Comedian Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey Stewart, a former veterinary technician, operate Bufflehead Farm in Middletown, home to numerous rescued animals who are adorably documented on their own FacebookInstagram accounts. They’ve even gotten their daughter, Maggie, 10, involved; she’s a budding animal photographer. But the committed animal lovers want to do even more: they are pursuing their plan to open a 45-acre farm and animal sanctuary to house animals rescued from slaughterhouses, roadsides and live markets on the land known as Hockhockson Farm in Colts Neck that would have a visitor center and be open to tours by groups and students.
According to Asbury Park Press, a decision about whether or not their proposal will be approved won’t happen until January 10; the sanctuary would likely open in 2018. Tracey said that their new space “will provide after-school programs, agriculture lectures for adults and trips for school-aged children to learn about sustainable farming and animal care. “We would like all of our local schools to come. All the schools that are in this area,” she explained.
We certainly hope they prevail so that New Jersey kids can visit with animals like the ones who are clearly under excellent care at Bufflehead.