Tracey and Jon Stewart's Bufflehead Farm Joins Farm Sanctuary
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.”
— Farm Sanctuary (@FarmSanctuary) October 26, 2015
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.”
— Farm Sanctuary (@FarmSanctuary) October 27, 2015
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.