In the middle of Ontario Farm country, amongst the factory farms and gmo soy fields, there is a beautiful place. On a five acre plot there is a huge amount of love for those who would otherwise be suffering and discarded. Hundreds of animals have been saved and cared for at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary.
Sibohan and Pete Poole started the sanctuary 17 years ago when they were expecting twins. They started with a couple of goats and now have maxed out the land so that the animals have the space they need but are almost always at capacity. They work tirelessly day in and day out caring for the animals, arranging vet visits, building structures, fostering and adopting animals, all while being amazing parents to the twins who are now teenagers. They rely on volunteers to help and donations to run the sanctuary . They are truly heroes and I am really inspired by them constantly.
Baby Chickpea and I about 6 years ago
My first visit to the sanctuary was about 8 years ago when I was newly married and living in Stratford Ontario. We saw a little photocopied sign asking for volunteers to help with cleaning and we called up and scheduled a visit. We made fast friends with Siobhan and we were excited to meet passionate vegans. We started volunteering regularly and when Siobhan found out that I was learning to screen print, she asked me to print some Cedar Row bags and although I was just figuring it all out, I couldn't say no. Anyone that knows Siobhan knows that you pretty much can't say no to her. I got better and began to love it because of all the practice. I was inspired to do more than to "just be vegan" and started VeganPolice.
My son Sparrow about 4 years ago meeting baby Seamus ( please note Cedar Row is not at all a petting zoo, we just happened to be visiting that day ;)
Since moving back to BC about 5 years ago we have kept in touch and visit every time we go to Ontario. It is still my favorite place to go and Pete and Sibohan and the kids are the coolest people to be around. I have seen some of the animals grow up and pass away. One of my favorite memories was bottle feeding Charlie the cow when he was a tiny baby and first rescued. I was nursing my own baby at the time and feeding Charlie felt very emotional for me. He stared at me looking for the same connection that my son did. I felt so sad for him that he wasn't with his mother but so thankful that he was 1 in a million and ended up a Cedar Row. It truly is an amazing place.
Pumkin Smash November 2015
Please take a minute to check out the website www.cedarrow.org and donate if you can. If you are ever in the area try to get in on a work visit!!
Throughout the month of January I will be donating 10% of my sales to Cedar Row.