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Adults, kids grateful for Loma Vista Farm’s return in Vallejo – Times-Herald

Columbia Loma Vista is, after all, more than an animal sanctuary. It is also a human sanctuary.

The five-acre house, home to horses, cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, alpaca, goats and rabbits in northern Vallejo, last Thursday, about 16 months after Pandemic shut out curious children and nostalgic adults. It resumed in.

Who is as happier as the farm fixture “farmer” Rita Leroy, as she was a college student who opened her eyes in 1990 and became recognized by Roma Vista as much as the Pope was in the Vatican. I don’t have one.

Probably appropriate, as some visitors believe the school district-owned farm has a heavenly connection on Friday afternoon.

“Farmer” Rita Leroy points out a new alpaca barn that will be completed next week, in its 30th year at Columbia Farm. (Rich Friedman-Times-Herald)

“These are all divine creatures,” said Kim Cartra, the grandmother who raises her first Mason (5 years old) and Milo (3 years old).

It’s about learning that children respect and appreciate animals, and yes, “a little nostalgic,” Cartra said.

“I brought my father when I was little,” she said. “I am grateful that there are still good people who want good things for Vallejo and people who care about animals. And if you care about animals, you are a good person. More people I hope they come out and help and donate. It’s a beautiful place for kids. “

When children are raised on animals, “they respect animals,” Cartra said. “And this is a good place for them to get started. Children need to learn to be nature-friendly, plant-friendly and animal-friendly.”

No disagreement with Ashley Maggie, she took her three- and four-year-olds to the farm for the first time, remembering “at least 10” she visited the farm among the students at Elsa Widenman Elementary School. ..

“I was here a lot,” Maggie said. “I love animals. I love here. Now I’m bringing my kids and two nephews.”

“It’s safe, child-friendly and fun for animal-loving kids,” Maggie said. “I know my kids do.”

Maggie’s mother, Octavia, and Fia tagged on Friday and were equally enthusiastic.

“It’s beautiful,” Phea said by investigating the sanctuary. “It means something that has something to do with the Lord. It means life to me. I’m glad I came here. It’s positive and good for the kids.”

During the pandemic, only animals, Leroy, and the farm keeper lived on the premises.

“I was very lonely. The farm felt like a ghost town,” Leroy said. “I was very sad.”

Leroy believes that the animals knew something was diagonal.

“There was much less interaction, caress, and interaction with people,” she said. “I think they really missed people.”

LeRoy said he had a little extra gallop on his walk when it opened Thursday at 10am.

“It was great to see a family here with the kids, enjoying the beautiful plants and adorable animals and roaming around,” Leroy said. “It was amazing. Everyone was really happy to be back.”

Despite the closure, a dog attack in 2019 tragically killed three alpaca and improved the farm after recovering from injuring several sheep and goats.

“It was very traumatic. I’m happy that it’s in the rearview mirror,” Le Roy said.

Fortunately, “there are a lot of amazing improvements that happened to the farm during the shutdown,” she said.

Wheelchair-accessible sidewalks, goat garden retaining walls, some new fences, decorated picnic tables, sheep and alpaca barns a few days after completion.

Ashley Maggie visited Columbia Farm many times as a kid. Now she is taking her children to the animal sanctuary. The pig is a rock star. (Rich Friedman-Times-Herald)

Also new: Access gates for crossing Lanier Avenue to actually visit horses, sheep, alpaca during regular daytime exercise breaks.

“It’s a really great improvement,” Le Roy said. “There are many improvements in the future, so it will get better and better.”

It seems that words are coming out. The farm’s July summer program has already sold out for three consecutive weeks.

And no doubt Le Roy will be there. She said every day, “I look forward to being with animals and children, and I know I have the opportunity to keep animals happy and healthy and keep the garden moving.”

LeRoy lived seven minutes from the farm, but wondered which animals to live with for a week if forced.

“I was with pigs and alpaca,” she said. “They have nice and soft beds with lots of straws and they don’t poop in their beds.”

Loma Vista Farm is located at 150 Lani Air Avenue in Vallejo and is open to the public free of charge Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2:30 pm. The facility is closed.

For more information, call (707) 556-8765 or visit lomavistafarm.org.

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