The Raoul Wallenberg Vegan Retreat And Veganic Far
The Raoul Wallenberg Vegan Retreat and Veganic Farm
currently exists only in cyberspace. The physical facility in North Carolina has closed. It may reopen in Florida in the future. Right now it is closed except as an educational and advocacy tool on the internet. Please feel free to communicate with us regarding your concern. Sorry for the inconvenience.
The Raoul Wallenberg Vegan Retreat and Veganic Farm was a five-acre veganic farm and retreat in the mountains of Western North Carolina where the Blue Ridge, Great Smokey, and Appalachian Mountains come together.
It offered lifestyle change support for individuals and small groups seeking to transition from a meat-based to a plant-based, vegan diet. It had Vegan Cooking Lessons, an Education Program, a Wellness Program, Hiking, Meditation, interaction with farm animals, sightseeing in the surrounding area, and other activities.
A vegan diet has been demonstrated to prevent and reverse heart disease, prevent and treat cancer, and prevent and reverse diabetes. A plant-based diet is sustainable globally versus the meat-based diet, which is a major contributing factor to climate change. The meat based diet is vastly wasteful of scarce resources. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef, but only 25 to produce a pound of wheat.
Animals raised for food are the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions according to the Untied Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reports. Methane from livestock production traps heat in the atmosphere 25 times more effectively than carbon dioxide from transportation. In addition, livestock production is one of the largest sources of environmental pollution in the developed world. Animals raised for food in the United States produce 130 times more excrement than the entire population does (86,000 pounds per second), but without the sewage system. Runoff from factory farms pollutes rivers and lakes more thatn all other industrial sources combined. Factory farmed animals lead lives of misery and are slaughtered in horrific ways that would appall any compassionate person.
The Veganic Farm followed many of the same protocols as Organic farming, but goes a step further in that it does not use manures or other animal by-products from factory farms or slaughterhouses as Organic farming does. It relies on crop rotation, and creative use of green manures and veganic compost for soil fertility. For pest management it relies heavily on soaps and ashes rather than the toxic poison pesticides of conventional agriculture, and the natural toxic poisons that Organic agriculture uses. Veganic requires the same certification process as Organic, as well as other worldwide options.
The farm promised production of assorted Veganic Heirloom Tomatoes, Veganic Rabbiteye Blueberries (Tifblue, Climax and Power Blue - early, mid-season, and late), Veganic Lingonberries, Veganic Asparagus, Veganic Heirloom Apples, Veganic Asian Pears, Veganic Pawpaws, Veganic Three Sisters corn, pole beans and squash planted in the Native American tradition, and other assorted veganic vegetables, and veganic salad greens. The No Till method of cultivation is used to insure the least disturbance of the soil, which is teaming with life. A Hoop House was used to reduce the risk of pests and disease to the most vulnerable crops.