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Pay It Forward: The Farm in Gilbert

  • Mar 29, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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Come on out to The Farm for a volunteer session, it'll be a fun and fruitful time!

Please allow for sufficient driving time as our Volunteer Orientation begins promptly at 9:30am.

For this special meetup event, Member Michelle and co. are graciously opening their lovely home so that we can meet and socialize with the rescued farm animals that call this wonderful place... home. 

Goats: Gibson and Gabriel (Gibby and Gabby) were rescued off Craig's List as "free to good home". They were only 6 months old and unfortunately a surplus from a goat dairy farm.  They are now 1 and a half years old and full of energy! They are very friendly and love to be scratched between the horns.

Cow: Rose came from Waddell, AZ where she had lived for 15 years on a wonderful farm with a guardian who loved her dearly. When her human realized her home would be foreclosed upon, she was desperate to find her beloved cow a good home. She had reached out to a local horse rescue group, and the owner of the rescue immediately thought of Michelle. Rose is extremely social and loves to lick! 

Chickens: Cupcake (blonde) and Muffin (red) were rescued from Laveen through the Farm Sanctuary adoption network. Their human loved them very much and had raised them from babies. Unfortunately, a neighbor decided to use them for target practice and she knew she had to relocate them to someplace safe. These girls are very sweet and Cupcake loves to be held!

Duck: Dewey and his "siblings" were all rescued from a classroom imprinting experiment, whereas they are raised from eggs by a student and imprint on them only to be sent off to a "farm" where their fate is death.  Thankfully this is not Dewey's fate as he now lives on a safe, humane farm!  

After our brief Volunteer Orientation, we will:

- groom and pet Rose

- feed the animals, and offer them treats

- scrub the duck ponds and water troughs

- clean duck houses and provide fresh bedding

- clean Rose's feed trough.

Suggested Attire:  Wear covered shoes, and pants and a shirt that you don't mind getting dirty (or licked by Rose!). Bring sunscreen and work gloves. Wear a hat if you have one!

We will be providing water, and also light delicious vegan eats immediately following our volunteer session. We hope to see you and yours at The Farm! Youth are warmly welcome to attend, accompanied by an adult.

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  • Kim S.

    The work was fun, especially with so many volunteers! It was great to meet new friends and see so many kindhearted people who were not only willing to help Michelle, but who loved and cared for her critters as well. What an amazing event :)

    2 · March 30, 2014

    • Veronica

      It was so nice to see you again, Kim! You were such great help. Thank you for all that you did.

      March 30, 2014

  • Michelle L.

    I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for helping. I was honored to meet all of you who care so much about animals. Rose and the crew loved the extra attention.

    4 · March 29, 2014

    • Veronica

      Many thanks to you and your family for coming out to volunteer, Stephanie! Your boys were simply too cute with the hand brush, brushing appreciative Rose. So adorable!

      2 · March 29, 2014

    • Michelle L.

      Yours boys are adorable Stephanie and such great helpers!

      2 · March 30, 2014

  • Lori G

    I had a great time and enjoyed meeting everyone. Michelle, what is the best way to contact you to come out again sometime?

    2 · March 29, 2014

    • Michelle L.

      Hi lori. Thank you for pulling weeds! You can reach me at my email. Meow1229meow@yahôo

      1 · March 29, 2014

    • Veronica

      Much gratitude to you, Lori, for helping out today. It was a special treat to get to see you. Thank you!

      2 · March 29, 2014

  • Bobbi J.

    Had an AWESOME time with everyone today! I'm in LOVE with Rose!!!! I posted my pix on my Facebook. To those I'm not friends with already, please feel free to send me a friend request! (Bobbi Maggs Johnson)

    3 · March 29, 2014

    • Veronica

      ... and Rose loves you! That was simply the sweetest ever, when she called back to you for some more Rose time. She is such a sweet, gentle soul. You and Bradley were amazing as always, Bobbi! We are so happy you were part of today.

      1 · March 29, 2014

  • lynn

    So much fun! It was such a joy interacting with all of the wonderful animals! They are so sweet.

    1 · March 29, 2014

    • Veronica

      Great to meet you today Lynn! Thank you for your contributions. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

      March 29, 2014

  • Julie L.

    We had so much fun. Thank you so much to Michelle, Veronica, and all who organized. My son Joey has already asked to see Rose again. :) We loved meeting the animals and all of you!

    3 · March 29, 2014

    • Veronica

      Hi Julie! I loved the photo of Joey brushing sweet Rose. Such gentleness! Thank you for being part of today, it was so nice to see you both!

      1 · March 29, 2014

  • Michelle L.

    oh and i have a lost and found going with one pair of orange and red gloves and one orange water bottle from Santa Fe University

    March 29, 2014

    • Veronica

      I left the gloves... my apologies. :)

      March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We loved it so very much. Everyone was so nice. The animals were beautiful.

    4 · March 29, 2014

    • Michelle L.

      Thank you both for coming and helping. If you want to come back, let me know.

      March 29, 2014

    • Veronica

      Thank you for all your help, Tom and Janine! It was so great of you to volunteer today. :)

      March 29, 2014

  • Joyce

    Sorry can't make it

    March 29, 2014

    • Veronica

      We were sorry to miss you today Joyce! We look forward to seeing you soon hopefully.

      March 29, 2014

  • Veronica

    Every single volunteer today was amazing! You all did such a great job with helping out at The Farm. We simply cannot thank you enough! We feel so very fortunate to have you as an integral part of this community of kindness. We've posted some pics today, please feel welcome to post any others that you'd like. See you all again soon!

    3 · March 29, 2014

  • Emily

    Is there any way of approximating how long this clean up session will last?

    March 29, 2014

    • Veronica

      Hi Emily, our volunteer session is from 9:30-11:30a. We'll be serving some delicious eats immediately following the volunteering. :)

      March 29, 2014

    • Emily

      thx for the prompt reply!

      1 · March 29, 2014

  • Stephanie A.

    Are children welcome to attend?

    2 · March 10, 2014

    • amisha l.

      Thank you! Looks like we won't be able to make this one, I hope it happens again.

      March 26, 2014

    • Veronica

      Good evening Amisha! Thank you for letting us know. We'll be hosting similar meetups in the future, so stay tuned! Hope to see you soon. :)

      March 26, 2014

  • Josephine

    Sammie and I will be there!

    1 · March 23, 2014

    • Veronica

      Fantastic, Josephine! Can't wait to see you again, and to meet Sammie. : )

      March 23, 2014

  • Sami C.

    Awe I am so bummed I have to miss this! I am already volunteering this day with Habitat for Humanity. :( Enjoy the lovely animals and hope to get out there soon to pay a visit.

    March 14, 2014

    • Veronica

      What a wonderful thing you're doing, Sami! We look forward to your participation in future meetups!

      March 14, 2014

  • Veronica

    Hello everyone! We have received interest for carpooling from Tucson. If you're interested, please feel welcome to e-mail me at [masked] so that I can connect you. Thank you.

    March 11, 2014

  • Christine M.

    I wish I could attend this meetup with you guys but I will be participating in the relay for life that day from 12pm to 12am. It's a walk to help cancer patients and research.

    March 8, 2014

    • Veronica

      We're sorry to miss you, Christine! We look forward to seeing you at future meetup events. Thank you!

      1 · March 8, 2014

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