What’s your passion? What’s your dream? We are always impressed and inspired when we find someone who seemingly “threw it all away” only to make their passion a reality. For Michelle Pruitt, reading a book by the founder of Farm Sanctuary changed her life forever and put her on the path to making her passion a reality. Michelle immediately went vegan, but wanted to do more to help abused and neglected farmed animals. Michelle and her husband Mark opened the barn doors to Uplands PEAK (People, Earth, and Animals in Kinship) in 2013 with their first residents, Andy and Annie, two brave piglets who escaped a backyard butcher and ran for their lives. A move to the appropriately named town of Freedom, Indiana in 2018 is now where Michelle and Mark along with twelve formerly farmed pigs, six goats, twelve roosters, five cows and two turkeys, make their home. Uplands PEAK is Indiana’s 1st Farmed Animal Sanctuary and offers 105+ acres of refuge for animals and people. Uplands PEAK also offers an eco-friendly cabin for its members and other visitors, and the main house on the property is home to a gift shop, education center, and community lounge. The visiting program offers educational tours to meet their rescued residents and introduce people to the realities of animal agriculture. Please enjoy our chat with this growing sanctuary dedicated to the lifelong care and liberation of formerly farmed animals. And be inspired to make your passion a reality, too!
Also, we throw back to At Home in Bloomington Episode 9, Hopscotch Coffee (and parent company of Rainbow Bakery featuring all Vegan baked goods). Honor today’s guest and take one for the team and try out veganism by diving into a Rainbow Bakery cupcake or doughnut. I dare you. And in our REAL-List segment, debunks a popular myth about mortgages – that you should avoid lenders who sell your mortgage after closing.