New York Celebration for the Turkeys Program 2017

New York Program
Saturday, November 18, 2017 &
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter
3136 Aikens Road, Watkins Glen, NY
Visitor Barn

Please check in at the Visitor Barn upon arrival. The Visitor Barn will open at 1 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

Gift shop opens
Open sanctuary time begins

2:30 p.m.

Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony
Hosted by National Shelter Director Susie Coston

3 p.m.

Pigs & Pumpkins, pig pasture
Shelter staff will feed pumpkins to pigs; guests can view from outside
Open sanctuary time continues

4 p.m.

Open sanctuary time ends

4:30 p.m.

Gift shop closes

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
16 North Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY
Harbor Ballroom

4:30 p.m.

Silent auction opens
Light refreshments served
Cash bar available

5:30 p.m.

Gourmet vegan Thanksgiving dinner

6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Speaker presentations

Please note that, due to an overwhelming response, we are only able to accommodate registered guests during the open-sanctuary portion of the event. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Gene Baur Farm Sanctuary’s President and Co-founder, has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production. Gene’s latest book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day, was published by Rodale in April 2015. He has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University, and is a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Susie Coston joined the Farm Sanctuary staff in 2000, after spending six years working with a veterinarian and at a sanctuary in West Virginia. With more than two decades of experience working with farm animals, she is a leading authority on both their care and behavior, and she calls on both her expertise and her deep connections with these animals (she’s often referred to as “the farm animal whisperer”) to advocate for compassion for farm animals everywhere. As National Shelter Director, she oversees a team of caregivers who provide individualized care to hundreds of rescued farm animals across Farm Sanctuary’s three sanctuary locations; she also acts as a mentor to many peers who have started their own sanctuaries and leads Farm Sanctuary’s annual Farm Animal Care Conference. She can often be found sharing the stories of her rescued farm animal friends both at speaking engagements and through the Animals of Farm Sanctuary project.


Eric O’Grey was 340 pounds, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts, and the onset of type-2 diabetes, Eric went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that’s when Eric met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, surrendered dog who, like Eric, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey together, forming a bond of brotherhood and unconditional love that forever changed their lives. During the next year, just by going on walks, playing together, and eating plant-based food, Eric lost 150 pounds, and Peety lost 25. As a result, Eric reversed his diabetes, got off all medication, and became happy and healthy for the first time in his life, eventually reconnecting with and marrying his high school sweetheart.
Do you dream of becoming the awesome person you’ve always wanted to be while also making this world a better place for all people and animals? In his presentation, Eric will share his story and discuss sustainable ideas, habits and lifestyle changes that you can implement today to create optimal weight, health, happiness, purpose and meaning in your life tomorrow.