Produce volunteer is known as the best volunteer position at the sanctuary.  This is not an easy position, but the produce volunteers get the best form of gratitude -nuzzles and sloppy kisses from the animal residents!  They look forward to seeing their produce volunteers, and they stand by the fences and voice their excitement very loudly.

The duties include retrieving produce at two Whole Foods Market Ann Arbor locations, maintaining a courteous and professional relationship with Whole Foods Market employees, delivering the produce to the sanctuary in Manchester, chopping, sorting, and distributing the produce to the eagerly awaiting residents.

If you are 18 years old or older, and are reliable, courteous, strong, and have a vehicle large enough to transport large amounts of produce, you may be our person!

Please be realistic about your availability and willingness, as this position takes time, dedication and commitment.

A few important notes:

  • All SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
  • We are looking for Sunday volunteers for the produce position at this time but would love to hear if you are available for this position on other days.
  • Training is done at Whole Foods Market and at the sanctuary.
  • Whole Foods Market is very generous to our animal residents and we want to maintain our good relationship with them, so professionalism and courtesy are extremely important to us.
  • Whole Foods Market requests that produce pickups be done between the hours of 8am – 11am.
  • It can take anywhere from 20-60 minutes for store pickups.
  • The produce can be heavy so the volunteer must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Depending on the amount of produce donated, it can take 4-6 hours to sort and distribute the produce.
  • Flexibility to switch with a produce volunteer on another day is available.
  • The produce volunteers report directly to Suzy, the Produce Distribution Manager, who now reports to Bhima, big boss of ALL.

If you are interested in becoming a produce volunteer or learning more about the position, please email volunteer@sashafarm.org.


Wednesday Evenings:  We are currently looking for a volunteer who can commit to every Wednesday evening to close (approx 6-9 pm) The shift is usually 2-3 hours long. The volunteer should be able to lift 50 lbs, and be 18 years old or older. If you’re interested, please email  volunteer@sashafarm.org.

Cat Barn:  Love cats? Volunteers 18 and over are needed! SASHA Farm needs your help caring for 12 sweet cats. Shifts are once a week for a minimum of 3 hours, but we would love to have you stay longer! Our volunteers clean, wash floors, do laundry, scoop litter, and feed the cat residents. Please email Darcy at darcyrocks@yahoo.com or Lynn at lynxdonell@aol.com for more information.

SASHA Farm Benefit Cruise September 15 – Please Join Us To Help the Animals!


Please contact bob@sashafarm.org with questions.

Below, you will read about two of the 250 SASHA Farm animal residents who could all use your help as we prepare for the winter ahead. You can help each one of them when you purchase tickets for your unforgettable experience cruising down the Detroit River on the Diamond Belle. Jefferson and Frankie and all the other animal residents will be forever grateful for your support!


  • Many of you have asked whether the food served will be vegan. Please note that ALL food served on the cruise by The Moveable Feast will be VEGAN and there will be gluten free options. 
  • Please RSVP by September 7th to bob@sashafarm.org if you plan to buy a ticket on or after that date.
  • Parking is $5.00, not included in the ticket price.
  • No outside beverages can be brought onto the boat.
  • Boarding is at 5:45 PM and sailing is promptly at 6:00 PM.  LATE ARRIVALS WILL MISS THE BOAT.
  • Go to the end of this posting to find a map to the boat dock.


This is Jefferson, a Polled brown and white Hereford steer.  He was raised about 10 miles south of Manchester, MI, and sold at an auction just north of Manchester in 2003. But it appeared that this noble beauty couldn’t bear the thought of being someone’s dinner, so he escaped the Eastern Market slaughterhouse in Detroit where he had a “date with death.”  He ran for his life across several busy Detroit streets, before being captured and tranquilized on Jefferson Ave, hence his name. Miraculously,  many compassionate people helped Jefferson find his lifetime home at SASHA Farm, where he will now spend the rest of his life surrounded by other cows, pigs, horses, chickens, sheep, goats and adoring humans.

Meet Frankie. When he was rescued from a Calhoun County (MI) hoarding case in 2015 (with Flopsy, Mazzy, and other goats and sheep), he had been living in a dog crate, and could barely walk when his rescuers opened the door of his crate to give him his freedom. Now, no one can keep him from running with joy in the pasture!  Frankie loves his life at SASHA Farm, and he loves all the humans who love him back!


You will enjoy dynamic views of the Detroit and Windsor skylines during a 3 hour late summer afternoon cruise on the Diamond Belle River Boat. Your cruise will be complete with a cash bar,  hot vegan hors d’oeuvres, appetizers and desserts prepared by The Moveable Feast. Sean Blackman and his band will be playing music during the cruise.

Date is Saturday September 15, 2018 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Ticket price is $100.00 per person. Dock and parking is at the foot of Joseph Campau – address is 201 Joseph Campau. Parking is available for $5.00 (not included in the ticket price).


Don’t miss this wonderful experience while helping the SASHA animal residents at the same time!

SASHA Farm Benefit Cruise: Saturday, September 15

This benefit cruise may very well be the highlight of your fall season!  This unique and unforgettable experience on the Diamond Belle River Boat will take us for a leisurely cruise down the Detroit River. We’ll enjoy dynamic views of the Detroit and Windsor skylines,  watching the sun slowly set over the water, all to the sounds of Sean Blackman’s music. Also included in your ticket price are scrumptious vegan hors d’oeuvres and desserts courtesy of The Moveable Feast. A cash bar will also be available.

This 3 hour cruise begins at 6pm and ends at 9pm.  Please note that boarding starts at 5:45 and the boat departs promptly at 6pm!  The dock is located at 201 Joseph Campau Avenue, Detroit, MI. 48207.

What better way to spend a Saturday night?   And best of all, you’ll be helping the SASHA animal residents like our most recent arrival, “Little Lamb”,  whose story is below.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased HERE.  Sponsorships for this event are available and can be purchased HERE.

Questions? Contact Bob Harvie at bob@sashafarm.org

We are looking forward to spending a very special evening with you on September 15. Please BUY  YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Remember, that every ticket purchased will help “Little Lamb” and all the other animal residents who call SASHA Farm their home. Read “Little Lamb’s” story below:

The Story of “Little Lamb”:  A very tiny lamb was born in May of 2018 on a very large sheep farm. She was rejected by her mother, most likely because of her size, and left to die.  A young girl named Bri heard of her plight, and rescued her while she was only a few days old. Bri bottle fed her new little friend, while also playing with her and comforting her. Bri’s nurturing worked, and the little lamb grew, soon becoming too big to live inside. Having visited SASHA Farm, Bri knew exactly where she wanted the lamb to spend the rest of her days. While it was a tearful goodbye, SASHA welcomed the lamb with open arms. Bri returned home, certain in the knowledge that her friend had found a safe and loving forever home and knowing she could visit the lamb often.

We are very grateful for all that Bri has done. With over 2 million sheep slaughtered in the US yearly (the majority of them being lambs) her quick and compassionate actions saved this baby from an unthinkable future.  Because of the actions of one young girl, Little Lamb is forever safe.

Please join us on this cruise and you will be helping “Little Lamb” as well as all of  the SASHA Farm animal residents. Thank you for helping us save so many lives!!