The postcard-worthy property is hidden away in the sylvan hills of Litchfield, a few miles from the long-lasting city inexperienced. The arrival is lengthy and winding, with a driveway that dips and loops and ultimately opens as much as reveal a good-looking, post-and-beam barn home clad in rough-sawn pine. Once a dense forest, the land surrounding it has been cleared to create fields, pastures and paths, grazing land, a cow barn, two hen coops, and a pig barn. Next up: one other barn, a place for conferences, and an aviary on a rise overlooking the farm, to which Ronnie, a resident turkey, will hopefully relocate from his momentary quarters in the home.
This is home to the JP Farm Animal Sanctuary and its founders, husband and spouse Oscar Janssen and Lynn Printy. The couple has lived right here since 2019, quietly, busily, deliberately — and typically comically — with a menagerie (they’re fast to name them household) of animals they’ve saved from various levels of misfortune.