Minneapolis-based vegan shop The Herbivorous Butcher celebrated its one-year anniversary today with the announcement of its own farmed animal sanctuary, Herbivorous Acres. The non-profit organization—founded by The Herbivorous Butcher’s co-owner Aubry Walch and animal activist Marie DuCharme—is currently raising funds (with the goal of reaching $2 million) to open an approximately 100-acre plot in Minnesota. According to DuCharme, once opened, Herbivorous Acres will not only be a safe haven for rescued farm animals, but will offer visitors tiny houses for weekend rentals, vegan cooking classes, yoga classes with the animals, vegan dinner events, and more. “We are so excited that we get to join the already existing farm sanctuaries and continue the movement for animal rights,” DuCharme told VegNews. Future goals of the sanctuary include offering Community Supported Agriculture programs and constructing a humane education center. Herbivorous Acres will host a fundraising gala in the fall of 2017, and DuCharme says that plans to reach out to comedian Jon Stewart—a fan of The Herbivorous Butcher and fellow animal sanctuary founder—are in the works.
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