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According to the website, ECOV (Earth Cows Opportunity Village) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to cow protection, local production of food, sustainable housing, alternative energy production and energy conservation. Cow protection includes not sending cows to slaughterhouses and letting them live out their lives until a natural death.
Regardless of dietary preference or philosophy, I think we can all agree that factory-farming slaughterhouses are just the worst.
The West Virginia location is the first of many small villages ECOV wants to build around an agrarian, spiritual lifestyle based on the mission of plain living, high thinking, and close connections to Mother Earth in a sustainable way.
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The idea is really neat, but there is a lot of room for improvement and a lot of work to be done. ECOV accepts financial donations but the nonprofit also invites folks who want to help to spend weekends or vacations helping out, hands-on. That’s the difference-maker, right there. Not just for the organization, but also for those volunteering.
Their work with cows is year-round, but there are numerous other projects in the works from March until December. From planting trees and maintaining them, to building fences, garden spaces and low impact construction projects, there are plenty of nature-related activities for volunteers.
Have you ever gotten your hands dirty with soil? Helped build or care for something?
It is life-changing. Visit their website for more information, and check out these other resources if you are interested: