Recently, I had the pleasure of showing rock legend Joan Jett around the New York Shelter. For me, this was a thrill of a lifetime – especially since Joan’s songs often play over and over in my head (like "Crimson and Clover"). Joan has been a dedicated supporter of Farm Sanctuary and an outspoken and passionate animal activist for years, and it was awesome to be able to introduce her to the animals, and I think we actually got to almost everyone (meaning all 700+ residents!).
During her visit, Joan got to meet her namesake, the fabulous Joan Jett pig (pictured above) and pitch in with farm tasks like moving the main cattle herd to a different pasture so they could enjoy grazing on new lush green grass, and feeding scratch mix out to flocks of super excited chickens. She also, of course, got to just hang out and play with all the animals, and I was thrilled to see how very comfortable she was with all of them – no matter how big or how small. Joan was an absolute natural with the animals and, of course, extremely cool to hang out with too. Her visit was definitely the highlight of my summer and I am so glad she got to come to the farm. We are all hoping to have her back soon- especially the chickens- who took an instant shine to the famous rocker – and her namesake Joan Jett- who also happens to love Rock and Roll!
Joan explores the pig pasture with Fiona.
Joan shares a special moment with Will.