I spent most of January in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for work and had the incredible opportunity to also take a weekend trip to Ubud, Indonesia. I really enjoyed KL and spending time in-person with my colleagues. Here are pics of the awesome vegan eats in KL and Ubud, plus a few snaps of local sights for good measure.

Kuala Lumpur: A Melting Pot of Delicious Vegan Cuisines

Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful, sky scraper-filled city with a lot of vegan-friendly cuisine. My colleagues in KL took amazing care of me while I was there for work, and showed me some of the best local vegan eats, which most of the time were to be found in the form of sumptuous street food. Malaysian food is influenced by Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and other Asian cuisines, and it’s no wonder the country is one of the top foodie destinations worldwide.


Ondeh-Ondeh, dessert glutinous rice balls with coconut sugar syrup.


Delicious vegan Indian food in KL.


Vegan nasi lemak (image courtesy of https://rm2vegetarian.files.wordpress.com). Nasi Lemak is a staple savory Malaysian breakfast made with coconut rice, cucumbers, spicy sauce and beans. It can be made vegan by omitting the fish products and egg.


Cendol, a sweet dessert made with coconut milk and rice flour. Best enjoyed on the street.


Simple Life is one of the veg food chains in KL.


A yummy soup from Simple Life in KL.


Avillon Admiral Cove, Malaysia, where my colleagues and I went for our company teambuilding.


Tabur East hike with colleagues near Kuala Lumpur


No durian allowed! sign from lobby in hotel in Melaka, Malaysia


Batu Caves, KL, Malaysia


An “on the road” breakfast while traveling to Melaka for a work event. Featuring yummy Bao, sweet red bean paste buns with soy milk and coffee.


Vegan fruit and nut naan in Melaka, Malaysia.


A few from a KL skyscraper.


Fresh green juice and a ginger shot from La Juiceria in KL Sentral

Ubud, Indonesia

I had the opportunity to take a quick weekend trip to Ubud and I was so happy I did. I stayed at Yoga Barn, a relaxing cafe-yoga-hotel near central Ubud, and enjoyed yoga, chanting, meditation, relaxation, and delicious wholesome vegan food.




Tegallalang Rice Terraces



Vegan rice wraps from Yoga Barn in Ubud.


A restorative yoga class at Yoga Barn in Ubud.



A monkey friend in Ubud.


Raw vegan ice cream from Kokolato in Ubud. So refreshing.


Raw vegan curry from Yoga Barn in Ubud.


An iced coconut milk latte with green juice from Yoga Barn- the perfect beverages to start a day in Ubud.


A macrobiotic veggie bowl from Yoga Barn in Ubud.



A fresh coconut in Ubud.


Vegan pad thai from Bliss.


Vegan Rocket salad from Bliss in Ubud

Life Transitions And Gratitude

On a personal note, this spring has involved some life transition for me. Court and I recently ended our relationship; we’re still friends and both love you all, so please stay in touch with both of us!

A happier update: I still live in Boulder and am privileged to be frequently in the Bay Area for work. I run a local LGBTQ Tech meetup here in Boulder, and the events we put on are of course vegan-friendly. We recently put on a LGBTQ tech meetup at Twitter in Boulder, for instance, and worked with their awesome team to cater the event veg. There’s a much longer blog I could write about the intersections between queerness, veganism and tech. Now that I think about it I probably will spill some proverbial ink on this subject at some point.

In closing, thanks to you, readers, for the amazing advocacy work so many of you do for human- and non-human animals. One of my favorite things about this blog is getting to connect with incredible people like you who are changing the world. These connections motivate me to do more and help more and post more on this blog. Thank you for inspiring me. I look forward to continuing to share vegan adventures and queer vegan cuisine here and am grateful to be together on this journey.

xo, Sarah



Vegan hot dogs in Santiago, Chile.

I recently spent one month in Santiago, Chile for work. It was a unique experience to be living and working in such a vibrant and special city in South America for a significant time period. As a vegan, I knew some of what to expect from my travels in neighboring Argentina many years ago. There were definitely vegan-friendly places there. Overall, I found that Santiago is a pretty vegan-friendly city. Traditional Chilean restaurants won’t be your best friend, but there are a crop of vegan-friendly restaurants, health food stores and vegan products available in grocery chain Lider (a subsidiary of Walmart, unfortunately) to keep you fueled and happy if you’re traveling through.

If you’re interested in visiting Santiago and you’re looking for vegan eats, here’s a brief guide to the few spots that I enjoyed. Note that this isn’t comprehensive (or even close). As I was working out of my company’s office in Providencia five days per week, I primarily stuck to areas close to the office and the place I was staying near Santiago Centro.

A Few Favorite Vegan Restaurants in Santiago, Chile


Vegan Bunker

Vegan Bunker was the place I visited most often, primarily due to its proximity to my company’s office, but also because it was downright delicious. With an unabashed radical queer vegan agenda, a very affordable menu of the day with a main dish, salad, and fruit juice, plus a desert menu to live for, Vegan Bunker is an absolute must if you’re going to Santiago. Plus, it’s in a really sweet hipster neighborhood neighborhood called Barrio Italia, which is in Providencia near metro Santa Isabel, filled with small coffee shops that serve several kinds of nut milk, clothing stores, art galleries, antique shops.


One of the salads from the menu of the day at Vegan Bunker. These salads varied slightly from day to day.


Spaghetti and vegetables from the menu of the day at Vegan Bunker.


Another menu of the day main dish from Vegan Bunker. This is tofu wrapped in nori and fried, atop veggies and rice. Tempurah-like and pretty yummy.


One of the salads from menu of the day at Vegan Bunker.


One of the vegan menus of the day at Vegan Bunker. Sometimes the menu dishes were simple like this, black beans with veggies and rice, and other times were more elaborate. 


“Catpuccino” from Vegan Bunker. This was a weird  but enjoyable semi-frozen drink that had absolutely nothing to do with cappuccino other than being derived from coffee and delicious. 


Vegan Bunker menu in Santiago.


Vegan Bunker in Santiago. The menu mostly includes fast food options (burgers, hot dogs, etc.) with the menu of the day being the most healthful and varied option. 


Some of the radical artwork on the walls at Vegan Bunker. 


One of the menus of the day main dishes from Vegan Bunker-one of my favorites. Potatoes with veggie gravy, tofu and grilled veggies. 


Vegan lemon pie from Vegan Bunker. IMG_9780

Vegan Oliver from Santiago above the “vegusta” vegan meats case. 


The Oliver burger from Vegan Bunker. This was one of the most popular dishes among my non-vegan colleagues who frequently visited the Bunker with me.


“Gender is a social construction. The bathrooms are not for man or woman. They’re bathrooms.” Artwork in Vegan Bunker.

Pastelería Sinfonía del Sabor

This vegan-friendly bakery in Providencia served decadent vegan treats. My favorites were the vegan-friendly muffins.


The vegan empanadas from Pastelería Sinfonía del Sabor are delicious.

El Huerto

Frequently listed as a top vegetarian restaurant, I enjoyed the hearty salads and tofu very much.



Planta Maestra

A great chain of stores in Santiago that offer various packaged health foods. Expensive, but good choice for getting staples like vegan yoghurt, soy dogs, etc. I bought some vegan hot dogs there (pictured below) for a vegan-friendly asado at my office.


Vegan Bueras

In my opinion, their green salad with quinoa was the best vegan salad in Santiago. The asparagus soup was another lovely dish.



At the Costanera Center Mall, ZenZero offers a few flavors of delicious vegan gelato made with stevia, not sugar. Pictured here: tiramisu and hazelnut flavors.


Some additional websites that may be helpful: The vegan “gringo” survival guide to Chile, Vegan in Santiago, vegan happy cow.

Thanks for reading! xo Sarah


It’s been a few months since I’ve written a Queer Vegan Food blog post. There are several reasons for this. First, I’ve become a lot more active on my social networks. (FYI, you can catch me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter). I love the ease of sharing pictures, musings and updates and the real-time feedback we get from these platforms.

Second, my life has changed a lot since I began this blog in 2011. I’ve grown a lot in many ways since I started Queer Vegan Food; after all, I was a raw foodist when I originally started this (!). I’ve struggled at times to figure out how to adapt and evolve this blog as so much in my life changes. I’ve even considered retiring it. Is Queer Vegan Food still relevant for me? For anyone else? I’ve had this conversation a few times recently with my partner and with friends. And I keep coming back to the feeling that this blog does still feel relevant for me and (I hope) maybe for others, and it does feel like it’s still a useful space to share information, ideas, experiences and queer vegan food–at least for now.

With that, here’s some updates and a snapshot into some of the things I’ve been up to and thinking aboutthese past few months.

Celebrating My 10-Year-Veganniversary

A decade as a vegan. Wow. It’s still easy. I love Mark Hawthorne’s post about his recent vegan anniversary, saying “I’m still waiting for this to get hard.” That’s how I feel. Being vegan has only enriched and improved my life, but even if it didn’t, I’d probably still do it, because exploiting and killing animals is wrong. I’d be a vegan even if it were really difficult. Luckily, though, it’s super easy, and that’s really nice.

Settling Into Boulder, CO…And Reconnecting With The Bay Area

Boulder, CO on Queer Vegan FoodSince moving to Boulder in 2013, I have recently put down some roots in this beautiful mountain town. While finding footing in Boulder, I’ve simultaneously connected again with the SF Bay Area. Earlier this spring I started a remote job for a Bay Area-based software company that has me traveling to the Bay every few months. I love the company and my role, and I have also really enjoyed spending more time in the Bay Area.

The Bay has its share of major problems (have you read Sistah Vegan’s heartbreaking blogs recently? Check them out to get a taste of how challenging it is to live in the Bay these days) but I still think it’s a really special special place. I love visiting and getting to enjoy amazing vegan food with people like Lara Yaz, my dear friend from high school Alana, my good friend Andrea from the East Coast who lives in Berkeley, and more. Current Bay Area favorite: Shizen. Really great vegan Japanese food. I’d say just as good or even better than Shojin in LA. Pics, for reference:

Lara Yaz at Shizen in SF!

Lara Yaz at Shizen in SF!

Shizen ramen in SFVegan roll at Shizen

Seaweed Salad at Shizen in SF

Lara Yaz with yummy rolls at Zhizen

Lara Yaz with yummy rolls at Shizen in SF!

The Bay Area is near to my heart. I moved there right after college and it’s where I got my start in vegan food blogging through then-Bay Area-based but now national Vegansaurus, which adopted me in 2009 as one of their writers. It’s been an incredible journey ever since. I’ve met more amazing people through vegan blogging than I could have imaged. Shout-out to local Boulderite vegan Rachel Zurer, who edits Backpacker magazine and contributes to Vegansaurus. Rachel lives several blocks from us here in Boulder and she and her awesome vegan lawyer hubby Danny have become great friends. Vegansaurus continues to be amazing, and I am so inspired by the writers, editors and readers of the pub.

Feelings About Fishing As A Hobby

Around Boulder, many people casually fish in the creek. Seeing someone recreationally and casually torturing fish (I have no idea if they eat the fish or just throw them back…which is just as bad, of course) always puts me in a sour mood. These people usually smile at me when I pass, and sometimes say hi. I haven’t figured out what to say to these people, especially the “nice” ones. Because torturing fish is anything but nice. Can’t they just enjoy the creek without exploiting innocent creatures?

Side note: I think it’s often seen in our culture as less than “masculine” to enjoy nature (especially enjoy being alone in nature with other men) without doing something “masculine” like dominating animals to compensate. I’m clearly channeling Carol J. Adams here. Alas. Any advice for this?

Things I’m Excited To Get Into

Cuisinart on Queer Vegan Food

My mom gifted me my first Cuisinart this week and I’m so excited to use it. Any tips or recipes for me to try?

Thanks for reading. xo

As I’ve been a Boulderite for nearly two years now, it’s about time I put together a roundup of my favorite vegan eats in this town by the Rocky Mountain Front Range. Boulder is renowned for being a foodie (and beer-centric) city, but to be frank, that reputation skews heavily towards omnivorous fare. Still, there’s plenty of gems for us herbivores including two all-vegan restaurants (Native Foods and Julia’s Kitchen) and one all-vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan options (Leaf Restaurant). There are also plenty of places that do stellar vegan options.

So, without further adieu, here are my favorite vegan dishes in Boulder, CO. I highly recommend seeking them out if you’re traveling through this beautiful mountain town and are looking for a quality bite.

Kale Chips from Kitchen Next Door

Kale Chips From Kitchen Next Door Featured on Queer Vegan Food


These fried homemade kale chips are amazing. They’re just the right amount of crunchy greasy goodness to pair with a tall glass of local beer. Or not. Get a window seat in this restaurant and view the Flatiron Mountains while you munch these.

Kitchen Next Door is located at 1035 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Gluten-Free Vegan Dumplings from Zoe Ma Ma

Vegan dumplings from Zoe Ma Ma in Boulder, CO featured on Queer Vegan Food

These delicious potstickers come with a variety of dipping sauces, and are sure to please. Zoe Ma Ma is located right off Pearl St, so you can enjoy these on a nearby bench or outdoor seating area in the warmer seasons.

Zoe Ma Ma is located at 2010 10th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Beet Pierogis From Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

Beet Perogis from Leaf in Boulder

There’s plenty to enjoy on Leaf’s all-veg menu, but I have to call your attention to this rockstar dish: Beet Pierogis. The flavor combination of the sweet beet pure inside the savory outer shell plus cole slaw side is delectable.

Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant is located at 2010 16th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Make-Your-Own Veggie Bowl With Cauliflower Rice from Zeal

Veggies and tofu bowl from Zeal in Boulder

Zeal’s menu is hit-or-miss, but this customizable dish is a winner. You can customize the sauce, veg protein (tempeh or tofu) and it will taste great regardless of what you choose. The real star of this offering is the cauliflower rice (note: you can sub out for noodles or brown rice, but that’s not as innovative, IMO). The big veggies are also amazing and cooked just the right amount to retain their crunch (dare I say their zeal?)

Zeal is located at 1710 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Vegan Tempeh Burger From Shine 

Vegan tempeh burger from Shine in Boulder, CO

Shine is an entirely gluten-free restaurant, but not everything is vegan. But the vibe is the closest thing we have to Cafe Gratitude out here, so it’s worth it to sift through the menu to find the veg gems. If you go (which you should!) you’ve got to try the tempeh burger with a homemade gluten-free bun. Get it with a side salad (featured here) or sweet potato fries, and perhaps wash it down with a beer brewed in house or one of their non-alcoholic elixirs or potions.

Shine is located at 2027 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302.

Gluten-Free Vegan Cupcakes From Tee & Cakes

Vegan gluten-free cupcakes from Tee & Cakes in Boulder, CO

The best cupcakes in Boulder, CO, period. These are fluffy and sweet and come in fun flavors like Birthday Cake. They don’t always have vegan cupcakes in stock, so call ahead, but when they do, it’s magic.

Tee & Cakes is located at 1932 14th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Upstart Kombucha From Various Locations

Upstart Lemon Ginger Kombucha on Queer Vegan Food in Boulder, CO

This is the perfect booch! Just the right amount of sparkling-tangy-sweet. Grab it from Laughing Goat, Ozo, and many other places around town.

Available at: Alfalfa’s Market, Ozo, Laughing Goat and more local retailers.

The Veggie Special From Sushi Zanmai

The veggie special from Zanmai in Boulder

This is the best veg Japanese special in town: get Oshinko, avocado, cucumber, garlic, mushroom, and many other fun pieces. You can order it without the miso soup and salad, which contain animal products.

Sushi Zainmai is located at 1221 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Matcha Latte With Almond Milk and Boba From Ku Cha House of Tea

Matcha Latte With Asher Brown in Boulder, CO

The best bubble tea in Boulder! This place does tea so beautifully, and their matcha latte is a standout. Pictured here with my favorite brother Asher.

Ku Cha House of Tea is located at 1141 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Yo Amigo Taco Salad From Native Foods

Yo Amigo Taco Salad From Native Foods in Boulder, CO

Native Foods is an all-vegan chain, so you really can’t go wrong with anything here, but I’m a big fan of the Yo Amigo Taco Salad. I usually sub out tempeh for the seitan taco meat. This salad features warm tempeh (or taco meat if you don’t sub it out) atop romaine, corn, tortillas, salsa fresca and black beans topped with a savory-sweet dressing. So good.

Native Foods is located a 1675 29th Street #1272, Boulder, CO 80301

Vegan Lunch Buffet Monday At Nepal Cuisine

Nepal Cuisine Vegan Buffet in Boulder, CO featured on Queer Vegan FoodAn all-vegan Nepalese lunch buffet happens every Monday at Nepal Cuisine. If you’re in town on a Monday and can slip away to Table Mesa (just a few minutes from downtown Boulder), you’ll be very glad you did. Momos, samosas, okra dishes, and plenty of greens, plus a homemade almond milk rice pudding are all 100% vegan and the same percentage delicious.

Nepal Cuisine is located at 4720 Table Mesa Drive C100, Boulder, CO 80305

Vegan Lunch Buffet Friday At Jill’s Restaurant

Vegan Buffet At Jill's In Boulder CO

This Vegan Buffet on Fridays is amazing. It’s gourmet, extremely reasonably priced at around $14/person, and even features a complimentary glass of wine. If you want to do Fridays like a Boulderite (aka start the weekend early), mozy over to Jill’s and enjoy this. They always feature paninis, pizzas, innovative and unique salads, homemade dips and soups, gluten-free desserts and much more. Trust me, you’ll be glad you checked this out! Make a reservation in advance.

Jill’s Restaurant is located at the St. Julien Hotel 900 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Hope this list of my favorite vegan dishes helps as you plan your culinary excursions in Boulder, CO! There’s plenty of other good vegan food in Boulder, but these are my personal faves at the moment. What did I leave out on this list? 


This guest post by Dr. A Breeze Harper originally appeared on SistahVegan.com and is re-posted with permission.

Over the past week, I have directed much of my social justice work, within the Black Women’s Lives Matter movement, towards Marissa Alexander’s case. Yesterday, I went to an East Bay area meeting for Free Marissa Now. Several awesome things took place, including activists organizing to create a Berkeley to Florida caravan that will arrive on the day of Marissa’s court day at the end of January 2015.

For me, two things stand out with this case that yes, are infuriating: (1) The ridiculousness that Angela Corey, Prosecutor of Zimmerman and Dunn, is making Marissa’s life hell for protecting herself from a husband who was beating her and has done so (on record) previously; (2) It says a lot that a significant number of male, mostly white policeman and vigilantes can get away with killing Black people because a [white dominated] jury ‘naturally’ sympathizes with the defendant’s ‘negrophobia’ but; (3) a Black woman standing her ground against her abusive husband needs to “know her place” as woman in a misogynistic hetero patriarchal society and know her place as a Black person in an anti-Black society. She should “let” white racism and abusive men beat her down and never fight back. If she does not, she must be made as an example to all those other Black women (and Black transwomen, remember CeCe McDonald?) to know their place. 

See below as two of the folk from this past weekend’s Free Marissa Now East Bay area meeting, Nell and LaJuana, discuss who Marissa is. After, we took selfies of ourselves with the Free Marissa sign. We are hoping that you will take selfies of yourselves, with similar messages and signs to Free Marissa, post to your social media networks, and then have people go to the FreeMarissaNow.org link to learn more about how ALL OF US can help her be free. 


Greetings, Queer Vegan Food readers! It’s been a little while since I’ve published a blog, and I couldn’t be more excited to share today’s update with you. In this post, I’ll share a bit about the places, foods and adventures I’ve enjoyed recently, including some cool vegan products I’ve fallen in love with, activities I’m up to, and some pics from a recent trip to Iceland.

Traveling To Iceland

Perhaps the coolest thing I’ve been up to since my last post was taking a trip in late October to Iceland. I loved the trip; the scenery was gorgeous and I got in plenty of nature and hiking, and, as a vegan, was definitely able to make it work during the week I was there. I flew in to Reykjavik (there’s miraculously direct flights to the capital city of Iceland from Denver, CO–we live in Boulder, CO, so this was a breeze) and if you at least stop there before visiting other, more remote parts of the country, I’d recommend stocking up on harder to find vegan items. Here are a few pics from the trip:

Hveragerði, Iceland featured on Queer Vegan Food

Hot springs area in Hveragerði, Iceland

A hot river in Hveragerði, Iceland

A hot river in Hveragerði, Iceland. We went swimming in it!

Gullfoss in Iceland

Gullfoss, Iceland

Jökulsárlón, Iceland, about 4 1/2 hours drive from Reykjavík

Jökulsárlón, Iceland, about 4 1/2 hours drive from Reykjavík

Blue Lagoon in Iceland featured on Queer Vegan Food

Blue Lagoon in Iceland

A view of downtown Reykjavík, Iceland

A view of downtown Reykjavík, Iceland

The vegan special from Gló Restaurant in Reykjavík. A nut pate wrap, broccoli, cole slaw, hummus and cauliflower. The best meal we had in Iceland, hands down.

The vegan special from Gló Restaurant in Reykjavík. A nut pate wrap, broccoli, cole slaw, hummus and cauliflower. The best meal we had in Iceland, hands down.

A health food store in downtown Reykjavík stocked more Tofurkey than one could imagine. Perfect for stocking up if you're traveling to more remote place in Iceland.

A health food store in downtown Reykjavík stocked hella Tofurky.

The gay bar, Kiki's, was located blocks from two veg-friendly restaurants in Reykjavík.

Courtney Pool in front of the gay bar, Kiki’s, which is located blocks from several veg-friendly restaurants in Reykjavík.

A beautiful, simple meal (lentil soup, salad, and homemade bread and hummus) from Cafe Garðurinn in Reykjavík.

A beautiful, simple meal: (lentil soup, salad, and homemade bread and hummus). From Cafe Garðurinn in Reykjavík.

A typical spread of food we'd pack with us for day trips to places outside of Reykjavík. Most of these items were purchased at the health food store chain, Heilsuhúsið, and the greens were from a local big chain grocery.

A typical spread of food we’d pack with us for day trips to places outside of Reykjavík. Most of these items were purchased at the health food store chain, Heilsuhúsið, and the greens and carrots were from a local big chain grocery.

European plant milk spread

The plant milk spread at an organic grocery chain in Iceland.

Trying Great New (Or New To Me!) Vegan Products

I've been cooking with the Massel vegan bouillon a lot.

I’ve been cooking with the Massel vegan bouillon a lot.

Massel’s Vegan Boullion collection is my new favorite go-to option for steaming vegetables and making warming soups to get through the cold Boulder winter. I made a vegan chicken noodle with quinoa pasta, and love to steam broccoli with the vegetable cubes.

Rubbermaid BPA Free Shaker Bottle

I’ve been loving the Rubbermaid Shaker Bottle for bringing smoothies with me to the office. It’s BPA Free, and contains this adorable little mixer device that ensures your smoothie doesn’t get stuck to the bottom of your bottle. Brilliant.

Chao Vegan Cheese

I wrote about the launch of Chao Vegan Slices from Field Roast on Vegansaurusand now that my local Whole Foods in Boulder has Chao in stock, finally got to try them for the first time. The original is amazing on salads and stand-alone with crackers and baby carrots. Really cheese-like in texture and taste; I’m a fan!

Buying A Rice Cooker

Rice Cooker from Zojirushi on Queer Vegan FoodI’ve never owned a rice cooker before, and kept hearing about how awesome they were, so, after a lot of research, decided to invest in a high-end rice cooker. I went with the Zojirushi NS-VGC05 Micom 3-Cup (Uncooked) Electric Rice Cooker and Warmer, and have only used it a couple times, but I already really like it! It’s very convenient not to have to attend to a pot while the rice cooks, and the rice tastes great. I also appreciate the minimal cleanup needed after you’ve made a batch. I’ve made short grain brown rice and wild rice in it so far, and look forward to trying out other kinds.

Organizing Intersectional Events

My day job is doing marketing for software companies, and earlier this year, I created a group in Boulder to help promote LGBTQ diversity in tech (and diversity in tech in general).  We’ve been putting on a lot of amazing events and I’ve been so inspired by the support of so many great LGBTQ people and allies in the community. If you’re interested, you can check out what we’re doing on meetup.

Registering To Attend Vida Vegan Con

Vida Vegan Con in Austin, TX

I’m super stoked to be participating in Vida Vegan Con for the first time! I felt a rush of excitement while registering for the 2015 conference in Austin, TX. I’ll be staying at the official conference center, and hope to learn a lot from the talented presenters as well as shmooze with new and longtime vegan friends. Are you going?

Thanks for reading! xo

Visiting a goat friend at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary in Deer Trail, CO.

Visiting a goat friend last year at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary in Deer Trail, CO.

There are a lot of causes, organizations, and nonprofits out there doing amazing work for non-human animals. While many of us in the vegan/animal welfare movement know of some of the “big names” like Farm Sanctuary, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, etc., many sanctuaries doing wonderful work fly under the radar.

Some reasons why some sanctuaries become more famous than others include: geography (whether or not the sanctuary is centrally located or near a major city or hub), celebrity endorsements (or lack thereof), funding (not to be ironic given that we’re talking about places that take care of chickens, but it’s a “chicken and the egg” issue, as well; sometimes better known organizations get more funding, and then have the resources to invest in marketing/PR and become better known, etc.), marketing and PR skills of the founders or staff (again, this goes back to resources), the “quality” of the visitor facilities (do they have a guest house for high-end donors to stay in, should they want to visit? Do they have personable folks available to run the tours?) and more.

I absolutely love one particular “famous” sanctuary: Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. I’m proud that 100% of the proceeds of The Queer Vegan Food Cookbook will support WFAS now, and forever (or as long as folks wish to pick up a virtual copy). I don’t believe that sanctuaries should have to “compete” for our support; I believe in an abundance in the movement where we can support multiple organizations (including supporting in non-monetary ways such as donating our volunteer time, which is wonderful, too).

As a movement, we could do a better job with supporting sanctuaries who may not have the marketing muscle or visitor facilities or restaurant partnerships that other “better known” sanctuaries have. I believe there is room for us to concurrently support sanctuaries of all statuses, as long as we feel they are doing amazing work, are treating their human- and non-human animals well, and stand for the values we believe in.

With all this in mind, I’m thrilled to be putting the spotlight on two animal sanctuaries that are dear to me: VINE in Springfield, VT and Peaceful Prairie in Deer Trail, CO.

Pattrice Jones of VINE Sanctuary.

pattrice jones with a member of VINE Sanctuary.

Name: Veganism Is The Next Evolution (VINE) Sanctuary

Year Founded: 2000

Founders: Miriam and pattrice jones

Location: Springfield, VT

Website: http://vine.bravebirds.org/

Mission: VINE Sanctuary provides a haven for animals who have escaped or been rescued from the meat, dairy and egg industries or other abusive circumstances, such as cockfights or pigeon-shoots. Sanctuary residents include chickens, cows, ducks, doves, geese, pigeons, sheep, emus, and even a few parakeets. In addition to sheltering and advocating for animals, they conduct research and education aimed at creating systemic changes in agriculture, trade, and consumption as well as human attitudes about animals and the environment. VINE works within an ecofeminist understanding of the interconnection of all life and the intersection of all forms of oppression. Thus VINE welcomes and works to facilitate alliances among animal, environmental, and social justice activists. (Source: http://vine.bravebirds.org/about-us/)

Sharkey of VINE Sanctuary

Sharkey of VINE Sanctuary

Why I Love VINE: Since getting to know VINE, I’ve really appreciated their approach to queering vegan and animal welfare issues. Their intersectional work to support human- and non-human animals concurrently is something with which I completely agree. I love that they are queer-run, and when they have difficult decisions to make, they have them in the barn near the animals (how cool is that?).

I haven’t visited yet, but I love their adorable status updates about the sanctuary and animals on VINE’s Facebook page. I’m proud to know and support them.

Donate To VINE Sanctuary

Donate To VINE Sanctuary



Peaceful Prairie SanctuaryName: Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary

Year Founded: 1997

Founders: Michele and Chris Alley-Grubb

Location: Deer Trail, CO


Website: http://www.peacefulprairie.org/


Mission: The mission at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary is to provide a safe, loving and permanent home for rescued farmed animals – not accepted at most shelters. In addition to providing life-long care for the animals, Peaceful Prairie is dedicated to promoting vegan living as the only way to end the suffering and exploitation of animals (Source: http://www.peacefulprairie.org/about.html)


Why I Love Peaceful Prairie: After visiting Peaceful Prairie in 2013, I fell in love. Read a bit about my experience in my blog post recounting my visit. Peaceful Prairie isn’t a “glamorous” sanctuary, but the staff work tirelessly to create a loving and peaceful rescue for non-human animals. This sanctuary is also located in a very rancher-run rural part of Colorado, and the sanctuary receives threats from local farms who don’t want their animal-loving presence near their animal-killing and abusing industries. It’s a miracle that Peaceful Prairie exists, and an honor to support them.

Donate to Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary.

Donate to Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary.

Thanks so much for reading! In the comments, I’d love to hear about the sanctuaries you love and support which aren’t featured as often in the media. xo