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Speaking of Seeds…

VINE is ready to send out tendrils in a new direction, more widely dispersing seeds of change while simultaneously helping to fund our educational projects. We need “seed money” for our latest offshoot: VINE Press.

With over 500 animals in residence here at the sanctuary, our direct care costs are so high that we . . . → Read More: Speaking of Seeds…

Faith in a Seed


The other day, Miriam and I stopped by the feedstore. She picked out a new water trough while I grabbed a better pair of ice spikes for my boots. While waiting for the trough to be loaded into the pickup truck, I espied a seed packet display and couldn’t resist picking up a few packets . . . → Read More: Faith in a Seed

Snowed In? Reach Out!


Here in New England, we’re running out of room for all of the snow. Here at VINE Sanctuary, mounds of plowed and shoveled snow line the increasingly narrow paths and driveways, making them seem like tunnels. Some days, we’re literally snowed in, unable to navigate either our own steep driveway or the icy roads . . . → Read More: Snowed In? Reach Out!

The First Bird

The other co-founder of VINE Sanctuary

Why did the chicken cross the road? To start a sanctuary, of course! . . . → Read More: The First Bird

Poll of LGBTQ Animal Lovers


Welcome to the VINE Sanctuary poll of animal-friendly LGBTQ people. VINE is an LGBTQ-run farmed animal sanctuary that has worked to build bridges between the animal advocacy and LGBTQ liberation movements. By taking this poll, you will be helping us to learn more and to adjust our priorities and strategies accordingly.

This is a . . . → Read More: Poll of LGBTQ Animal Lovers

Playtime for Bovines

Luna with her friend Princess a couple of weeks ago

Sometimes, cows just want to have fun. Two recent play sessions among survivors of severe trauma demonstrate the joys of sanctuary life. . . . → Read More: Playtime for Bovines

Take the “Icy Buckets” Challenge Today


Take the Icy Buckets Challenge to see if you have what it takes to work at an animal sanctuary in snowy Vermont. . . . → Read More: Take the “Icy Buckets” Challenge Today



Sometimes coming home is the best part of the trip. I’ve just returned from a two-week writing retreat, and this gave me the opportunity to see the sanctuary with fresh eyes.

I went out to the barn just as Cheryl and TJ were unloading the pick-up truck after the weekly run to the feed . . . → Read More: Homecoming

A Year at VINE Sanctuary


We bring the year to a close with 510 animals in residence here at the sanctuary. Off-site, we organized or participated in 39 events. Here’s a month-by-month look back at 2014…

On January 3rd, it was warmer at the North Pole than at VINE Sanctuary. The temperature vacillated treacherously throughout the month, turning . . . → Read More: A Year at VINE Sanctuary

From Thug Kitchen to Backyard Chickens

Male chicks in a dumpster behind a hatchery. Small-scale and backyard egg producers buy their hens from hatcheries, which typically drop unwanted male chicks into the trash to smother or starve.

What do the perpetrators of Thug Kitchen have in common with backyard hen keepers? Lack of empathy for others due to preoccupation with one’s own intentions and personal innocence. . . . → Read More: From Thug Kitchen to Backyard Chickens