Peace Ridge was founded in 2001 in order to address animal cruelty, neglect and exploitation, and to promote vegan ethics in New England. We advocate for all animals – farmed animals, domestic companion animals, and wildlife.

We believe society needs to rethink the way that it views and interacts with animals in order to become a more peaceful and just society. We believe that social justice cannot be achieved unless we acknowledge the social injustice we perpetrate on animals.

Situated in downeast Maine, our sanctuary is currently home to over 140 farmed animals that come from all types of situations where they have been neglected, exploited, or abused. They all have their own stories, but what makes them especially unique from others just like them, is that they got out of their situation alive and are now safe with us. Since our founding, we have rescued over 900 animals and will continue to spread our compassion in the future.

Extended until July 31! All donations received will be matched up to $25,000 by a one of our generous supporters.  No gift is too small, and you can help us raise $50,000!
Your donation will be specifically designated to fund our project list helping animals like Fable, our first horse. Fable came to us very timid and hesitant to trust humans; a result of a neglectful past.  She was part of our largest rescue to date, with over 60 animals saved. With our patience and kindness, Fable transformed into a very loving horse and has been known to wrap her head and neck around her caregivers in an embrace.  She has even taken a liking to our calf Theo, who was very excited to welcome her to the pasture. Your gift will help us expand Fable’s pasture, giving her even more space to gallop and graze.
Please join in our efforts to keep Peace Ridge Sanctuary growing and improving!
Make your gift count twice by giving today!
With sincerest thanks for your support,
Daniella Tessier
Founder & Executive Director
The Matching Gift Challenge
Please consider making a donation to the animals at Peace Ridge! Know that 100% of your donation goes directly toward the costs of rescuing and providing care to animals in need! We are a “no-frills” organization. This means we do not spend money on high tech endeavors or glossy mailings. We do a whole lot with a little and we take pride in this fact, especially since we have a clean, well ordered, aesthetically pleasing farm environment with happy animals!Whether you can give a monetary Donation,an item from our Wish List, Sponsor an Animal, or help us Expand and Grow, your donation is tax deductible. Our programs rely on the generosity of our donors and we are deeply greatful for your support.

What your gift can bring:
$60 – buys grain for our entire population of rabbits for 1 week
$60 – spays a new female rabbit and covers her in-coming infirmary care for that month
$200 – buys straw to bed our animals down for 1 month
$750 – buys enough shavings to clean our barns for 1 month
$800 – buys grain and feed for all of our residents  for 1 month
$2000 – is a HUGE help- we can make that stretch for all physical care for our animals for one month or more!


Hi all,

Below is this month’s schedule for MARC and Sunny Meadow Sanctuary events. A separate notice and reminder will go out for each one the week of the event.

RSVP anytime at: rayshick@msn.com

Hope you will help!

Helen & Steve

July 5,   2-4   Cambridge Vegan ReachOut, banner & sign holders and leafletters needed. The more folks, the more positive the impact will be for the animals!
July 12, Saturday,

noon to 7

Sunny Meadow Sanctuary Work Day & Vegan Potluck. Many Hands Needed!
July 19,   2-4   Boston Common vegan/animal testing leafleting, leafletters needed.
July 26, Saturday,

noon to 7

Sunny Meadow Sanctuary Work Day & Vegan Potluck.  Many Hands Needed!

Easy Dairy-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutesTotal Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 11 rolls

Easy Dairy-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

Dough
    • 2-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 .25-ounce package baking yeast (such as Red Star® Platinum Superior Baking Yeast – see note below)
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/4 cup dairy-free milk alternative
    • 2-1/2 tablespoons dairy-free non-hydrogenated margarine
    • 1 large egg (can sub 1/4 cup applesauce or 1 Ener-G egg replacer equivalent for egg-free)
Filling
    • 3 Tablespoons dairy-free non-hydrogenated margarine, softened to room temperature
    • 1-1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered (confectioners’) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free milk alternative or coconut milk creamer

Instructions

Make the Dough:
    1. Set aside 1/2 cup of flour. In a large bowl, toss 2-1/4 cups flour, the sugar, salt, and yeast together until evenly dispersed.
    2. Heat the water, milk alternative, and margarine together in the microwave until the mixture is very warm, but not too hot to touch, about 125-130°F.
    3. Stir the margarine mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and only enough of the reserved flour to make a soft dough. Dough will be ready when it gently pulls away from the side of the bowl and has an elastic consistency.
    4. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 to 5 minutes. Place it in a lightly greased bowl and let rest for 10 minutes.
Assemble with the Filling:
    1. After 10 minutes, roll the dough out in a 14×8 inch rectangle.
    2. Spread the softened margarine on top. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle it over the margarine.
    3. Roll up the dough tightly and cut into 11 even pieces and place in a lightly greased 9-inch round pan or pie dish.
Rise and Bake:
    1. Loosely cover the rolls with aluminum foil and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free place for 60 and 90 minutes.
    2. After the rolls have doubled in size, preheat your oven to 375°F.
    3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cover the rolls with aluminum foil after 15 minutes to avoid heavy browning, if you prefer.
Make the Glaze:
  1. Whisk the glaze ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. Top the cinnamon rolls with glaze right before serving.

Notes

Red Star Platinum Yeast has dough conditioners to offer a lighter, fluffier result. It is dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, and certified kosher parve. It does contain soy flour.

From Go Dairy Free


February  1, Saturday,

1-2:30 PM

For info: contact rayschick@msn.com

Vegan Leafleting, Harvard Square

    February  8,

Saturday,

Noon-6 PM

Sunny Meadow Sanctuary Work Day & Vegan Potluck

February  15, Saturday,

1-2:30 PM

McDonald’s Protest, Downtown Crossing, Boston
    February 22,

Saturday, noon to 6

 

Sunny Meadow Sanctuary Work Day & Vegan Potluck

DUE TO THE SNOW TODAY, HELEN AND STEVE ARE MOVING THE WORKDAY TO SUNDAY. BELOW IS the ORIGINAL MESSAGE, UPDATED.

Please pray for this unexpected angel and come to help out on Saturday.

Please welcome this unexpected angel and come to help out on Sunday.

Hi all,We are having a Work Day and Vegan Potluck here at Sunny Meadow Sanctuary tomorrow, Sunday, January 26th, from noon to 6-ish and we hope you can make it. DRESS WARMLY! WE WILL HAVE GLOVES, HANDWARMERS, TOE WARMERS, AND HOT TEA AVAILABLE ALL DAY FOR INDOOR WARMUPS.

 
We are calling this Work Day ”The Little Winter Miracle” Work Day because five days ago, Maple, a tiny miniature doe we rescued two months ago, gave birth, unexpectedly, to a baby boy. (Actually two babies, but one was stillborn, which is not a big surprise as this is Maple’s second kidding and she is under 2 years old – the dairy farms are breeding younger and younger to make bigger profits. Her first baby also died.)
 
This is a very hard time to have and be a newborn, especially with the current brutal cold, and especially if you are only 7 inches long and weigh ounces. So we need extra help right now.
 
And thank you for keeping this little baby in your thoughts and prayers. Survival is not easy for him but he is still alive and actually growing!

 

If he makes it he will be Maple’s miracle, because no farm animal mother ever keeps her baby. And virtually no dairy boy babies ever lives past five months old because they can’t be milked.

If you need or can give other members a ride, please let us know. And if you can’t make it then, but can help some other day to help out, just let us know that as well.Jobs include barn, pasture, and paddock cleanup, animal care, fencing, netting repair, etc. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed! 
So if you would like to come help out at the Work Day, that would be great. Just email us anytime at:

and we will be happy to give you directions to our place. (Our farm is in Central Mass, about 1 1/2 hours from Boston.)

It will also be a vegan potluck, so just let us what you will be bringing if you are staying for the potluck.

We will be eating at 5:00 PM. Feel free to bring snacks to share if you like as well. Treats for the animals are also needed; they love organic carrots, organic apples, broccoli, cabbage, and organic spinach and lettuce. (The huge spinach packs are best – our ducks and hens gobble them up.) Everyone will really appreciate treats and basically any veggies are loved. But we had a major butternut squash harvest this year, so no squash please. :) And no dogs please. Many of our farm animals are afraid of strange dogs. Plus our yard is full of baby rabbits. (Working with a wonderful state licensed wildlife rehabilitator, we also rescue wild rabbits and squirrels – most of whom were either orphaned or hurt badly by cat attacks.) And the new baby is very close by too.If you would like to make a MUCH needed donation for the mom and baby’s care, click on the PayPal button on the upper left, or go to the website: 

http://www.sunnymeadowsanctuary.org/donate/ 

or, even better, you can send checks to:

Sunny Meadow Sanctuary
P.O. Box 114
Holden, MA 01520-1279

Any help is greatly appreciated! We will send you a receipt for your taxes.

For the animals,

Helen & Steve

 


Please pray for this unexpected angel and come to help out on Saturday.

Please pray for this unexpected angel and come to help out on Saturday.

A SPECIAL WORKDAY
AND VEGAN POTLUCK
IN HONOR OF
MAPLE’S MIRACLE

Hi all,

We are having a Work Day and Vegan Potluck here at Sunny Meadow Sanctuary this Saturday, January 25th, from noon to 6-ish and we hope you can make it.

 
We are calling it “The Little Winter Miracle” Workday because yesterday Maple, a tiny miniature doe we rescued two months ago, gave birth, unexpectedly, to a baby boy. (Actually two babies, but one was stillborn, which is not a big surprise as this is Maple’s second kidding and she is under 2 years old – the dairy farms are breeding younger and younger to make bigger profits. Her first kid also died.)
 
This is a very hard time to have and be a newborn, especially with brutal cold coming tomorrow, and especially if you are only 7 inches long and weigh ounces. So we need extra help right now.
 
And please keep this little baby in your thoughts and prayers. Survival will not be easy for him.

But if he makes it he will be Maple’s miracle, because no farm animal mother ever keeps her baby.

If you need or can give other members a ride, please let us know. And if you can’t make it then, but can help some other day to help out, just let us know that as well.

Jobs include barn, pasture, and paddock cleanup, animal care, fencing, netting repair, etc. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed! 

So if you would like to come help out at the Work Day, that would be great. Just email us anytime at:

and we will be happy to give you directions to our place. (Our farm is in Central Mass, about 1 1/2 hours from Boston.)

This is a weather-related event so please either check your email or call us on our cell - 978-257-7062 - or on the morning of the event for possible cancellation due to inclement weather.

It will also be a vegan potluck, so just let us what you will be bringing if you are staying for the potluck.

We will be eating at 5:00 PM. Feel free to bring snacks to share if you like as well.

Treats for the animals are also needed; they love organic carrots, organic apples, broccoli, cabbage, and organic spinach and lettuce. (The huge spinach packs are best – our ducks and hens gobble them up.) Everyone will really appreciate treats and basically any veggies are loved. But we had a major butternut squash harvest this year, so no squash please. :)

And no dogs please. Many of our farm animals are afraid of strange dogs. Plus our yard is full of baby rabbits. (Working with a wonderful state licensed wildlife rehabilitator, we also rescue wild rabbits and squirrels – most of whom were either orphaned or hurt badly by cat attacks.) And the new baby is very close by too.

If you would like to make a MUCH needed donation for the mom and baby’s care, click on the PayPal button on the upper left, or go to the website: 

http://www.sunnymeadowsanctuary.org/donate/ 

or, even better, you can send checks to:

Sunny Meadow Sanctuary
P.O. Box 114
Holden, MA 01520-1279

Any help is greatly appreciated! We will send you a receipt for your taxes.

For the animals,

Helen & Steve


POSTPONED FROM SATURDAY TO SUNDAY BECAUSE OF PREDICTED HEAVY RAIN

Hi all,

We are having a Work Day and Vegan Potluck here at Sunny Meadow Sanctuary this Sunday, January 12th, from noon to 6-ish and we hope you can make it.

If you need or can give other members a ride, please let us know. And if you can’t make it then, but can help some other day to help out, just let us know that as well.

Jobs include light carpentry, barn, pasture, and paddock cleanup, animal care, netting repair, etc. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed!

So if you would like to come help out at the Work Day, that
would be great. Just email us anytime at:

rayshick@msn.com and we will be happy to give you directions to our place. (Our farm is in Central Mass, about 1 1/2 hours from Boston.)

This is a weather-related event so please either check your email or call us on our cell - 978-257-7062 - or on the morning of the event for possible cancellation due to inclement weather.

It will also be a vegan potluck, so just let us what you will be bringing if you are staying for the potluck. We will be eating at 5:00 PM. Feel free to bring snacks to share if you like as well.

Treats for the animals are also needed; they love organic carrots, organic apples, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and organic spinach and lettuce. (The huge spinach packs are best – our ducks and hens gobble them up.) Everyone will really appreciate treats and basically any veggies are loved. But not squash please, we grew tons this year!

No dogs please. Many of our farm animals are afraid of strange dogs. Plus our yard is full of baby rabbits. (Working with a wonderful state licensed wildlife rehabilitator, we also rescue wild rabbits and squirrels – most of whom were either orphaned or hurt badly by cat attacks.)

And if you would like to make a MUCH needed donation to help us get through the winter, go to the Sunny Meadow website:
http://www.sunnymeadowsanctuary.org/donate/ You can even set up monthly donations!

or you can send checks to:

Sunny Meadow Sanctuary
P.O. Box 114
Holden, MA 01520-1279

Any help is greatly appreciated! We will send you a receipt for your taxes.

For the animals,

Helen & Steve


Vegan Cassoulet for your New Year's table

Vegan Cassoulet for your New Year’s table

 

Cassoulet is the quintessential French peasant dish. It combines low-cost ingredients with a few choice cuts of meat to turn out a tasty, economical meal. Here, we use tofu sausage and the flavor comes through without a ton of fat. You can enjoy this a couple of nights in a row because the flavor improves the next day. To speed things up, we used canned beans. Just 45 minutes prep, from fridge to table.
Serves 6 hearty portions

6 links tofu sausage, any flavor
One onion, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
One small bunch of fresh thyme
One small handful of fresh parsley leaves
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons, plus ¼ cup olive oil
2 15-ounce containers of chopped tomatoes
1 cup white wine
3 cans beans of your choice, rinsed and drained
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup bread crumbs

1. In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, combine sausages, onion, carrot, celery, garlic and fresh herbs along with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
2. Stir and sauté until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
3. Add remaining ingredients, except bread crumbs and 1/4 cup of olive oil.
4. Season to taste and heat through.
5. Transfer to a casserole dish.
6. In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and olive oil and sprinkle over casserole.
7. Bake for 30 minutes until brown and bubbly.

© Nancy Schneider from the January 2014 issue of Inside New Jersey. Photo by Cathy Miller


WORK DAY AND VEGAN POTLUCK

Ride Needed By a SMS/MARC Member from Arlington/Boston Area. Can get to the Red Line.
Contact Helen and Steve Rayshick if you can help: rayshick@msn.com
Hi all,

Because of the rain and potential freezing rain, we are rescheduling the Work Day and Vegan Potluck here at Sunny Meadow Sanctuary to tomorrow, Monday, December 30th, from noon to 6-ish and we hope you can make it! We need to get many barns cleaned and deep bedding put in because of the extreme cold coming this week.

So if you can come help out, that would be great. Just email us at:

rayshick@msn.com  to let us know. W

e will be happy to email directions to our place. (Our farm is in Central Mass, about 1 1/2 hours from Boston.)

It will also be a vegan potluck, so just let us what you will be bringing if you are staying for the potluck.

We will be eating at 5:00 PM. Feel free to bring snacks to share if you like as well.

Treats for the animals are also needed; they love organic carrots, organic apples, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and organic spinach and lettuce. (The huge spinach packs are best – our ducks and hens gobble them up.) Everyone will really appreciate treats and basically any veggies are loved. But not squash please, we grew tons this year!

No dogs please. Many of our farm animals are afraid of strange dogs. Plus our yard is full of baby rabbits. (Working with a wonderful state licensed wildlife rehabilitator, we also rescue wild rabbits and squirrels – most of whom were either orphaned or hurt badly by cat attacks.)

And if you would like to make a MUCH needed donation to help us get through the winter, click on the PayPal button on the upper left, or go to the website:

http://www.sunnymeadowsanctuary.org/donate/

or, even better, you can send checks to:

Sunny Meadow Sanctuary
P.O. Box 114
Holden, MA 01520-1279

Any help is greatly appreciated! We will send you a receipt for your taxes.

For the animals,

Helen & Steve


Vegan Twice Baked Potatoes

Recipe and image from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites by Laura Theodore. Reprinted with permissions for Go Dairy Free by the publisher, BenBella Books.

Ingredients

  • 3 very large russet potatoes, scrubbed, baked, and cooled (see note)
  • 1 cup cooked white beans (drained and rinsed if canned)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dairy-free milk alternative, plus more as needed
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan pink salt, plus more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons diced sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375ºF and line a small, rimmed baking pan with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. Slice each potato in half lengthwise. Carefully scoop out the pulp, using a teaspoon or grapefruit spoon, leaving about 1/4-inch of the potato skin and pulp intact.
  3. Put the potato pulp, white beans, milk alternative, garlic powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. If the mixture is still lumpy, add more milk alternative, 1 tablespoon at a time, to achieve a smooth consistency.
  4. Put the potato mixture in a medium bowl. Gently stir in the onion and pepper.
  5. Using a large spoon or piping bag, spoon or pipe one-sixth of the potato mixture into each potato skin. Place the potatoes on the prepared baking pan.
  6. Sprinkle the tops of each potato with paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste.
  7. Tent the baking pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the tops are crispy and slightly golden. Cool for 5 to 7 minutes before servings.