Animal sanctuaries are popping up all across America, and one of the newest comes with a pretty amazing back story. The historic Lewis Oliver Farm located in Long Island, New York started as a dairy farm around 1890. After decades as a petting zoo, local residents rallied to rescue the remaining animals, who now share their home with a motley collection of animals rescued from other meat and dairy factories as well as from circumstances of neglect and abuse. As if a dairy farm turned animal sanctuary weren’t reason enough to celebrate, hold onto your hats. This nonprofit also comes with vegan ice cream.
Friends of the Farm is the result of a community members banding together in a unified effort to protect animals, providing a place for them to live out their natural lives peacefully. The farm, situated on the north shore of Long Island, is now an idyllic home for sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and other critters for whom the future would have been uncertain.
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The farm sanctuary didn’t stop there when it comes to saving animals. Lorene Eriksen, a volunteer with Friends of the Farm who oversees the sanctuary, decided to take things one delicious step further, adding a bakery and scoop shop that serves up an array of 100-percent cruelty-free treats. Her line of cakes and vegan ice creams, branded as Sweet Anabelle’s and sporting their namesake mascot Anabella the cow, are sold on-site at the farm.
Speaking of vegan desserts, the Lewis Oliver Farm isn’t the only organization making headlines this week. Ben & Jerry’s has finally launched their long-awaited line of non-dairy ice cream flavors, comprised of four truly decadent flavors: PB & Cookies, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Coffee Caramel Fudge, and a dairy-free version of their classic Chunky Monkey. These hearty treats are made with almond milk; the Vermont-based ice cream maker has partnered with Vegan Action to ensure the new flavors are fair trade certified and free of GMO ingredients.
The synchronicity of these two awesome developments demonstrates that, despite being the “Year of the Monkey,” 2016 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for cows too.
Via One Green Planet
Images via Friends of the Farm and Ben & Jerry’s