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2018 Volunteer Work Party Dates

Always a lot of fun, volunteer work parties are a huge help in keeping things rolling here on the farm. Projects typically include painting, fencing, trail-blazing, small building projects and stall cleaning. Whatever your skills are we can use your help.

Work parties are scheduled once a month and are followed by a vegan lunch. If you’d like to stay for lunch, we just ask that you bring a vegan bagged lunch, a vegan item to share or a small donation to cover the cost of snacks provided,

All work parties are from 9:30am-1pm. The gate opens at 9:30. Registration and orientation start promptly at 9:45. Wear clothes you like to get dirty in (and possibly painty) and bring boots and work gloves for mucking around. A water bottle is a great idea too.

Mark your calendars with this year’s dates:

  • August 25, 2018
  • September 22, 2018
  • October 7, 2018 (Oktoberfest cleanup)

THANK YOU to everyone who made our first Oktoberfest fundraiser a huge success!

We were stunned and delighted by the last minute flurry of ticket sales the day before our first Oktoberfest fundraiser here on the farm October 6th. The caterers, Jamie and Wren Pearson of Pownal (check them out at Fuego Diablo), did an amazing job of pulling together a full course of vegan German fare for all ages. The music by Pejobscot Station, along with local talents, Karen Gray, John Cross and Randy Lindsey kept people here well into the drizzly night. We raised enough funds to purchase Strawberry’s new house and couldn’t have been more pleased with how everything turned out. We are so grateful to the volunteers (more than 20 of them!) who came out and made it all happen. Thank you, everyone!

Strawberry gets a new lease on life

Strawberry is enjoying a new lease on life since he was surrendered to Graze in Peace by his family in Windham late in September. Strawberry was “won” by a little girl in a pig scramble — a terrifying and extremely cruel event common at many back-country fairs in Maine and throughout the United States. During the event, crowds of fair-goers gather around an arena to watch baby piglets who’ve been forcefully removed from their mothers, greased with a slippery substance and set in a pen full of overly excited children or adults who then chase and manhandle them until they are caught and stuffed into a sack.

Though pigs have been proven to have the intelligence of a three-year old child and superior intelligence to dogs,* supporters of this activity see no wrong with treating these animals in this way and are often quoted as saying the piglets squeal in delight. As caretakers of pigs for many years, we can attest to the fact that pigs do not squeal in delight. When they are happy, they wag their tails and sometimes grunt or bark like a dog, but never squeal. They squeal when fighting over a bowl of food. They squeal when being forced into a situation they can’t get out of. They sometimes squeal when their tusks are trimmed. And they squeal when they are accidentally stepped on by a sibling settling down for the night. But they never squeal with pleasure.

As we ramp up our humane education and outreach programs, we plan to shed more light onto who pigs really are and how they need to be respected as intelligent and feeling beings who, if given a chance, will form family attachments for life and are deserving of much more better treatment than these traumatic fair contests force them to endure. We also are committed to teaching children a more appropriate and humane way of seeing and treating other beings, both human and non-human.

* For the whole scoop on pigs and a lot of references to research done about them, go to http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/pigs