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Tracey and Jon Stewart's Bufflehead Farm Joins Farm Sanctuary

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Call it a match made in animal sanctuary heaven!

At the star-studded annual Farm Sanctuary Gala in New York City Saturday evening, Tracey and Jon Stewart made a huge announcement regarding the future of their new 12-acre farm in New Jersey.

“We’re getting married! Farm Sanctuary and us, we’re getting married,” Tracey told the crows of over 500 attendees. “We bought a farm in New Jersey with the intention of starting a farm sanctuary of our own with an educational center, but what I’m announcing tonight is that our farm is actually going to be the New Jersey branch of Farm Sanctuary. We’re going to build new advocates, new curious learners, and new leaders for this very important movement.”

While the Stewart’s farm will be called Bufflehead (named after a small duck), it will officially become a part of Farm Sanctuary’s growing network of animal sanctuaries. The non-profit, based out of Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes region of New York, currently also owns spreads in Northern and Southern California.

“I pinch myself every time I get a text message from [Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director] Susie Coston or [Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder] Gene Baur,” said Tracey during the event. “I really can’t believe I’ve been welcomed into their family like I have. I feel like what Farm Sanctuary does is they do rescue and sanctuary for animals, and then without realizing it, they also do rescue and sanctuary for people. And I feel as though they’ve rescued me and they’ve given me sanctuary for the rest of my life.”

Currently home to four rescue pigs, Bufflehead will next take in a quartet of sheep. In the months to follow, the Stewarts will welcome turkeys, cows, goats, and any other abused or neglected animals rescued through the Farm Sanctuary network.

Once the growing pains of the new operation have eased a bit, the couple plan on opening the farm up to the public (by appointment only to start) to educate others on the incredible work being done there. “Our hope is to get a lot of school groups in,” Tracey told The NY Times.

Said Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Baur in response to a Facebook post by Tracey on the announcement: “So excited for the AMAZING things ahead! Love!!”

So are we, Gene. Congrats to the Stewarts! We can’t wait to see what comes next.

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  • David Mowers

    Jon and Tracey, it may be years before you read this or someone you know does and tells you about my post…I saw your video and was moved by it.

    Moved because I am doing this for wild animals in my own neighborhood.

    I am earning poverty-level wages.

    I am living with my father at his house where my mother spent tens of years establishing a backyard sanctuary for squirrels, rabbits, sugar gliders, birds, possums, two deer and racoons.

    I am continuing her legacy by buying animal feed for each of these animals every month and depositing it on her backyard property. In the recent years I have had to coat almonds with antibiotics to stop both scabies and distemper.

    What if you used your influence to aid people in establishing sanctuary’s in every city in America?

    Why can’t my small backyard be the same as your farm? Figure out how we give the earth back to the creatures we used to become our modern selves?

    Dave Mowers

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