Winter is a hard time for animals and we�re readying for new arrivals. All three pigs (Hazel, Tofu, and Lunchbox) are now living together in harmony and we�re preparing for a potential fourth pig, Penny, who we�ll visit this weekend. She�s a Yorkshire with a rough history and she�s underweight for her age (about 40 pounds at one year old). We�ve been reluctant to take on Yorkshires because they can grow to 600 pounds. What does a 600 pound pig do? Anything it wants to!
We�ll also be meeting two groups of goats this weekend. In December, three horses will arrive at the sanctuary - Amber, a 20 year old female Arabian; Sweetie, a 20 year old female Welsh Pony; and Pippin, a 30 year old male Welsh Pony.
We�re being very careful to avoid over extending ourselves, our resources, and our community volunteers. Every day we�re presented with a new rescue inquiry.
As a certified organic farm, commercial kitchen, and bonded farmer winery, we�re very familiar with legal paperwork. This week we submitted our final paperwork to establish a new non-profit corporation - Unity Farm Sanctuary Inc, a public charity devoted to animal rescue and public education. We�ve selected our initial board of directors, and established early funding streams to ensure the Sanctuary persists beyond our lifetimes.
Although it�s cold, we�re still having late fall rain and so the Shiitake mushrooms have be fruiting nicely. Here�s what a mushroom delivery to the farmstand looks like
Now that Thanksgiving has passed, local businesses are donating their pumpkins to us by the pallet. When a forklift loads a pallet of pumpkins into your farm truck, this is what it looks like.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, here�s what the traditional holiday meal looks like on an organic vegan farm - plates of local vegetables, Unity Farm ciders/beers, and a vegetable-based field roast. No animal products of any kind, virtually no fats, and no processed sugars. There is much to be thankful for in 2016.