Hi all,
We are having a Work Day & Vegan Potluck here at Sunny Meadow Sanctuary this Saturday, August 30th, from noon to 7:30ish and we hope you can make it!
 
Thanks to everyone who responded about Ruthie – we got lots of towels but have mixed news about her condition. After eating two meals with gusto and having a drastically lower fever (104.5 vs 107), she had a relapse last night and this morning. Her fever crept up to 105 and she lost her appetite again, although she is eating hay. Her diarrhea is gone – or at least for now. We were so happy but now fear she is not out of the woods yet.
 
The vets are thinking it might be a relatively rare dog tick related disease. We have given her two injections of antibiotics and will be continuing to do so for 10 day. We are also giving her injections of Vitamin B Complex and banamine. Poor baby, so many shots.
 
Please keep Ruthie in your thoughts and prayers!

 

If you need or can give other members a ride to the Work Day, 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, fencing,  etc.. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed! 

So if you would like to come help out, 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 at 978-257-7062 on the morning of the event for possible cancellation/rescheduling 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.

Feel free to bring snacks to share as well. We will be eating at about 6:00.

Treats for the animals are also needed; we especially need organic apples, organic carrots  and organic spinach. (The huge spinach packs are best – our ducks and hens gobble them up.) All veggies are welcome!

 

And/or if you can make a MUCH needed donation for the sanctuary, 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 size donation will greatly help! We will send you a receipt for your taxes.

 

And if you have an idea for fundraising, let us know. We sure could use the help!

 

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.)

 

For the animals,  

 

Helen & Steve


FROM HELEN AND STEVE RAYSCHICK
Hi all,

 

We are having a Work Day & Vegan Potluck here at Sunny Meadow Sanctuary this Sunday, August 17th, from noon to 7:30ish and we hope you can make it!

 

If you need or can give other members a ride to the Work Day, 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, fencing,  etc.. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed! 

So if you would like to come help out, 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 at 978-257-7062 on the morning of the event for possible cancellation/rescheduling 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.

Feel free to bring snacks to share as well. We will be eating at about 6:00.

Treats for the animals are also needed; we especially need organic apples, organic carrots  and organic spinach. (The huge spinach packs are best – our ducks and hens gobble them up.) All veggies are welcome!

 

And/or if you can make a MUCH needed donation for the sanctuary, 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 size donation will greatly help! We will send you a receipt for your taxes.

 

And if you have an idea for fundraising, let us know. We sure could use the help!

 

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.)

 

For the animals,  

 

Helen & Steve


FROM HELEN AND STEVE RAYSCHICK…

We are having a Work Day & Vegan Potluck here at Sunny Meadow Sanctuary this Sunday, August 3rd, from noon to 7:30ish and we hope you can make it!

 

If you need or can give other members a ride to the Work Day, 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, fencing,  etc.. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed! 

So if you would like to come help out, 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 at 978-257-7062 on the morning of the event for possible cancellation/rescheduling 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.

Feel free to bring snacks to share as well. We will be eating at about 6:00.

Treats for the animals are also needed; we especially need organic apples, organic carrots  and organic spinach. (The huge spinach packs are best – our ducks and hens gobble them up.) All veggies are welcome!

 

And/or if you can make a MUCH needed donation for the sanctuary, 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 size donation will greatly help! We will send you a receipt for your taxes.

 

And if you have an idea for fundraising, let us know. We sure could use the help!

 

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.)

 

For the animals,  

 

Helen & Steve


BUSINESSES IN RHODE ISLAND THAT ARE OWNED AND OPERATED BY VEGANS

Following are a list of businesses in Rhode Island that are OWNED AND OPERATED BY VEGANS. If your business fits this criteria, let us know and it will be included. (contact: veganvillagercentral@gmail.com).

Map available by clicking address

LikeNoUdder2Like No Udder (V):Like No Udder is a Rhode Island-based vegan soft serve ice cream truck. We offer cup/cones with classic toppings, shakes, slush and more. Available for private/public events throughout New England, mid-April through October. 401-419-8869401-419-8869


BUSINESSES IN MAINE THAT ARE OWNED AND OPERATED BY VEGANS

Following are a list of businesses in Massachusetts that are OWNED AND OPERATED BY VEGANS. If your business fits this criteria, let us know and it will be included. (contact: veganvillagercentral@gmail.com).

Map available by clicking address
Ahimsa Custom Cakes: Auburn – 207-782-7931
Eden Vegetarian Cafe: 321 Main Street, Bar Harbor – 207-288-4422
Little Lads: 482 Congress Street, Portland – 207-871-1636
Modern Vegan Cooking School: – Locations vary – Expert in plant-based eating. 207-409-7778
The Wellness Forum: – Portland 207-409-7778


BUSINESSES IN THE COMMONWEALTH THAT ARE OWNED AND OPERATED BY VEGANS

Following are a list of businesses in Massachusetts that are OWNED AND OPERATED BY VEGANS. If your business fits this criteria, let us know and it will be included. (contact: veganvillagercentral@gmail.com).

Map available by clicking address
AURAw Foods (V, R): 5 Shore Road, Merrimac 978-912-0729
Bev’s Bakery (V): 3 Coppersmith Way, Townsend978-300-5226
The Bun Always Rises (V):
12 Arnold Avenue, Northampton 973-902-1474
Café Evolution
(V)
: 22 Chestnut Street, Florence – 413-586-0200
The Caroline Cottage Bed and Breakfast (V):
48 Wilton Drive, Centerville – 508-778-0653
Fomu (V): 481 Cambridge Street, Allston – 617-903-3276


Gohspa2GOHSPA (V, Organic Spa): :goh (green-organic-holistic) spa is a place where time pauses while addressing the necessities.  Our GREEN certified vegan spa uses purified water for all treatments. Our skincare products represent the most refined quality of holistic-organic skin care; their healing technology provides measurable results for optimal skin health and natural beauty.
350 Cambridge Road, Woburn – 781-281-7097– 781-281-7097

Goldhouse Gourmet, (V, R): Jamaica Plain – 310-990-5496 (kategoldhouse@gmail.com)
Grasshopper (V): 1 N Beacon Street, Allston – 617-254-8883
Green Hair (Vegan products salon): 538 Main Street, Stubridge – 508.347.7273
Green Hair (Vegan products salon): 538 Main Street, Stubridge508.347.7273
Loving Hut (V): 415 Chandler Street, Worcester – 508-459-0367
Macro-Mediterranean Delivery (V): 101 Mystic Avenue, Medford – 617-535-5300
Mandarava (V, RF): 46 Inn Street, Newburyport – 978-465-7300
POSHA Green (V): 617-340-9080
Sarah Jeppson Zitter (Artist, Writer) (V)
: 21 Lewis Street, Maynard978-897-6239
Sherry Jeppson Zitter, LICSW (Therapist, Writer) (V): 45 Lyman Street, Suite 19, Westboro
Sudo Shoes (V): 1771 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge – 617-354-1771


Chicago activist Robert Grillo’s “free from harm” movement

Robert Grillo and Sweet Pea

Robert Grillo and Sweet Pea

 

By Lyz Hoffman

Doris, Danita, and Sweet Pea were waiting in their coop as Robert Grillo walked down the backyard stairs of his house, trailed by Elba, his dove. He opened a gate leading to the coop, and introduced his three hens. At Grillo’s prompting, I petted Danita, her black-with-hints-of-emerald feathers spellbindingly soft.

“You just see how simple it is for them to have their needs met and feel loved and cared for,” Grillo said. “It feels really good to be able to give that back to an animal that all we’ve had is a relationship of taking.”

Grillo rescued the birds from a chick-hatching program in 2009, a “kind of chance” action in a year that would go on to be most integral in his life.

“Their value is based on the extent to which they’re a utility to humans and other than that [they] have no value,” Grillo said later in the kitchen of his North Side home, holding Doris in his lap. “But by showing people something completely different, you’re challenging that belief.”

Challenging one of the fundamental beliefs of mainstream society has become Grillo’s mission.
Also in 2009, the year that he went vegan, Grillo founded Free from Harm, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to promoting animal rights and a vegan diet. (The organization’s 501(c)3 status is still pending but nearly complete, Grillo said.)

His decisions to go vegan — meaning abstaining from eating and using any animal products — and start the organization, he said, stemmed from both a series of small, cumulative moments of increasing awareness and years of on-again, off-again vegetarianism.

“It just became the most amazing and compelling thing for me to explore,” he said. “Breaking the silence on that issue was probably the most important thing I’ll ever do in my lifetime.”

Now, four years after the organization’s inception, the website — freefromharm.org — receives about 30,000 unique visitors per month and its Facebook page has about 8,300 likes. It’s a labor of love for Grillo. Although he pays the site’s web developer, Grillo doesn’t give himself a salary and doesn’t expect to for a while. He makes a living as president of Robert Grillo Creative, serving as a creative consultant and content developer for websites.

Since he started, Grillo, 47, has written more than 500 articles for Free from Harm, with some articles coming courtesy of a cadre of his peers.

“I just assumed it was a nonprofit organization with probably several employees,” said Ashley Capps, 34, a freelance writer who contributes to the website, about when she first discovered Free from Harm. “I later found out it was just something he was doing on the side by himself. It speaks a lot to his character and his commitment.”

Tall and thin, with caring eyes and a soft-spoken eloquence, Grillo said he aims to spread his message of animal abolition in a non-confrontational way. He understands that people can take a while to feel comfortable seriously talking about meat-eating.

“I call him the Fred Rogers of the animal world,” said Anne Hoffman (no relation to the author), 41, a local animal welfare advocate. “He just has such a kind, gentle, sensitive way of presenting himself while at the same time still getting the message across.”

Debby Rubenstein, the founder and president of the Wagner Farm Rescue Fund and Have a Heart Farm, echoed Hoffman’s praise of Grillo.

“I feel like I’ve known him forever,” she said. “Robert is probably one of the first to jump in and help someone else. He definitely lives the philosophy that we’re all in this together.”

Grillo’s view of “we” extends beyond humans to all creatures. “The fact that one species can solve complex mathematical equations and send a man to the moon and another can’t has nothing to do with suffering,” he said.

Grillo said he is hopeful that society can rethink its meat consumption, pointing to recent polling that found up to 6 percent of Americans describe themselves as vegetarians. As that figure grows, Grillo and his peers will continue asking their questions.

“People think they can totally derail the conversation by saying, ‘I love bacon,’” he said. “If we can live healthy lives without harming or killing animals, why wouldn’t we?”
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We were nearing the end of our interview when Grillo brought up a question I had asked him earlier: For all of your friends and family who are supportive, are there any who aren’t?

“I thought, if the subject of your article was about a human rights issue, would people be looking for views that support slavery, support oppressive belief systems, or something of that nature?” he asked. “I bet they wouldn’t.”

Lyz Hoffman reporting for Medill Reports Chicago, a publication of Northwestern University (May 22, 2013)


CORNELIA GUEST BROADENS HER VEGAN PRODUCT OFFERINGS

Cornelia Guest with her new vegan handbags

Cornelia Guest with her new vegan handbags

Animal-friendly designer Cornelia Guest, daughter of the late socialite designer CZ Guest, has added a line of “humane handbags” to her collection of high-end designer accessories. During the recent launch of these products, Ms. Guest announced: “I decided to do my own animal-free accessories collection so that I could design and wear things that I love, and so could my friends. We developed a beautiful soft faux leather and designed a collection of accessories that ensure you are covered for any occasion, from walking the dog or going to work, to an array of evening events, however casual or elegant. And they all fit together – a great woven day bag with a clutch inside makes it easy to go from desk to dinner, or travel confidently with a simple and chic wallet, pouch, handbag and tote.”

In 2009, Ms. Guest founded Cornelia Guest Events and Cornelia Guest Cookies, catering to high-end charity and entertainment events with healthy, vegan dishes.

All of Ms. Guest’s products, which include handbags, clutches, messengers and satchels are cruelty-free, with price points between $150 to $350. “No animals were hurt while making these products,” she says,”I just have a few bruises!”

Guest’s book, Simple Pleasures, which centers on vegan cooking and entertaining, is available in hardcover on Amazon for $13.00 (price/availability checked May 17, 2013).

The new line of handbags is available at Bloomingdales.