sheep!
At the heart of our mission is the hands-on work of rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farmed animal refugees — as well as educating the public about the horrific treatment of animals who are raised for food.
Many people don’t realize how dramatically meat and dairy production in the US has changed over the past 50 years. Those childhood images of happy animals living on sunny, idyllic farms couldn’t be further from reality. Virtually all animals who are raised for food — or their products — live miserable lives in intensive confinement in dark, overcrowded facilities called “factory farms.” These operations emphasize high volume and profit with little regard for the environment or humane treatment of animals.
WFAS is driven by the simple philosophy that kindness and respect to animals is our duty and that all the creatures that share this earth are here with us and not for us. Like our faithful dogs and lap-sitting cats, farm animals are feeling individuals who deserve to be treated with compassion and to live free from fear and suffering.