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36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Harmony farms is doing great things! They rescued my neighbors goats after the fires and gave them a safe place to rest and recuperate! Big fan of them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Robine and the Harmony crew of volunteers work tirelessly around the clock to create a peaceful haven for rescued farmed animals. It has been a privilege to get to work with such dedicated and compassionate people who do the hard work to ensure that these once abused, neglected, and unloved beings get the opportunity to live a life that we ALL deserve--one that is gentle, loving, safe, and secure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Harmony for a year now and it has become my home away from home! Being of service to the animals and helping them have the best lives possible is fulfilling and fun. It is well run, safe, and over flowing with love there!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the past few years I have been involved with several farmed animal sanctuaries. I love all the heart and hard work that people invest in these wonderful places. Harmony Farms is a perfect embodiment of what farmed animal sanctuaries are hoping to accomplish. They have a high level of animal care and attention coupled with a strong ability to attract dedicated volunteers. They are also great at reaching out to the community, local and beyond, to inspire people, connect them, and open their hearts to the plight of farmed animals everywhere. I’m so happy to have found such a worthy organization - robust in their fundraising capacity and daily farm chores and motivational to everyone who crosses their path. This place radiates joy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a visitor to Harmony Farms, one is immediately impressed by the vastness of their mission. Of all the different types of animals cared for at the farm, there might be only one of each represented. Meaning the caregivers must be knowledgeable about a wide range of diverse animals (much different than caring for all the same breed/species/etc.).
Harmony Farms has a well conducted training program to support their volunteers. I appreciate the access and education Harmony Farms offers our community.
Harming Farms is a gem which enriches the lives of animals needing care and our community.

2 Gary S Eidsmoe J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harmony Farm Sanctuary is a place of love for all creatures. From the amazing animals to the amazing people, you will definitely make friends for life. There are great people doing great things in the world. Please visit Harmony Farm to meet a few of those people.

2 Gary Sr E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started volunteering at Harmony Farms and no matter what I'm doing; shoveling horse poop or sweeping the barn, I am so relaxed and not thinking of anything else and enjoying every bit of it. We also love Ron.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at this Sanctuary Farm and am continuously impressed and delighted by the integrity of owner, Robine, and all the committed volunteers that help feed and care for the animals on a consistent basis. SO MUCH love and care and attention and thoughtfulness go into caring for the animals. It's a lovely thing to be a part of and witness.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an animal lover and newcomer to the Bend area, I sought a way to volunteer with a cause and community that I could relate to, and happily connected with Harmony Farm Sanctuary 6 months ago. The volunteer intro and training is thorough and fun -there is a lot to learn about the feeding and TLC that all of the animals receive every day. The communication with and among the volunteers is great. Always happy to go to Harmony, take care of the animals we are entrusted with, and be part of this compassionate and beautiful place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Robine is doing amazing work at Harmony Farm Sanctuary through her work in caring for animals and humans. The animals are living out their lives in a peaceful way and the people who visit and volunteer benefit from the many creatures who were saved. It is a massive undertaking with many volunteers. I love this piece of Heaven on earth!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered here for a few months and oh my gosh it was such a great experience. Early mornings taking care of and hanging with the animals was definitely my favorite part! Harmony Farm is such an amazing environment and welcoming to all!!

2 Jennifer J.11

Donor

Rating: 5

Harmony Farm is a unique place of healing and joy -- powered by the incredible commitment and hard work of founder Robine Bots, her family and many volunteers. The animals live in a beautiful environment and are so well cared for. In addition to helping more than 100 animals in need, the farm brings a sense of compassion and peace to all the lucky humans who visit. Harmony Farm is medicine for our troubled world.

4 Jill E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most wonderful place in the world. Rescued animals in the most wonderful setting. Warm beds, good food and humans that love and care for them. It is my favorite place to go visit and volunteer when I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A+ for the Iove and effort put into providing the best life ever to all the animals that have found themselves living out their life in such a tranquil place. It brings me joy when I'm at this sanctuary. I forget about all the world problems and it feelings like a renewing after I leave.

2 Lois J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor to Harmony Farm Sanctuary. The founder, Robine, and the dedicated volunteers take wonderful care of the animals who are thriving. Importantly, the farm is an educational experience for being vegan. This is a life saving message for our planet.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor to Harmony Farm Sanctuary. It is a unique farm animal nonprofit. It rescues all such animals, including sheep displaced by recent wildfires. It’s Director, Robine Bots, and volunteers work with veterinarians to heal injured animals, including those mistreated by former owners. One grossly overweight potbellied pig could barely stand or see. Today, he is a healthy guy and much happier. A lonely male dairy calf, scheduled for slaughter, got a new friend when the Sanctuary sought to rescue an older cow. This nonprofit cares deeply about its mission and the animals are thriving.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work being done is this place is heartwarming. Robine has a lot of passion and dedication for creating a better world. She certainly sets an example here in regard of how we should treat animals and lifestyle. Over 130 animals have been saved already and live a fantastically happy life. Make sure to donate and take a tour when you can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have an 8 year old neighbor in Sisters, Oregon, who visited Harmony Farm a year ago. The 8 year old writes stories about the animals he met at the farm. He reads the stories to his class. The stories are about how the animals have friends, don't bully each other, and how they feel safe, after coming from sad situations. His teacher uses the stories as lessons for the children about how they treat each other, their own pets, and wild life. Who knew the positive ripple effect one visit to Harmony Farm Sanctuary would have on our small world. Bravo Harmony Farm Sanctuary! You are changing lives for the better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harmony Farm Sanctuary selflessly gives the best possible care to over 130 animals. Volunteering is a privilege!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This loving vegan farm is blessed with over 130+animals that are treated with kindness and care each and every day! The volunteers and family that support and love these animals, give so much. Grateful to be part of this amazing Community.. there is always a need for additional resources for hay and medicine. Looking forward each time to love,support and help. Heidi

3 Ashley J.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very well-run farm that with a great admin staff, all volunteers. Every volunteer cares greatly for the mission of this farm, and everyone takes excellent care of the animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harmony Farms Sanctuary is one of the most amazing places to visit and volunteer. All of the animals are loved and cared for insuring they have a long and happy stress free life. It's a place where people come together and enjoy the camaraderie of like minded individuals wanting to make a difference. It's no wonder animals and humans find enormous amounts of healing on this farm. The owners are heart centered individuals, vegan, and do not use anything produced by the animals. Harmony Farms knows each animal is different, and special care is taken when it comes to diet, medical attention, pairing and housing. There are so many amazing things about this place, I could go on and on!

2 Ettienne B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Robine is my favorite person. The last few years I've traveled out there to shear the sheep and help take care of hooves.
She's always absolutely welcoming. Our stay there is my absolute favorite- it's so peaceful and you can never leave without a smile on your face from all the loving animals.
Definitely one of the best sanctuaries I've ever been to- and I've been to countless!
Robine & her family are some of the most selfless people I know. Thank you guys for all you do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Harmony Farm provides two vital services, rescuing animals and providing a place for people of all abilities to give back. This cycle of caring is healing for animals and humans, so greatly needed during these times of disconnection.

2 Jamie S.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harmony Farm is unlike any other sanctuary or rescue I've ever been involved with and am SO thankful for this little slice of love and compassion in my world!! Everyone I've met through the farm is kind, committed and compassionate!! ALL the animals (even the cranky ones) are given a TON of love and caring and support and tenderness and its beautiful getting to see them live out their lives in such a peaceful and safe space! This is truly a blessing on earth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having moved to Sisters from the “big city”, I never could have imagined myself feeding pigs and goats or shoveling cow manure, let alone actually looking forward to doing so every week for almost three years now. The most unexpected gift from being a volunteer though, is how Harmony Farm Sanctuary has blown my heart wide open and literally changed me from the inside out. I never expected to discover the unique, endearing, funny personalities of each and every one of my “farm babies” and I certainly didn’t anticipate falling in love so deeply

2 Don H.5

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donors and volunteers, we have witnessed first hand the extreme value in Harmony Farms Sanctuary. The passionate volunteers who year after year, work 7 days a week are the steel of the organization.

Beyond the incredibly dedicated volunteers, are the hard costs. Providing sanctuary to a wide variety of animals comes with; feed, vet & medicine bills. Harmony and it's cadre of volunteers work to secure many local donations, but cash donations are always needed.

There is no waste, every dollar goes directly to supporting the farm & caring for the animals.

Such love and compassion!

Don & Karla

2 Karen Skavlem H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The love and devotion given to every one of the rescued farm animals at Harmony Farms Sanctuary is amazing. As a fairly new, part time resident of Sisters, OR, I’m not able volunteer on a regular basis. However, Robine, who owns and runs the sanctuary, is always appreciative of any volunteer help that is offered. She and her family recently purchased a different property for the sanctuary. The family had to move and brought all the animals to their new location for purpose of providing the best lives possible for the animals. The coordination of volunteers who helped plan and execute the move of animals was an enormous task. A great amount of care and consideration was taken during the move to avoid any unnecessary stress on the animals. The animals seem to have adjusted very well and seem to love their new home.

1 Dana H.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Harmony Farm Sanctuary weekly for almost four years. It is incredibly heart warming to see the love and care that all of the rescued animals receive from the founder, Robine Bots, her family and all of the dedicated volunteers. This truly is a sanctuary for them to live out their days with love and peace. Even better is what the animals give back to all of us volunteers and therapy clients - unconditional love, laughter, lots of cuddles and a feeling of joy. The volunteer work isn’t always glamorous and there are occasional days when I’m not sure I feel like going but without fail I feel much better after I’ve been there - it is definitely my happy place. Harmony Farm Sanctuary is a wonderful asset to our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering at Harmony Farm Sanctuary for several years. Each animal has their own unique story of how they ended up at HFS; some come from abusive/neglectful owners, some were “throw aways“, tossed aside like trash. Others ended up at HFS because their previous owners could no longer care for them and wanted a better life for them.

By showing kindness and compassion to each living creature at HFS, people gain the trust and love from the animals.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with Harmony Farm Sanctuary for the last 5 years. I was inspired by the book by Tracy Stewart “Do Unto Animals” and the work she has done around rescued farm animals. I searched for a local sanctuary and was introduced to Robine Bots and the work she does here in Central Oregon.
I’ve witnessed the incredible experiences the sanctuary offers to local school age students with disabilities and those who are from disadvantaged homes. Watching the kids interact with the animals warms ones heart.
My family and friends have now been introduced and have visited or donated in support of this small, but mighty Central Oregon sanctuary.
I have been so impressed and believe in the mission, that I’ve volunteered to be a board member.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity recently to volunteer at Harmony Farm Sanctuary with my real estate team. We were so touched by the dedication and love Robine Bots has for every animal saved from abuse and neglect. The animals are affectionately named, and all volunteers are encouraged to pet, brush, and play with them while hearing their story of triumph and healing. What an incredible place and mission. The example Robine and regular volunteer Jeanette Pilak are setting for our community is beautiful. We are planning another service day soon, and cannot wait to see what is in store for their future. -Heather S.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited Harmony Farm Sanctuary several times. I have been very impressed by the devotion of the volunteers and staff. Everyone truly loves and cares deeply for the animals.

Giving the public an opportunity to spend time with the animals is a true gift and service. We are beginning to understand the depth of the human/animal bond. Harmony Farm Sanctuary is playing an instrumental role in allowing the public to experience this deep bond for themselves.

Sandra Wenrich
Camp Sherman Cabin Owner

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This farm sanctuary has provided our family invaluable benefits that help support the lives of not just these animals but provides fundamental life skills in compassion, diversity, acceptance and kindness that helps support the local community and beyond.

My 12 year old son has severe ADHD, diagnosed mood disorders, anxiety and depression. He understands he is unique from his friends, having to work ten times harder than anyone else. He finds solice, love & understanding in the presence of these beautiful HFS animals, that appreciate him for who he is. The farm provides him the opportunity to feel safe & loved and be able to give back to support others, uniquely like him. It also provides him work experience having to care for, clean up after and help build and clean various structures on the farm that shelter the animals. HFS allows him to be focused and driven, accomplishing the chores of the day.

It is invaluable for the mental health of not only my son, but our family. It provides us all the clarity to breathe, to refocus and understand the important work we can do to help support all creatures put upon this earth.

My entire family leaves HFS feeling refreshed, lighter and accomplished allowing us all to face any struggles with a renewed sense of self worth and confidence.

Farm work is hard work, but taking care of these animals fills our heart with the compassion we need to make this world a better place.

This farm provides an opportunity to do something bigger than oneself. It is a sanctuary, not just for these animals, but for any human that interacts with them. We are indebted to Robine, her family and the HFS animals for providing such an extraordinary opportunity for our family & this community

1 Kelly S.16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harmony Farm Sanctuary has literally changed my life over the past 4 years from how I see farmed animals, to what I eat, to how I be with other humans and in numerous other small ways. Robine who started this sanctuary is truly, endlessly generous with her energy, time and love. She always helps when an animal needs it but also when humans need it. This sanctuary has a unique open feeling that is inviting so that any type of person can feel comfortable to come and create a relationship with other beings - human and animals. I feel loved when I am there by the animals and the other volunteers. I am there many days a week now feeding and loving on the animals because it has given me so much that I am always ready to drop what I am doing and help out. I have endless gratitude for this community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After a 37 year career as director of non profits, I chose to volunteer at Harmony Farm Sanctuary because of its mission executed in every day actions. The founders and volunteers walk the talk in millions of ways through blood, sweat, and grunt work caring for animals and the land. The impact of this one little non profit on the community, and the many individuals who come to seek therapy, kindness, trust, and understanding are the very reasons why I stayed here when I retired. Animals find love, care and safety, often for the first time in their lives. Therapy clients, Life Skills class members who are differently abled, volunteers seeking an outlet for contributing hard work all grow in love and joy at Harmony Farm Sanctuary.