Say hello to Seama, our October Volunteer of the Month! Seama has been volunteering at our sanctuary for four years now, regularly helping with animal care shifts, and also assisting with special events and helping train new volunteers. Seama is incredibly helpful, responsible and has such a great sense of humor. Shelter Director Alecia writes, “She is really great at everything she does, and is willing to do anything. She is awesome at training new volunteers. I love her!” Thank you, Seama, for being a longtime, completely outstanding volunteer for Heartland Farm Sanctuary! (Also, make sure you check out her P.S. at the end of this interview!)

1. What do you do in your time outside of Heartland? I like to say that all I do is sit in my basement with my anxiety-ridden cat named Cecil but I tend to keep myself busy outside of work and Heartland. I semi-enjoy semi-dread going for runs (I am signed up for the Madison Marathon, help me). Once a week I play Dungeons & Dragons and I co-plan murder mystery parties for friends. Our last theme was Great British Bake Off and our next big one will be Dungeons & Dragons. Along with the murder mysteries I like throwing themed parties and discovering new events in the area. My most recent themed party was a fairy tea party. I also co-run a beer group for women in Madison called Girls Pint Out where we plan events at local breweries and sometimes have meet ups with other chapters.

2. How did you find out about Heartland? What got you interested? When I was graduating college I knew I wanted to find a volunteer opportunity that got me outside at least for the summer as I wasn’t actively searching for jobs yet. I already had a part time job gardening so I didn’t want to spend more time doing that type of work at a CSA. After a bit of searching I found Heartland! I eventually did find a full-time job but continue to volunteer with Heartland four years later.

3. Can you describe a favorite/memorable moment or event at HFS? Once or twice all the goats and sheep have gone out without hassle and it was magnificent.

4. What is your favorite part about volunteering for HFS? I didn’t grow up with any pets (only the occasional goldfish or beta fish) so I really enjoy learning about how to take care of the different animals and what their needs are. In the future I may want to have a hobby farm and the knowledge I am gaining volunteering with Heartland will be invaluable. I also enjoy discovering everyone’s unique quirks. SO. MANY. STRONG. PERSONALITIES.

5. What do you wish other people knew about Heartland? I wish more people knew that Heartland provides a lot of hope. Some of the animals at the sanctuary come from horribly cruel and abusive situations and I wouldn’t blame them if they didn’t trust humans again but, after some time, they do. I am getting too desensitized from turning on the news and hearing about shootings or people trying to strip rights and protections from others. But when I come to the sanctuary and see that an animal who came with bruises and scars is starting to go outside, meet other animals or see kids with emotional bruises and scars form bonds with the animals I feel hope. I feel hope that there are still people that care and who will fight for rights and provide to resources for those who have less.

6. If you could adopt only one HFS animal, who would you pick and why? I would bring home Frances. He’s the opposite of my cat: chill and relaxed. I think they could get along very well and balance each other out. Or Cecil will be intensely freaked out and pee everywhere, I don’t know. We’ll see.
P.S. If you’re interested in more farm-adjacent content I post farm haikus on my Instagram (@seamajoon) about once a week featuring your Heartland faves!

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