It’s been just over a year since The Herbivorous Butcher, the first all-vegan butcher shop in the United States, opened its doors in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Kickstarter-backed brick and mortar store was founded by siblings Aubry and Kale Walch, who envisioned opening a 1950s-inspired butcher shop that would offer classic deli sandwiches without meat or dairy. The Kickstarter was funded with a week to spare, allowing them to provide hungry customers and travelers with vegan cuts like bologna, spare ribs, sausages, and cheese like harvati, Sriracha cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella, and more. If you don’t live near Minneapolis, don’t worry — the pair plans to open several shops across the United States and Guam. Needless to say, this meat-free butcher shop has made waves and was even featured on Food Network program Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
Now that the shop is a year old, co-founder Aubry, in partnership with animal activist Marie DuCharme, has just revealed the next step in their mission to making life better for animals. The pair plan to open an animal sanctuary, called Herbivorous Acres, on an approximately 100-acre plot of land in Minnesota!
Not only will the sanctuary be a haven for rescued farm animals, Walch and DuCharme also plan to offer on-site tiny cabins for weekend rentals, vegan dinners prepared by The Herbivorous Butcher, vegan cooking classes, crop share, yoga classes, an education center, and job training as well as other services for adults and children with disabilities.
Walch and DuCharme have set a fundraising goal of $2 million in order to open Herbivorous Acres. A gala has been scheduled for fall 2017 and according to VegNews, DuCharme plans to reach out to fellow Jon Stewart, former comedian, and fellow sanctuary co-founder, in order to help raise funds.
To keep up with the progress as they work towards building a future home for rescued farm animals, click here.
If you’re interested in donating to help open Herbivorous Acres, click here.
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