About The Tour

Farm Sanctuary is hitting the open road. To commemorate our 25-year anniversary, we're exploring the food, people and places sparking a national awakening toward conscious consumption and respect for farm animals. Read more


Orland, CA




Isa tells us about what inspires her as an author and as a chef.

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VIDEO: Happy Cows? Or Cows For Slaughter

Gene explains how a cow-calf operation in Kansas works. Here, cows are impregnated, give birth, and nurse their young only to have them taken away to feed lots at approximately 6 months old. At the feed lots, they will rapidly gain weight until they are sent to slaughter.

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The Hoe Down

Jun 05, 2011

Despite the rain, we enjoyed a glorious time at the Country Hoe Down at Farm Sanctuary’s California Shelter in Orland, California. People spent quality time with the sanctuary residents and were treated to inspiring presentations, delicious vegan food and dancing. It was an empowering and uplifting weekend!


Jun 03, 2011

We arrived in Orland in the evening and enjoyed a nice vegan meal at Farwood restaurant with Farm Sanctuary staffers and other Hoe Down participants. We spoke with the restaurant owner about her decision to provide vegan options. After dinner, we ran into a couple local Orland residents who were interested in eating healthier. They were keen to hear about the benefits of vegan cuisine. It was a promising conversation, and a topic that will be widely covered at the Hoe Down.

The Central Valley

Jun 03, 2011

On our way to Orland, we drove through California’s central valley along Highway 99 and passed a diverse array of agricultural enterprises, including fruit and nut trees, grains and row crops. While in Tulare County, we stopped to look at a few dairies. Besides seeing acres of dairy cows in Tulare’s dry lot dairies (which look a lot like beef feedlots), we also saw signs farmers had placed that criticize water policies that restrict agriculture’s access to water. We learned that Tulare County is named after Tulare Lake, which no longer exists. Tulare Lake was the largest fresh water lake west of the Great Lakes, but it dried up after water was diverted for agricultural uses.