Magzalea Farm & Sanctuary started in 2002 as a Private family operated farm sanctuary. Founded and maintained for several years by the Exel Family, Mandy and Silas along with their 2 boys Isiah and Koda. As we have grown, we also found we needed to move as we outgrew our space. 3 years ago we purchased 8.6 acres with a "fixer up'er" of a house, but the land and location was perfect for our goal. A year later we were blessed with the purchase of the 84 acres next to us. We have since moved and are currently still rebuilding... We narrowed our focus on the care of handicapped, orphaned, elderly, and animals that require long term care and with special medical needs. The misfits of rescue if you will. The "unadoptables". Since that decision, we obtained 501(c)(3) non profit status and raise some funds through the sales of our all natural homemade products and through fundraisers. Still, the majority of the cost comes out of our own pockets. We certainly welcome any donations, which is the main reason for obtaining non profit status. Your generous donations will be tax deductible! We continue to look for creative ways to raise funds and share awareness.
Though we wish we could take in every animal in need, we also know our limitations. We have helped many people re-home pets, but we do not adopt out from our sanctuary. We are happy to help in any way possible for the welfare of an animal and those that fall victim to difficult life scenarios. We are always available to answer questions or help people find the answers they need for their animals, after all, its all about them!
We do allow visitors, but please, appointment only.
Meet The Board
Mandy Exel: President and Co-Founder
Mandy founded Magzalea, is the Sanctuary Manager and shovels all the poop. She makes all the products and doesnt sleep much. She's a stress case and worries incessantly over everything. Good thing she has a supportive husband, great kids and amazing friends as a support system. Mandy, grew up on a small farm in Antrim, NH and always knew she wanted the same upbringing for her kids. Always up for a challenge and a very stubborn mindset led her to devote every extra second and cent to helping animals in need. Always a misfit herself, she heard her calling from the universe loud and clear.
Silas Exel: Honorary board member and Co-Founder. He's the man who saw and supported his wife's vision. The rock. Silas devotes his time to building, wrangling, fence building, transporting, hay tossing and so much more.
Koda Exel: Farm hand extraordinaire . Koda's main focus is on the chickens, ducks and mini pigs. He helps with morning and evening feedings, water lugging and egg gathering. His dream is to be a self sufficient homesteader and potato farmer with his rescue dog and best friend Rosalie.
Betty Anders: Treasurer
Betty & Mike Anders started hanging with the Magzalea Misfits in 2014. They have a farm of their own in Rindge, NH – Rough Cut Farm, which is home to alpacas, donkeys, goats, chickens, dogs, cats and just about any other critter that finds a whole to live in on the farmyard. Betty has been in banking for 30 years and volunteers as the Treasurer for Magzalea. Betty reviews and oversees our financials as well as helping with the majority of the fundraising events.
Mike Anders: Honorary board member . Mike has been a plumber for the past 20 years and a friend and volunteer at Magzalea for 4 years. What makes him an honorary board member? - He takes orders from women well! Betty and Mike both bring valuable camelid knowledge to the table as well.
Addie Tolman: Secretary
Addie and Mandy, having been best friends for several years, has made her a part of Magzalea in many ways. She not only brings her knowledge from being a vet tech to the table but also her experience as a farmer. Addie and Aaron own Jarondie Farm in Richmond, NH. She consults and assists on the majority of the cases. She volunteers as our board secretary and maintains the meeting minutes, public relations and fundraising.
Aaron Tolman: Honorary board member. Aaron has spent many hours volunteering at Magzalea. He has helped clear land, burn brush, build, as well as helping with the animals.
Lynn Davis: Director
Lynn brings so much to the Magzalea team. She has a background with Cattle, Sheep, Goats, horses and more. She herself works hard at her own farm. Heartstone Farm in Richmond NH began in 1978 and focused on introducing children to animals. Teaching kids what was involved and how to care for them. Currently Lynn and her 2 daughters enjoy Organic gardening, raising bees and taking in an occasional wayward critter. She is at every fundraiser and always makes herself available to help. Lynn is our girl when it comes to the babies and expecting moms.
Stefanie Smith: Director
Stefanie & Jon actually met us some years back trying to rescue the same loose rooster at our local Mr. Mikes gas station! We have been great friends since. Jon & Stefanie have their own farm here in Fitzwilliam, The Sauerpatch Farm, where they raise chickens and ducks. Stefanie manages our Volunteers and volunteers herself with fundraising and she bakes some pretty fantastic dog treats!
Jon Sauer: Honorary board member. Jon is our volunteer electrician, engineer and all around handy man. He helps fix what we break and we have yet to find something he couldn't fix!