Master VEG Program 2015 ScheduleAll classes will be Wednesday evenings, Feb. 18 to April 8, 2015, 6:00 to 8:45 pm. There will be a snack and social period before each class from 5:40-6:00pm. The 2015 classes will be held at the Pearl District Whole Foods Market located at 1210 NW Couch St in Portland.
Week 1: Class Introduction and Plant-Based Diets as a Path to Health. February 18, 2015Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator and Peter Spendelow, Northwest VEG President
- Introduction to the program. Overview, logistics, schedules, and expectations.
- Discussion of vegan nutrition and research supporting plant-based diets
- Components of a healthy vegan diet
- Address issues such as dietary supplements and getting enough calcium, protein, B-12, Omega 3s, fat, etc
Week 2: Diet and Chronic Disease. February 25, 2015Ole Ersson, M.D.
- Diet and chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis
- A cooking introduction on How to Heal with Food.
Week 3: Food Choices and the Environment, plus Food Policy. March 4, 2015Peter Spendelow, Ph.D., Northwest VEG President
- Introduction to Ecological Footprints and food choices
- Environmental impact of plant and animal-based agriculture: water pollution, air pollution, animal agriculture and global warming, resource consumption, habitat loss, water conservation, use of toxic substances in agriculture.
- Other environmental aspects of food choices - buy local, buy seasonal, buy organic
- Food Policy.
Week 4: Animal Law and Animal Consciousness. March 11, 2015Peter Spendelow, Ph.D., Northwest VEG President
- An Introduction to Animal Consciousness and Awareness.
- Animal Law and Agriculture
Week 5: A New Species of Thought: Philosophy on the Rights of Animals, and Fish and Fishing. March 18, 2015Ramona Ilea, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Pacific University
- Philosophical Perspectives on Animals.
- Fish and Fishing - What is happening in our oceans?
Week 6: Impacts of Animal Agriculture on Humans and cooking demo. March 25, 2015Marsha Rakestraw, Certified Humane Educator
- Impacts of Animal Agriculture on Humans.
Week 7: The Lives of Farm Animals. April 1, 2015.Marsha Rakestraw, Certified Humane Educator
Dr. John and Kit Collins, owners of Out to Pasture Farm Sanctuary
Week 8: Living as a Vegan and Effective Activism. April 8, 2015.Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator and Certified Humane Educator
- Vegan Living: Traveling as a vegan, info on personal care products and cruelty free clothing, vegan pets and more.
- Effective activism and communication
- Discussion of possibilities for volunteer opportunities for serving the 16 hours needed for earning the Master VEG Certificate.
- Course wrap-up
Field trips:Ayers Creek Farm hosted by owner Anthony Boutard
When: Saturday, February 28 @ 10am-12pm
Where: 15219 Springhill Road, Gaston, Oregon (directions and map) Meet at the big, red building down the farm road.
Out to Pasture Farm Sanctuary Private tour and work party (hours will go towards MVP certificate)
When: Saturday, April 4 @ 1:00-4:00pm
Where: 33190 SE Regan Hill Rd, Estacada, OR 97023
Tour of Bob's Red Mill and dinner at Whole Grain Store
Where: 13521 Southeast Pheasant Court, Milwaukie, OR (map)