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

Inside Scoop: Miriam in California

If someone would have told me over a year ago that I would become a Vegan and spend my Sundays hugging and teaching people how to hug a cow or show them the proper way to cuddle a Turkey, I would have given them a look that let them know I thought that they were crazy. Like so many of us I didn’t get to grow up knowing that I could have an actual connection with animals that didn’t include eating them or that their lives have exactly the same value as mine. Having the privilege to volunteer at The Gentle Barn and being given the chance to work with Lucy the cow on my very first day as well as getting to working in the office has not only taught me all of this, but has open the doors to a better way of looking at the world. I’m so grateful that I get to be a part of Ellie’s dream, which has spread into something so incredible and has been able to give strength to so many and gives hope to a world that doesn’t always seem like it has any. Thank you Ellie, Jay, Michelle, and to all of the volunteers and staff for guiding me towards becoming the person I feel that I should have always been, for giving me the opportunity to call you my friends and allowing me to be part of The Gentle Barn family, and most importantly for showing me that every single animal deserves a life full of love and happiness.

- Miriam

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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.