We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaitlyn Rice and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaitlyn, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
I’ve read a ton of books and none have impacted me quite like The Bible. I realize this sounds cliche, but hear me out… While I grew up Christian, I never actually read the Bible. I still have the Bible my parents gifted me in my tweens. It’s bright pink, like my hair, and has a fuzzy leopard print cover. I used to doodle the names of boys in the cover. Ha! I started reading it for the first time in December of 2019 and it’s completely transformed my life and how I operate both personally and professionally. It’s been especially vital in this season we’ve been in with Covid. One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:28 which reads, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
I have had to cling to that verse of scripture a lot. Our first full year in operation was during a pandemic, while experiencing job loss, and being faced with just about every possible challenge that could be thrown our way. It’s been my saving grace. It’s provided me a type of peace I’ve never experienced before in my life. I’m an avid reader and many books have positively impacted my life, but I routinely find myself skimming the pages and seeking guidance from God as I navigate these new, uncharted waters.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We’re a 501c3 nonprofit animal sanctuary. We rescue animals from various situations ranging from abuse to neglect to abandonment and provide lifelong care for them. Our current residents include dogs, horses, pigs, chickens, ducks, a turkey and a bunny! I’ve been involved in dog rescue since college. When I moved to LA, I had to do community service for a DUI and I chose to do it with Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue, a local dog rescue specializing in American Bulldogs. This was kind of my foray back into the rescue scene. I volunteered for several years, did some private rescue and adopted several dogs of my own. When I became vegan, I wanted to learn more about farmed animal rescue so I started volunteering with The Gentle Barn. I’d never hung out with a cow or a pig before and I quickly realized that they were no different than dogs. They had wonderful, unique personalities and they knew and felt love just as my dogs did. I made it my mission to help change the world, for them. We put the wheels in motion to start our own non-profit and bought a 13-acre farm in North Carolina. We’re less than two years in and have over 40 precious souls who call Party Farms home. It’s been far from easy, but we’ve faced each challenge head on and we’re learning as we go. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m the queen of a well-planned itinerary and also a major foodie, so buckle up and wear your best stretchy athleisure pants… we’re going on a food & fitness tour! To offset all of the amazing food we’ll be eating, we’re going to hit a mix of my favorite fitness studios and hiking adventures including but not limited to: Blazing Saddles for indoor cycling, Prevail for boxing, WundaBar for pilates, Fryman Canyon for amazing valley views, Solstice Canyon for an incredible hike in Malibu, Zuma for a quick & easy sunset hike, Lake Balboa for a stroll around my old stomping grounds, Runyan because why not and Griffith Canyon by way of Fern Dell Nature Trail, with a quick pitstop/break at the Observatory. Now, let’s get to the good stuff… LA has some of *the* best food in the world. We would hit the following, in no particular order: Erin McKenna’s for delicious pastries and sweets, Big Sugar Bakeshop for the best vegan chocolate cupcake ever, Monty’s Good Burger for their dog pile (half tots, half fries but shhhh this is a secret menu item!) + a strawberry shake, Crossroads for brunch, lunch and dinner- at least twice… for each meal (ordering one of everything on the menu is a MUST), Masa for vegan deep dish, Vromage to stock up on insane vegan cheeses, Sugar Taco for their bomb nachos, Wild Living Foods for one of everything on their menu, Shojin for vegan sushi, Locali for the world’s best breakfast sandwich, Veggie Grille to score tempura green beans and carrot cake, Sun Cafe for their raw nachos (sooo good!), O’cado for their buffalo cauliflower, Double Zero for a pepperoni pizza and a bottle of red wine and last but definitely not least, Donut Friend for a mixed dozen. I’m also one of those adults who loves Disney, so we’ll take a drive to Anaheim to hit up Disneyland + California Adventure. While there, we’ll grab a meal at the ever elusive Club 33. Then we’d go off course and take the PCH back north to soak up the beauty of the California coast.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, John. He has been my biggest supporter and motivator since day one. When I told him that I wanted to buy a farm in my hometown on the other side of the country he was down. This meant tremendous sacrifice on his part. He has been my partner in this endeavor since we got here and I truly couldn’t do this work without him. He’s also our VP and head of creative + project management for the foundation.
Other: https://www.patreon.com/partyfarms https://www.bonfire.com/store/partyfarms/