My omnivore sister, Michelle, drove all the way from San Diego to go with my husband and me to meet my reader, Cowgirl, and her friends at the Los Angeles Farm Sanctuary (thanks sis!). Unfortunately, Michelle had a mix up with a GM cow and went home looking like this!
Due to an unfortunate series of events, we were late. I get nervous when I’m late, and I was already feeling my typical anxiety about meeting new people. When we met Cowgirl and her friends, Mike and Kellye, however; they were so warm that I quickly felt comfortable.
We sat down at a picnic table and had a lovely lunch of veggie wraps that I’d made, chips and crackers with delicious homemade guacamole and salsa Mike and Kellye brought and wonderful raw, sugar-free homemade Snicker Bars that Cowgirl made. I loved how she wrapped each bar in plastic wrap and then tissue paper, an idea I may steal for wrapping Christmas goodies this year.
Mike gave my sister a bottle of salsa to take home (I’m sure he would have offered one to my husband and me if we were fans of spicy food, but we’re SO not!). He also told us that he and Kellye volunteer at an animal shelter and that he gives a bottle of salsa to people who donate to the shelter. For those of you questioning the humanity of humanity, that should give you hope!
After lunch, we gathered with a large group of people on the farm grounds for a tour. As our guide spoke about the history of the sanctuary and the suffering of factory farmed animals, I took photos of the chickens and other animals milling about.
Then as we toured the farm I took more photos, including some of Cowgirl and the lovely black cow she met and fell in love with the last time she came to the sanctuary. I should note that hearing Cowgirl’s story of her connection with this cow had a big impact on me – it’s what prompted me to stop buying leather shoes!
Cowgirl took some lovely photos too – here’s my faves!
It was great to meet Cowgirl in person, and I hope we’ll get together again soon!
I have more to share, but this post is getting long so I’ll end with a photo of all of us and a request that instead of eating a turkey for Thanksgiving this year that you contact the Farm Sanctuary to adopt one.