Sol Criations Farm Sanctuary is on twenty, mostly wooded acres tucked in at the end of a private, dead end road. It is currently home to 67 residents, including: 13 alpacas, 4 goats, 3 pigs, 17 chickens, 7 guineas, 2 geese, 1 duck, 2 turkeys, 2 pheasants, 4 dogs, 7 cats, and 5 humans. Our sanctuary is a 501c3 non-profit, run by Brenda and Jon Vetter and our three girls, Tabitha, Madilyn, and Samantha.
Our journey began when we moved here, into the woods and an agricultural community. Our dream of living in the country and being more self-sufficient started with raising chickens for eggs. The goats came next while we prepared for our big dream of alpacas. Our dream of raising alpacas came true and we fell in love with them and “farm life.” But, when we became involved in our small way in animal agriculture and we proceeded into the world of raising animals things began to feel very uncomfortable. What we were taught about raising animals and things that were usual and/or necessary often didn’t feel right. The animals have been our greatest teachers and we began to understand and see what it all meant to them. We questioned everything we had been taught and dove head first into learning about animal agriculture. We were completely devastated by what we found about how farmed animals are treated in order to produce food for humans and how our Earth is ravaged and destroyed. Everything fell apart and our hearts and souls were literally shattered. We felt completely helpless. We worried for the animals, our Earth, and about a future for our children. We searched and searched for the answer to what we could do to make a difference. Through a broken heart and countless hours of educating our minds and hearts, it has become our passion to make a change, to do something, to speak up, be a model of the change we wish to see in the world and to share. Jon and Brenda both trained with Dr. Will Tuttle to become World Peace Diet Facilitators, and we now provide sanctuary to farmed animals and live a vegan lifestyle with respect and reverence for our Earth and all life.
In our SoL, it is our vision to offer sanctuary to the animals who find their way here, the humans who live here and visit, the wildlife who call this home, and the Earth who gently supports us all. We aspire to create a biodynamic space and peaceable kingdom and to educate others and offer a different perspective–a new story of peace and gentle reverence for all life, helping to reawaken connections with animals and the Earth and to recognize the value of each individual life. Widening circles of compassion to include the Earth, all animals and to treat all life with the deepest kindness and respect. Caring, advocating, educating and mentoring for the animals through making connections, empowering hearts, and opening minds to make conscious, compassionate choices for the animals, the Earth, and ourselves.
Our name: SoL Criations (SoL ~ “Space of Love” inspired by a book. Criations ~ a baby alpaca is a cria and we carried over our name from our alpaca farm).
SoL Criations is the recipient of a microsanctuary seed grant!