New Veg Support Group, next Vegan Dinners
American Canyon couple promotes vegan lifestyle
One of the goals of Bay Area Vegetarians is to support and connect the veg*n community, as plant-eaters are still a minority. Sometimes it can range from irritating to frustrating to daunting or even overwhelming to live in a flesh-eating world, particularly for those who are new to veg*nism or new to the area. Note: veg*n is shorthand for both vegan and vegetarian
With that in mind, we became an instant supporter of Lew’s idea to start a support group in our area. (More info about Lew and his interest in this topic below) We have some ideas about this, and would love to get your input about this, too.
13,890 leaflets, to be precise. That’s how many leaflets our volunteers distributed to individuals at Bay Area colleges in the Spring and Fall 2014 semesters, and in recent outreach at the Vallejo Farmer’s Market in October and November of this year.
We’re gardeners, planting the seeds of compassion and good health for the next crop of vegans and vegetarians.
Join us for our final outreach activity for the year — Saturday, Dec 20th at the Vallejo Farmer’s Market.
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On Saturday, October 18th, a typically sunny yet slightly cool fall morning, BAVeg launched its mobile outreach unit at the Vallejo Farmer’s Market. What is a mobile outreach unit?
Well, if you’re a budget-conscious, small non-profit, it’s a shopping cart and plank of thin wood with all the trimmings for outreach – posters, tablecloth, business cards and hundreds of leaflets from Vegan Outreach and Farm Sanctuary (Compassionate Choices, Even If You Like Meat, Why Vegan, both English and Spanish language versions, Truth about Humane Meat, Eggs, and Dairy, and, of course, holiday recipes)
- distribute information on all the awesome reasons to eat plant-strong, vegan foods
– connect and support other vegans and vegetarians, as well as the veg-curious, in the area
Given that 548 pieces of literature were distributed that morning, and we met some wonderful new veg friends, it was a successful day!
Darren, who’s initial enthusiasm for this project was key to making it happen, explained why this activity was important to him and his partner Todd. “We wanted to join because I work at Farm Rescue and see the bad side of what humans do to other sentient beings, so it is important to us that we get out there and try to educate as many people as possible to all the wonderful cruelty-free options we have , so as to avoid having to rescue and save these wonderful souls in the first place. If we leaflet, speak up, we can hopefully change even just one person, which has a big impact on your animal population and on the planet.”
We will be returning to do more vegan outreach at the Vallejo Farmer’s Market, typically on the 3rd Saturday. Please come visit us — next date is Saturday, November 15th. Volunteers are welcome, no previous experience necessary. The market runs from 9 am to 2 pm, and it would be ideal to cover its entire duration with two shifts of volunteers, say 9 am – 11:30 am, and 11:30 am to 2 pm. Interested in helping? Please contact Tammy
Vegans and vegetarians are making news in Napa and Solano county! Check out the inaugural edition of our newsletter, highlight upcoming social events for vegans, vegetarians and the veg-curious, as well as opportunities to stand up and be a voice for animals as an advocate.
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Help us plant the seeds of compassion and good health in Napa and Solano counties by sharing this information with others that live in the area, suggesting other organizations we can network and connect with, and offering your participation and leadership for activities.
Our next event
This Saturday, 11/1, as a team, “Compassion in Action” in the the Farm Sanctuary Walk for Animals. You still have time to join us, or support us with a donation. If you’ll be there, please let us know and let’s try to meetup.
The Walk for Farm Animals raises vital funds for Farm Sanctuary’s lifesaving work and brings together thousands of people to change hearts and minds about farm animals.
Introducing the team COMPASSION IN ACTION, participating in the San Francisco Walk for Farm Animals on Saturday, Nov 1st. All proceeds benefit FARM SANCTUARY, a non-profit 501(c)(3) animal sanctuary.
We would love to have you support. Please consider donating to support us by a general donation, to a specific team member, or, even better, joining our team!
We look forward to meeting up with old and new friends during this wonderful San Francisco event.