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Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals. Today it is the largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection agency, having rescued and then cared for thousands of animals at its New York and California shelters. Farm Sanctuary has not only been a leader in advocating for laws and policies to prevent suffering and promote compassion but also educated millions of people about the plight of animals and the effects of factory farming on our health and the environment.

Through rescue, education, and advocacy, Farm Sanctuary is leading by example in how to live in alignment with our intrinsic values and speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves.

Farm Sanctuary has literally been with us (Lara and Mark) since the beginning of our marital journey.  We visited the sanctuary a month after our wedding for its annual Hoedown, an event that brought the many issues of the devastating impact of factory farming to our attention. We left with a better understanding of our relationship with animals and the need to better align our ethics and our choices.  That weekend led to a wonderful relationship with co-founder Gene Baur, who brought us aboard for some advocacy work he was doing with the NJ Department of Agriculture.  He also introduced us to the term "Humane Education" and encouraged Mark to pursue a graduate degree with the famed Institute for Humane Education. In short, Gene and Farm Sanctuary have left a significant imprint on our lives and the lives of our children. We are forever grateful.  

Our last two hikes raised money and awareness for another incredible organization, the Institute for Humane Education.  And this hike isn't straying far from that path as Farm Sanctuary has started its own Humane Education outreach program to bring its message in to the field to students who can't get to the farm in person.

Supporting our Farm Sanctuary charity hike will directly help Farm Sanctuary rescue and rehabilitate more animals, educate our future leaders about the interconnectedness of all beings and our planet, and advocate for protective legislation that will allow for a brighter and more compassionate tomorrow. Please join us on this journey!

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
— Anne Frank