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.
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.
We’re in process with website revisions and soon you’ll be able to subscribe directly. Until then, please use our contact page to request a subscription; please provide your name, city, and email address and you’ll get the next edition straight to your inbox!
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.
Compared to the rush of leafleting during the opening week of the Fall semester, it was a quiet day on Tues, Sept 23rd at Solano Community College
Me: “Information to help animals?”
Woman: “What is this about?”
Me: “It’s information to help animals.”
Woman – takes flyer
Woman: “Is this about not eating them?”
Woman: “I eat meat” and gives flyer back
That was an atypical reaction, and from someone who was most likely a faculty or staff member. Most individuals that were approached, particularly the students, welcomed and thanked us for the information.
It’s always great when we see students halt in their tracks and read the leaflet right after receiving it. In total, 274 Vegan Outreach booklets were distributed that day . But it’s not just the numbers that matter. What made the day even more meaningful were those who paused on their way to class to chat briefly, including:
- Michelle, a young woman who is an aspiring vegan and was thrilled to receive a booklet (and hopes people are reading the literature)
- Joe, visiting the campus who was genuinely surprised by the info even though he has relatives (sister, cousin) who are veg
- Mat, Joe’s friend. who is a chef at Hilton Hotel in Sacramento and we chatted about what vegan options they have, including faux meats and cheeses
- Pam, a professor who declined a pamphlet but shared she taught Environmental Studies. So I mentioned the big climate change rally that recently happened, and she said that was one of 4 possible topics she was going to propose to her class they talk about today. I suggested she frame it in a manner of what each of them could do as individuals in their daily lives to impact the issue, as too often these problems seem so intangible. She embraced the suggestion and said she’d do it. I wonder how that discussion went.
- Joe, a vegan student who wants to leaflet (happily gave him my info)
- Wanda, a student who received a leaflet last month and started making changes, such as choosing meatless on alternating days
And one of the last exchanges that I had — a woman rushing into a building declined a pamphlet but offered instead “I’m vegan” and “I need to go teach my class now”
We love meeting other vegans. But we’re even happier to meet more folks like a young woman who was quite frank with me — she wants to be veg but her mom is reluctant. I encouraged her to research more information to allay her mom’s fears, and I gave her my contact info. I hope she writes me; there’s some solid information available supporting a plant-strong diet.
It was also great to see 6 young turkeys and 1 squirrel enjoying the beautiful lawn on the campus.
Colleges are being leafleted around the nation, and abroad. Our next college leafleting planned is Tuesday, Sept 30th at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill (event link). We’ll return next to Solano Community College on Wednesday, Oct 22nd (see the BAVeg Event calendar to confirm date and time).
Whether you have an extra 30 minutes or 2 hours, your help would be most appreciated. No previous experience is necessary, just the ability to smile, hold a leaflet, and say “Hello”.
Read more about college leafleting at Vegan Outreach’s Adopt a College website.
Adopt a College (AAC) is a program in which animal advocates hand out vegetarian pamphlets to students. AAC reaches hundreds of thousands of students who would not approach a literature table. We also leaflet high schools, concerts, or anywhere young adults can be found. Most of our leafleters are not students.