Friends to the res­cue

The Glengarry News - - The Classiifiieds - BY MAR­GARET CALDBICK News Staff

Natalie Rowe’s and Gor­don Camp­bell’s Bee Meadow Farm, home to a happy menagerie of over 100 res­cue an­i­mals, wel­comed close to 300 peo­ple Satur­day for the sec­ond an­nual open house and farm day to raise funds for the non-profit’s col­lec­tion of res­cue an­i­mals.

It was an idyl­lic sunny day down on the farm, and fam­i­lies from Corn­wall, Ottawa and Québec found them­selves hav­ing an­i­mal en­coun­ters with an as­ton­ish­ing mix­ture of species. There were goats, ponies to ride, a ham rooster who likes noth­ing bet­ter than pos­ing for a photo with you, pot-bel­lied pigs, ducks and chick­ens, and sweet lit­tle chirp­ing quail.

Ms. Rowe says the farm has 12 pot-bel­lied pigs, four ponies, a don­key, 17 goats, 17 cats, three dogs, and Monty the Maremma, a live­stock guard­ing dog and an as­sort­ment of fowl.

“The birds are the only ones who bring any kind of in­come to the farm to pay for their grain con­sump­tion,” she says with a grin.

The farm sells eggs that on Satur­day sold out quickly, leav­ing some peo­ple dis­ap­pointed when they found the coop fridge empty. “Not a prob­lem,” said Natalie, who of­fered to “pull some more out from un­der the chick­ens.”

The farm also sells rib­bon-win­ning honey from the cou­ple’s api­ary. Among the vis­i­tors were Nelly Leoni­dis and her mother Lilia, from Ottawa. Nelly Leoni­dis dis­cov­ered Bee Meadow be­cause of a 2014 post on Twit­ter. “I read about a pig named Ophe­lia and I thought, that’s the best name ever for a pig,” said Nelly. “I started fol­low­ing Natalie on Face­book and Twit­ter and our friend­ship fur­ther de­vel­oped over vis­its and tea. I’ve been fol­low­ing the progress of Bee Meadow ever since and I get my eggs and honey here from peo­ple I know are do­ing great things,” said Ms. Leoni­dis clutch­ing the last two dozen eggs to be had.

The fundraiser fea­tured a used book sale and a si­lent auc­tion with over seventy items that had vis­i­tors bid­ding fu­ri­ously for works by artists and ar­ti­sans in­clud­ing painter Lau­rie Coté who do­nated a beau­ti­ful acrylic paint­ing of a quarter horse. Many items were from artist friends who sup­port the res­cue.

Core to Bee Meadow Farm is a “Spon­sor a Res­cue An­i­mal” pro­gram to pay for an an­i­mal’s monthly feed, shel­ter, and vet­eri­nary care costs.

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