206: Peepal Farm
with Robin Singh
Peepal farm is a stray animal rescue, vegan organic farm, low-impact farmstay and a small scale social enterprise. The farm is located in a small village near Charamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India and has provided a home for injured, stray animals to recover.
In this episode, founder Robin Singh tells how the dairy industry in India has unintentionally caused major distress to the sacred cow. Robin shares what him and his team at Peepal have done to try and minimize animal cruelty, educate the public, and contribute towards a better world for all.
Watch this: https://youtu.be/2CBjH8WCCZg
Story of Milk: https://peepalfarm.org/storyofmilk
More about Peepal Farm:
"We are a group of people with a common goal; to live in a way that we cause minimum harm, and live to do maximum good work. It's our understanding that physical pain is objectively bad. So for us, reducing pain, and nurturing changes that reduce pain is an objective good."
"Peepal Farm is a stray animal rescue, a no-till organic farm, and a women-powered small scale social enterprise. It started out as a home that we built with space for injured stray animals to heal & be heard, for people who wanted to help, and for us to be able to organically farm, while reducing our harm. Instead of putting in a swimming pool, we built a cow shed. Instead of media room, we have a clinic. Instead of having master bedrooms, we made rooms for those who want to come here and experience a simple, sustainable and purposeful life."
"We started constructing the place on December 9, 2014 in a small village near Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh and were operational by August 2015."
"We started doing good as we believed in doing the right thing. We have observed that doing good is not only good in that sense, but also feels great."
Our clinic and recovery center is a safe space for injured animals to heal. We also do spay & neuter of stray dogs. Other than that we run a "treat on street" program for animals that can't be brought in for any reason.
Our farm is largely a big experiment for us to learn how we can grow food in a low impact way. We grow a lot of our own food, which passes straight from farm to kitchen, and purchase the bulk of the rest locally.
Products We only sell what we grow or procure for ourselves, or what we make for ourselves in our kitchen. All our products are vegan and carry a message about what we do and why we do it. Selling products helps us get the word out about our work and expose more people to veganism.
Farmstay Our farmstay gives people an opportunity to spend time with dogs, cows, and mules, and to experience farm life. It gives non-vegans a taste of the vegan life and lets them experience how their body feels on a vegan diet, and it gives vegans a sanctuary for a few days where they are surrounded only by people who want to help animals.
We live and advocate a holistic and well-rounded life, using the internet as a tool to spread a message and do good work. We believe in, "Use, don't get used." We produce and promote media for changing perspectives and behaviors, and then put down our laptops and phones to make meaningful connections with people, animals, and nature."