To the editor:
I just returned from volunteering at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, in High Falls, N.Y., for their annual “ThanksLiving Feast.” Their mission:
“Woodstock Farm Sanctuary envisions a peaceful world rooted in respect and justice for all living beings.
“We rescue farmed animals and give them care and sanctuary, connect animals with people to advance veganism, and advocate for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements.
“We welcome visitors to come and meet animals who are most commonly exploited, abused and killed in animal agriculture. Our animal residents are given lifelong sanctuary and are treated with respect as individuals. By giving farmed animals the chance to live their lives with dignity and by sharing their stories, we advocate for veganism and aim to reduce suffering for all.”
What an honor to be part of feeding 300 people a plant-based feast!
Our ThanksLiving meal was prepared by renowned gourmet chef, Rachel Kline a self-taught wonder woman, vegan chef extraordinare and founder of Miss Rachel’s Pantry. She gently and professionally oversaw the preparation of everything from several succulent appetizers to a gorgeous butternut soup, to the main courses which included roasted cranberry glazed seitan, black garlic and brown sugar bread stuffing cake, caramelized onion aioli and green bean slaw.
The gluten-free option was pumpkin and rosemary risotto cake, maple-glazed tempeh, black garlic caramelized onion gravy and green bean slaw.
The rescued turkeys joined us before dinner. Many cameras snapped photos of them chowing down the specially crafted fruit pies of pumpkin, berries and apples. Find photos and more on the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary Facebook page.
I’ve learned much in the past decade, about the intelligent capacity of turkeys and other birds. There’s great info at tinyurl.com/turkey-sentient.
The bittersweet reality never left us as we remembered the 46 million young birds who are killed for this holiday, making it even more awesome to be around 40 volunteers and staff, all transformed to plant-based eating, mostly strangers, working as a team to set up, prep, serve and clean up a meal at which 300 attended.
Woodstock Farm Sanctuary has openings for interns and volunteers for many aspects of the operation. To learn more, go to woodstocksanctuary.org.
Find more plant-based holiday recipes here: ohsheglows.com and onegreenplanet.org.
Giving thanks to all God’s creatures!