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The Master VEG Program

A Sustainable Approach To Food

Sponsored by Northwest VEG


The next session of the Master VEG Program is tentatively set for January 2015.
If you would like to be placed on the "interested list" to receive information on the upcoming session, please send an email to our Outreach Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at chelsea@nwveg.org.

The goal of the Master VEG Program is to provide in-depth information on a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. It is aimed at those wishing to delve into the issues of vegetarianism in greater depth. Each class in the series looks at a separate but related issue of a plant-based lifestyle, including implications for our health, the environment, social justice and our relationship with animals. A key component of the program is the service-oriented project, where attendees are expected to contribute at least 16 volunteer hours to a nonprofit organization that concerns itself with one or more of the issues discussed during the course.

Overview of the series:

  • Sessions will be held on a weekday evening from 6:00 to 8:45 pm for eight consecutive weeks.
  • Registration for the entire program is just $45 for Northwest VEG members, $55 for non members, or $25 for students and low income. Scholarships are also available. "Low-income" is self-determined, but for guidelines, we suggest using twice the federal poverty guidelines.
  • Each class will begin with an introduction from the coordinator, followed by a presentation from one or two guest speakers knowledgeable about each subject area, and concludes with group discussion.
  • There will also be two optional field trips during the 8-week period.
  • The main subject areas to be addressed include nutrition, the linkage between diet and health and chronic diseases (such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes), the environmental effects of food choices, animal treatment and animal agriculture, and information on planning a healthy diet, including a cooking demonstration.
  • Resource lists will be provided for each session, and there will be short bonus activities to be worked on between classes.
  • An essential part of the Master VEG Program certification is 16 hours of volunteer work. Course graduates agree to volunteer, putting their skills to work to help others learn more about plant-based diets or help support organizations that are working on health, animal and/or environmental issues related to plant-based food. Master VEG graduates volunteer to staff information booths at community events, do projects, write informational materials, assist at animal sanctuaries and shelter, or help out in other ways.
  • A "Master VEG" certificate will be presented upon completion of training and volunteer work.


Northwest VEG strives to ensure that our activities are fully accessible. To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations, please contact us at info@nwveg.org as early as possible so we may attempt to fulfill your request.