Mission and History

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Our mission is to inspire a compassionate, healthy and earth-friendly way for all beings to live together and to share our rescue farm with vulnerable people in our community so that they can experience a healing connection to others, to nature and to themselves.

Rescued pigs, Lucky Lu and Strawberry at Graze in Peace Farm Animal Rescue and Learning Center

History

In 2006, after purchasing a 13-acre dairy farm in Columbus, Wisconsin, vegan co-founders Deborah and Carl Schwink opened their doors to a trailer full of recently rescued sheep from Pennsylvania. The “Sweet Potato Farm Animal Sanctuary” was born and after a change in employment, the Schwinks relocated with all of the animals to the east coast in 2013. Today the sanctuary (now called Graze in Peace) is located in Durham, Maine and is evolving into a beautiful facility with the help of an extraordinary community of volunteers.

By giving rescued and unwanted farm animals a second chance at a good life and by offering the healing space of their farm to vulnerable people in their local community, the Schwinks hope to demonstrate the kind of world they want to live in:

a world in which the intrinsic individuality of each human and nonhuman being on this planet is recognized, and a world in which there is no cause to treat one with any less compassion or respect than the other.

Join them…