Farewell to Orland

Help us say 'Goodbye' to our Northern California Sanctuary

There are a few tickets left for the Orland Farewell Event. Please call 661-269-5404 ext. 320 to reserve yours today!

With the exciting acquisition of significant additional acreage at our New York Shelter, the majority of our Northern California Shelter residents will be making the trip east and taking up residence at our flagship sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY. On Saturday, April 21, bid them “bon voyage” and help us look back on 25 amazing years in Orland at our Farewell to Orland event.


  • Open sanctuary time, when you can pet a cow, snuggle with a sheep, or rub a grateful pig’s belly, and enjoy some quality time with your rescued farm animal friends before their big move (or meet them for the first time!)
  • Storytelling and toasts from Farm Sanctuary staffers and friends
  • A sit-down vegan dinner
  • And more!

Registration is $75 for adults, $40 for children 4-12, and free for children 3 and under. Attendance is limited and this event is expected to sell out, so we encourage you to register today!

You can sponsor the event and/or lend a hand as a volunteer!


2:30 p.m.
Registration begins

3 p.m.
“Meeting Our Farm Animal Friends” introductory talk by National Shelter Director, Susie Coston

3:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Sanctuary visiting time

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Sit-down vegan dinner in the pavilion

6:30 – 7 p.m.
Presentation by Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder

7 – 7:15 p.m.
Commemorative Video

7:15 – 7:45 p.m.
Presentation by Susie Coston

7:45 p.m.
Closing remarks by Kendra Melrose, Farm Sanctuary CEO and Executive Director

Susie Coston

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 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 online.

Gene Baur

Gene Baur is co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary and has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine. He was a pioneer in undercover investigations and instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws to ban inhumane factory farming practices. Beginning in 1986, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of animal agriculture and our cheap food system. He has written two national bestselling books. Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food was published by Simon and Schuster in 2008 and listed as one of Booklist‘s top 10 Sci-Tech books, and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day was published by Rodale in 2015 and named the VegNews book of the year. Gene 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. He’s been vegan since 1985 and recently started competing in marathons and triathlons, including an Ironman, to demonstrate the benefits of plant-based eating.

Volunteer Opportunities

Farm Sanctuary, a source of education and inspiration for thousands of individuals each year, relies on the dedication of volunteers. We are currently seeking volunteers for this event, and we would love to have your help!

Volunteers are needed to assist with all aspects of the event: setup, parking, registration, food service, gate assistance, staffing barns, cleanup, and more.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Juan Castaneda.

Event sponsorships allow Farm Sanctuary to continue rescuing farm animals and educating and advocating on their behalf. Your sponsorship will be used to further our lifesaving work. Together, we can create a more compassionate world!

$350 · Supporter
1 reservation to attend the event and on-site event signage sponsor recognition

$1,000 · Advocate
2 reservations to attend the event and on-site event signage sponsor recognition

$5,000 · Major Sponsor
5 reservations to attend the event and on-site event signage sponsor recognition

$10,000 · Host
10 reservations to attend the event; on-site event signage and podium announcement sponsor recognition

Thank you to our event sponsors!

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