This Farm Sanctuary Is Celebrating Their Opening Weekend on a Livestream and We're All Invited (Video)
Since opening their doors for the season isn't an option this year, this New York farm is kicking off their season on social media for animal lovers to enjoy at home.
Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary will show off the resident animals to viewers who tune in on Facebook or Instagram, starting with coffee and chickens and then featuring “baa-rn behavior” with their goats and sheep.
Located about 90 miles north of New York City, the farm has about 400 rescued animals on the property, including cows, pigs, and rabbits. The first weekend in April is typically their big opening weekend, but life these days is anything but typical due to restrictions brought on by coronavirus concerns.
“It’s a whole new world, which I think is probably a shared sentiment from everybody,” the farm’s Executive Director Rachel McCrystal told Travel + Leisure. “We are readjusting everything…What we're really trying to do is bring some comfort to people who would normally be volunteering and visiting [and] hopefully bring a little cheer to people who are self quarantining.”
The live pop-up tours will last into the afternoon and include a Q&A session. McCrystal said while the sanctuary has only planned for Friday’s event so far, more videos like this could be possible, joking: “we have a lot of time and we have a lot of chickens.”
“The big part of our mission we can continue during this quarantine and this pandemic is connecting people to animals, we just have to change how we do it,” she told us. “We just have to really do our best to keep people educated and engaged.”
McCrystal said people who visit the sanctuary — which is currently closed — are most surprised by the individual personalities of all the farm animals.
“Nothing will convince people to care about farm animals like having a cow lick your face... but with the limits of Facebook and Instagram, I think we can at least show some of the characters at the sanctuary,” she added. “It’s really hard to feel lonely or sad when you get to be around these incredible beings.”