“𝐓he best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Summers seem to be getting hotter and hotter, so we’re taking steps now to help ensure our babies have important shade for years to come! We’re planting trees with protective corrals around the sanctuary and are looking for sponsors and donors to help cover the cost of this important project!

The trees are ~12-18 feet tall with some root balls up to 36 inches, so are offering very little shade at this time, but with sizes of 40+ feet at maturity, they’ll be adding much needed shade in the coming years. Some will potentially mature to be 70 feet tall! We know that’s some years away, but thought it important to take the steps for the future.

Several years ago, we had a very generous donor purchase and install large fans in the barns and they also installed rooftop vents in the Nathan barn to help keep the residents cool during those sweltering summer months. We also added a horse run-in for additional shelter and shade and felt trees around the farm were the next step.

The new trees will need protection, as Rowan & co love tree leaves, so we’re building sturdy corrals around the trees with 4 x 4 posts.

We’ve worked on minimizing the costs where we could with a significant discount from our local Lowes on the materials (lumber, concrete, mulch, etc), purchasing the trees at auction, most at a fraction of the retail cost, and utilizing existing fence lines for corrals. We’re also using volunteer help where we can.

𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄 𝐀𝐑𝐄 π“π–πŽ π–π€π˜π’ π“πŽ 𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐏.

π’ππŽππ’πŽπ‘πˆππ† 𝐀 𝐓𝐑𝐄𝐄: We’re looking for individual sponsors for 20-22 trees! For a minimum donation of $300, we’ll add an engraved plate with your name or any text of your choosing to the corral protecting the tree. It could be a family name, dedication to a loved one, favorite poem or saying, personal message, etc. We plan on using a 6 inch x 3 inch stainless steel plate, which allows for up to 1,024 characters. Engraved messages will need to be approved, but we don’t expect there to be any issues.

πƒπŽππŽπ‘ 𝐏𝐋𝐀𝐓𝐄: We’re also planning on adding an additional tree and engraved plate outside the front gate. For a $50 donation, we’ll add your name to the engraved plate on a post by the tree. The plate will read, β€˜A special thank you to the 2022 Trees for the Future donors’ with a list of names. Please limit the characters to 25 with an individual name or family name, i.e. The Pat Smith Family.

π‡πŽπ– π“πŽ πƒπŽππ€π“π„: Please use the following link to donate if you’d like to sponsor a tree or be added to the donor plate list.


Smaller donation amounts are also welcome through FB and IG.

Thank you for your support and we’d love to answer any questions you might have about this project! πŸ„ πŸ– πŸ“ ❀️ 🌳 🌳 🌳

The trees the day of delivery. They were purchased at an auction at significant savings.
Tree names and placement. Some are free-standing corrals, but we grouped some in threes and utilized existing fence-lines for corrals and to shade multiple areas.
2 of 3 River Birch Tress up front by the Chicken Garden and pig holes. The protective corrals up front are shorter and not as wide, as only need to offer protection from the piggies.
1 of 3 Exclamation London Plane trees by Barn 2.
A River Birch tree, a Lacebark Elm tree, and Carmen ignoring a fence.
Jackson checking out a Princeton Elm tree and a Duroc checking out a lunch bag.
Regan enjoying the shade from a River Birch tree with an additional River Birch tree and piggy in the background.
A Princeton Elm tree with Jackson, Wooly Bully, Lily Moo, and the Durocs grazing and enjoying the beautiful weather.
The 3 River Birch trees up front, which will offer shade to the Chicken Garden, some of the pig holes, and the duck pools and additional water sources on the driveway.
The 3 Sugar Hackberry trees along the existing fence-line to shade multiple areas.
Regan approves and says, “Thank you so much for your support!”