Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.
Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.

The Inside Scoop: Savannah in California

I learned about The Gentle Barn through my boss at Derma e skincare because Derma e has worked with and sponsored the Gentle Barn in the past. When I learned about this incredible organization, I dragged my mom with me to come visit the first chance I got. I fell in love with the cows immediately, having spent time around them in the past on my grandparents’ property in Montana. When I started volunteering, I was extremely grateful to be a part of the cow crew because I felt that these animals made the greatest impression on me and I understood them more than any other animal. During my second week of volunteering, I was reunited with Lucy, who made the sweetest impression on me when I visited the first time and I fell in love with her after five short hours. Until meeting Lucy, I didn’t realize that cows could have such beautiful and vibrant personalities, but she has shown me that all creatures have an inherently kind soul. Weeks later Lucy recognizes me and snuggles me when I sit down and lean against her. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to spend my Sundays with Lucy, as she continues to teach me unconditional love and patience.


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At Tomato Joe’s, we’ve had the privilege of seeing the bounty of Ellie and Jay’s important work blossom over the
years and we’re as excited as ever to watch their heart-warming story continue. We discovered The Gentle Barn
years ago when local food developer Angel McNall was working with our newly opened pizza shop developing her
amazing Vegan cheese that would ultimately become known to all as Follow Your Heart Mozzarella. After we
introduced the first Vegan pizza in SCV, we really had to fight hard to keep that dream going. It was the Gentle
Barn’s support and partnership that gave us the impetus to keep the dream alive in those challenging early days.
Ellie and Jay are such passionate and committed souls, and their mission is unequivocally improving our World,
one beautiful creature at a time! We are most proud sponsors and friends of The Gentle Barn.
“Tomato Joe” Brown,
Long Time SCV Peep & Founder
Tomato Joe’s Pizza & Taps Restaurant, Canyon Country

Tomato Joe’s offers a variety of delicious vegan options for pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches, and appetizers.