By Daria Zeoli, Guest Contributor

I have said in the past, quite honestly, that one of my favorite places on the planet is Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. I first visited the sanctuary in my first year as a vegan, in the summer of 2010. I wrote about the experience way back when I was a guest contributor for YDV, in Get Thee to an Animal Sanctuary!:

I was lucky enough to take a tour led by Jenny Brown, co-founder and director who runs the sanctuary with her husband, Doug Abel. While much of what she explained about factory farming was information I had learned about over the previous couple of years as I transitioned, it’s a very moving experience to hear the words while looking at a battery cage, or a picture of a now thriving steer who had been rescued from a veal crate.

Meeting Elvis the steer, Albie the goat, and Devlin the sheep was a magical experience. Petting a turkey was sheer bliss.

Jenny Brown is one of my heroes, and I feel lucky to have met her and to have the opportunity to support the work she – and so many other sanctuary directors – do for farmed animals each and every day.

She Was There For Me: The Story of Jenny Brown & Woodstock Farm Sanctuary from Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve had a chance to visit Woodstock, and the next time I do, it will be a new experience. Woodstock Farm Sanctuary has closed its doors in Willow, NY, and will re-open on September 5, 2015 in its new location in High Falls, NY.


This move is exciting, and I’m happy to tell you why:

  1. Twenty-three acres at the old locale is now 150 acres at the new digs. That’s over six times the space!
  2. More space means a greater ability to help animals – Woodstock and many sanctuaries around the globe have to turn down rescues due to lack of room; the move to High Falls will mean just the opposite! The space will also allow for better treatment facilities for those animals that need it.
  3. Vegan summercamp! There is enough space for overnight camps for young and budding vegans.
  4. A new education center
  5. A vegan dining hall
  6. Space for lectures, workshops, film screenings, and even VegFests

There’s plenty more reasons to be excited, and you can find them at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary’s website. In the meantime, here are the details on the grand re-opening.

When: Saturday, September 5th, 2015 from 11-5.

Where:  2 Rescue Road, High Falls NY

Admission: Free!