Jollygood and Sherry on Jollygood’s first day in sanctuary after his rescue from a TV show.
Over the years, Piebird has grown along with its animal pals, and now brings the message of love and happiness in many different ways. Firstly, there is the Vegan Farmstay, which comprises a Guesthouse, Cottage Rental and Bed & Breakfast – the perfect vegan retreat! What could be better than waking up to some joyful farm animals enjoying their well-deserved freedom?
Yan and Sherry believe that food is of the utmost importance, and so guests of the Vegan Farmstay can enjoy a range of delicacies which are ‘homegrown, whole-food focused and 100% vegan.’ Of course, the animals lend a helping hand in food preparation to make sure that everything is up to the highest standard.
“The turkey-friends love to help us prepare the soil in the spring, the chicken-friends get super excited during planting season, and the goat-friends are always keen to help during harvest. We also raise money for the sanctuary by growing and selling heirloom seeds through a small seed company we have.”
I’m aware of how many times I’ve already used the word ‘love’, but it just seems impossible to avoid when talking about Piebird! And what better way to show this than having weddings at the sanctuary, too? Yan explains that anything love-based fits in perfectly with what the sanctuary is all about.
“Hosting weddings here is a great way to help people establish deep positive relationships with animals. For the happy couple it’s really a great opportunity for them to fully share their values with their guests. For us, from an outreach-perspective, hosting weddings is a really meaningful way to reach people who may not otherwise ever visit a farm sanctuary.”
In addition to helping out with the catering, Piebird animal friends may sometimes even play a part in the weddings. Yan recalls one time when, just as the happy couple were saying their vows, Sunshine the goat ate the entire bouquet! He explains that weddings are also important for the sanctuary to provide a stark contrast to the lives the animals would have had before.
“Weddings are all about beauty. In the animal agriculture industry, farmed animals are hidden away out of sight and forced to live in ugly buildings where ugly things are done to them. Here in Sanctuary, part of celebrating the residents as individuals is celebrating all aspects of their life: their personal growth, their daily accomplishments, their interest & the space they call home. We make sure their homes are really beautiful, to reflect the beauty of the sanctuary-residents themselves.”