Spring is a busy time around the Sanctuary.  Every year, the final melting of the snow brings with it evidence of winter’s force : broken fences, windows in need of painting, fallen limbs on pathways, gardens filled with dead leaves, sizeable potholes in the lane.  The list is always a long one and  suddenly a sense of urgency prevails since Open Days are on the horizon.

Years ago, when the DSC was a fledgling organization, Open Days were treated casually and visitors were brought into the life of the farm on an informal basis.  Now, things are different; 20,000 people came down our lane in 2014 and enjoyable as it is, the process of welcome has become  rather more complicated.

For these reasons our Spring Volunteer Days are particularly  important dates on the calendar.  On Saturday, May 2nd, and Saturday, May 9th, we look forward to welcoming  dozens of volunteers who will help us to ready the property for Open Days. We will be gardening, painting, repairing and constructing – rain or shine.

If you think you would enjoy a day of physical exercise – and lots of time with the donkeys – then please contact us for the details.  It is important for us to know in advance whether a person is planning to attend: or 519-836-1697.

Here’s to lots of sunshine as we work!

Sandra Pady, Founder


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