UNITY HOSTS 'BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS' FOR WORLD FARM ANIMALS WEEKEND
This year, October came to Unity Farm Sanctuary in the most enchanting and beautiful way! With a gloriously perfect autumn day, we proudly hosted our first annual 'Blessing of the Animals' to celebrate World Farm Animals Weekend! A huge thank you to Emily Bruce (Ministerial Intern of the Unitarian Universalist Area Church in Sherborn) for performing the lovely and moving blessings for our animals, and to the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra string trio for generously providing music for this event. We can't wait for next year!
"After months of careful pandemic-related planning and readjustment, Unity Farm Sanctuary in Sherborn has resumed tours to educate visitors about the work it does. Naturally, Hometown Weekly couldn't resist a visit of its own. Unity Farm Humane Education Director Marla Andrews led the tour and began with a quick introduction to the “welcome committee,” consisting of the sanctuary’s goats, sheep, and Maxine, the guard llama..."
DUMPED 'LOCKDOWN DUCKLINGS' FIND THEIR FOREVER HOME TOGETHER
by jessica Scott-Reid, Medium
"Since the spring, Unity Farm Sanctuary co-founder Kathy Halamka has been coping with a sudden surge of new feathered residents. There are 23 of these “lockdown ducklings” now at the Sherborn, Massachusetts sanctuary, but, says Halamka, they are just a small part of a much bigger problem that is impacting sanctuaries across North America: baby ducks used for temporary entertainment during the Covid-19 lockdown, now with nowhere to go."
'HERD COMMUNITY: THERE'S MORE TO COWS THAN WE THOUGHT, SAY SCIENTISTS'
by Eva Botkin-Kowacki, Christian Science Monitor
"It’s lunchtime at Unity Farm Sanctuary, and all the residents are munching away. In the 'Forever Friends' pen, Audrey and Pal gently jostle heads to share the trough. When Pal nudges Audrey’s face out of her way, she stops and licks his ear and his neck as if to say, ‘That’s OK. I still love you,’ before placing her head back in the haystack. That may seem strange – especially when social distancing is the behavior du jour – but Audrey and Pal are cattle. And the licking is a way of showing affection and bonding among bovine."
UNITY'S HUMANE EDUCATOR PROFILED IN NORTH SHORE NEWS
Unity's Humane Education Director, Marla Andrews, was recently featured in two North Shore newspapers: The Newburyport Daily News and Eagle Tribune. If you've been to the sanctuary recently, chances are you've either seen Marla running one of our public tours or singing Broadway showtunes to Star the Donkey. Read the full article for highlights from Marla's first two years at Unity, previews of our many new Humane Education programs, and info on Marla's new pet loss grief counseling sessions.
We are happy to share that Unity Farm Sanctuary is reopening for scheduled on-site tours beginning Thursday, June 18th! In addition to a full schedule of regular tour offerings, we will also be celebrating the reopening of sanctuaries across New England with a special "Here Comes the Sun" week packed with extra tours from June 29 - July 5. This joyous week is part of a collaboration with New England (and New York) Rescue and Sanctuary Resource Group and is a perfect kick-off to summer!
ZOOOOMING DUDLEYFEST KICKS OFF ANNUAL UNITY FUNDRAISER
Our annual celebration of all things Dudley went virtual this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But that didn't stop our staff, animal residents, and virtual party-goers from having a fantastic day! DudleyFest also marked the kick-off to one of our biggest annual fundraisers. If you are able to give, any amount is appreciated and will go directly to helping to care for Dudley and all of Unity's rescued farm animal residents.
Unity is now a proud member of the prestigious Humane Education Coalition, which has a mission of collaborating "with education partners in human rights, environmental ethics, and animal protection to achieve common goals and support their work." In becoming a part of HEC, Unity joins "more than 141 partners and affiliates in 28 countries on five continents who collectively teach millions of people around the world."
"Humans aren't the only ones whose lives have been altered by the coronavirus. While many shelters and humane societies are trying to adapt amid the COVID-19 crisis, Sherborn’s Unity Farm Sanctuary has had to find the best way to operate without their volunteers and some of their usually scheduled programming...
UNITY FARM TEACHES TRUTH ABOUT ANIMALS (HOMETOWN WEEKLY)
By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter
"On Saturday afternoon, Unity Farm Sanctuary opened its doors for a winter solstice celebration. With tours of the facility, free hot cocoa, cookies and cider, the farm (and farmhouse, built in 1833) were extremely inviting and pleasant.
Unfortunately, some of the facts that the farm has to deal with on a daily basis are far less so...
Unity Farm Sanctuary was recently showcased in a photo-shoot for thekindbride.com -- a community and blog for the plant-based bride. The sanctuary grounds provided a picture-perfect New England backdrop for this happy and lovely event, and our amazingly photogenic animal residents kept the "bride and groom" company throughout the day.
"ALLOWED TO GROW OLD" ISA LESHKO BOOK READING AND TOUR
We are honored to announce that Isa Leshko, author and photographer with her new book "Allowed to Grow Old", will be coming to Unity Farm Sanctuary to read from her new book and join a special tour of the Sanctuary Animals. This event is done in collaboration with the Griffin Museum of Photography during her solo exhibition of photographs October 24th - December 6th.
Though the generosity of one final surprise “slam dunk - bring it home” large donation, the Campaign reached its goal in under two months, with 97 amazing donors, 1500 shares, and 100 followers. Everyone made a difference - thank you all from each of us at Unity Farm Sanctuary.