It’s no secret that Jon and Tracey Stewart are a powerhouse couple for animals. Since Jon’s retirement from The Daily Show, the couple has been working on a massive project, creating their very own branch of Farm Sanctuary in New Jersey – and it looks like their hard work is paying off. The pair has been slowly building out their very own farm animal rescue and have already welcomed a few animal residents, but now we have more exciting news to share: the Colt’s Neck town government has given the Stewart’s the official ok to open their own sanctuary!
At the Colt’s Neck township’s planning board meeting held on January 10th, Tracey Stewart gave her testimony for the animal sanctuary and farm education center she hopes to open.
None of the board members had any follow-up questions, but of course, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart had to throw a joke in there. “I’d like to know how much this is going to cost me,” he asked.
Just two hours later, the Stewarts’ application for their 45-acre Hockhockson Farm was unanimously approved. How exciting!
We are thrilled to hear the Stewarts’ now have the officially ok! “As of tonight, we can finally give people an idea of when we will open, which is 2018,” Tracey Stewart said. “And we can really get to work now and start hiring people and start making this a reality.”
The plan is for the farm to grow crops as well as care for several rescued farm animals, including cows, sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens. The farm will also host tours and educational programs, to teach people about sustainable agriculture and animal care. The Stewarts additionally received permission from the board to host twice-monthly nighttime educational programs for 50 to 100 people, as well as up to six special events or fundraisers for 200 to 250 people annually. We can’t wait to visit!
You can follow the Stewarts’ journey on The Daily Squeal with Tracey Stewart. We wish the Stewarts’ well on their new journey toward fostering a compassionate and wonderful environment for animals!
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