Today Rowan and I went to the farm to become more acquainted with the animals who call it their home. We moved around the pastures taking photos of all the animals. First visiting Roscoe the calf, in the barn, watching the chickens eat their feed, and saying hello to the sheep in the pasture. Rowan said hello to Clementine — the cow she milks every morning for farm chores — and I said hi to Sal, the first work-horse I have ever seen.
After our quick tour of Chewonki’s farm, we headed back to gather more information on each animal. We talked to Sarah and Caitlin, two of the farmers, who seem to know everything there is to know about all of the animals on the farm. We discovered, for instance, that the prettiest calf on Earth (Roscoe) also has the softest hair on Earth. Rowan and I were amazed to find out that almost all of the animals on the farm are slaughtered and used for meat in our kitchen.
It’s quite strange to think about how much our farmers care for these animals, knowing that they will eventually come back to us through the kitchen. The first thought that initially comes to my mind about this topic is the idea of the circle of life. This is where people disagree. Is it right to kill a living thing you care so much for? If humans and animals are in fact equal, as some believe, then how is it right for humans to slaughter even farm animals — their equals? On the other hand, our farmers devote their lives to making sure the animals prosper so that in the end we take what we need. In the words of Chewonki’s Head Farmer, Megan, “Its nice to wake up and tend to another living being before you take care of yourself.”