HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Dharma Farm, an animal refuge and micro-sanctuary, hosted weekly vegan brunches to raise money.
- The funds raised go towards food and shelter for the animals.
- The brunch is also a way to teach people about plant-based meals.
- Guests are invited to interact with the animals after the meal.
The funds raised go towards food and shelter for the animals.
"The expenses aren't super high. I don't mind doing the work myself, but we can use help. We do not pay ourselves and the volunteers that help us are not paid," owner and "chef" Maria Taylor said.
The farm is home to donkeys, goats, roosters, alpacas, and even a mini cow. Kooky, one of the farm's goats, is confined to a wheelchair. Taylor said the animals are family.
"We interact with them a lot, so they're actually pretty social. They're definitely adopted members of our family," she said.
Taylor also said the brunch is a way to teach people about plant-based meals.
"The people that are already eating a plant-based diet, I hope they meet new people. For people that are just beginning on this path or are curious, I hope that they have a new interesting experience, but also tried some new food," she said.
One guest said she was excited to learn more about veganism.
"The food options were interesting. I liked that everything was vegan, and it's interesting that it's a farm and still people go out of their way to keep things vegan, but also the mini cow is exciting," guest Sheeva Shabhang said.
The menu changed weekly. Brunch is free with a $15 donation to the farm. Guests are invited to interact with the animals after the meal.