Esther the Wonder Pig fundraiser @ May 24th Great Glebe Garage Sale

It’s on! The NCVA will hold a fundraiser in support of Esther the Wonder Pig. She’s the 6-pound mini pig turned 500-pound meat pig whose two dads went vegan and are now trying to build her a farm sanctuary.

The fundraiser will take place at the Great Glebe Garage sale on Saturday, May 24th. We’ll be selling baked goods and used items on Glebe Avenue, somewhere between Percy and Bronson.

The slew of enthusiastic thumbs up that this fundraiser idea got a few days ago has lead me to believe that we’ll have volunteers aplenty. Right?

Pig cupcakes!

I’ve created a special volunteer sign-up thing here. Check out the list below of things we need, then head over and sign up!

1) Bakers: Any vegan baked goods will do, especially anything pig-themed. Think pink-frosted cupcakes with pig faces on. Or tofurky pigs-in-a-blanket. Or pig-shaped cookies. Or faux ham and cheese biscuits. Or maple-facon cupcakes.  Hopefully you can drop them off, but I’m also looking for a volunteer picker-upper.

Pig-shaped cookies!

I also need someone to make pink lemonade and coffee and bring it to the sale.

2) Garage sale donations: Pretty much everything is welcome. Though for obvious reasons, we won’t sell animal products like fur, leather, etc. Again, hopes are you can drop them off.

3) Picker-upper: Someone who will pick up baked goods and used items from people who can’t drop them off.

4) Set-up and tear down.

5) Sales: People to “man” the tables, selling treats and/or garage sale stuff. I’m hoping to have a lot of person power so someone can be on hand to just talk to people about Esther, veganism, etc.

One generous donor = many, many bake sales

6) Signs and decorations: I’m thinking a big poster of Esther with a synopsis of her “story” plus some leaflets about Esther and her indiegogo campaign. What else…? A sign saying “Ask me about Esther the Wonder Pig”? Pink tablecloths? Pink balloons? I’m not particularly artistic, so I’ll happily defer to whoever volunteers for this task. And it’s an important one. The sale might make $1000 or so, but a single generous donor – enlightened by our leaflet and charmed by our piggy decor – could beat that with the click of a mouse button.

So please head over to the volunteer sign up page and pick your task.

And if you’ve got suggestions for how to make the fundraiser better, do share. I’m throwing this event together at the speed of light because of time constraints, but your input is more than welcome.



NCVA to fundraise for Esther the Wonder Pig – With Your Help!



Many of you have already heard the story of Esther the Wonder Pig. Here’s the upshot: Steve brought home what he thought was a 6-month old “micro-pig” named Esther. She turned out to be a 6-week old meat pig who, a year and a half later, is 500 pounds.

Esther found internet fame when Steve and his partner Derek created a facebook page for her. She’s been featured in news stories around the globe, and has apparently inspired lots of folks to go vegan – including Derek and Steve, of course!


Now Esther’s dads are looking to open a farm animal sanctuary, with Esther as the star. It will be a full-on pro-vegan extravaganza, complete with humane education programming, a community garden and vegan cooking classes. While Canada has lots of top-notch sanctuaries, this is the first one I know of that will make vegan outreach part of its core daily activities (kind of like Farm Sanctuary, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, and Catskill Animal Sanctuary in the States).

Derek and Steve have started an Indiegogo campaign to try to buy this dream farm near Toronto. One of my reasons for doing this post is to encourage you to donate. Like now. Off you go, I’ll wait.







You’re back? Excellent.

So my other reason for doing this post is to suggest the NCVA hold a fundraiser. I was thinking of calling it “The Great Canadian Pig-Out” or something like that. The idea is we’d set up a table in a reasonably high-traffic area and give away samples of foods made with alternatives to pork (I’d bring my vegan saurkraut and sausage and vegan tourtiere to start!). We’d publicize Esther’s story and encourage people to donate, hand out the samples, and also sell baked goods to raise money for the Indiegogo campaign.

So what do we all think? Are you with me? Like really with me? Like with me in the sense that you’ll make baked goods and/or stand at the table for several hours on a weekend in early June? If yes, contact me ASAP at at gmail dot com, and we’ll get planning!