In March of this year the DSC purchased West Ridge Farm, the 100 acre property adjacent to the west side of the Sanctuary. As a result of a bequest to the DSC received late in 2015, we were fortunate to be able to make the offer and then the down payment for the land. Due to this generous bequest, the DSC facility has doubled in size.
The landscape of West Ridge is beautiful, with 70 acres of fields for crops and 30 acres of rolling pastures and forest. During this crop season, wheat was planted, harvested and sold, with some of the revenues used to fertilize the fields for future use and the rest applied to the mortgage. As far as the rest of the property is concerned, for the time being we are working to expand our walking trail network which snakes up and down hills, past stone walls and beside enormous boulders in the forest. Recently, usage of this part became official in a way when volunteers and staff walked a group of donkeys around the site.
In October, the DSC Board and senior staff will gather for a day long workshop in order to formulate guidelines for the operating strategy over the next 5 years. Of course, the uses of West Ridge Farm will figure prominently in the discussions. Extensive new fencing, expanded animal housing, future grazing areas: these are just a few of the topics to consider. Adequate planning is crucial to our long-term operations. We want to help as many animals as we can in the best ways that we can.
In 2022, what will the DSC look like? If you have answers or suggestions to contribute, please make them as Comments to this blog or send them to the DSC Board Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org As a part of the DSC community, your input is important.
Sandra Pady, Founder