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5th Annual Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Medical Conference
September 26, 2014
On Friday, September 26, Northwest VEG and Adventist Medical Center will host the 5th annual Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Professional Conference. Join us at a NEW location, the Oregon Ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center, for this groundbreaking conference that is aimed at doctors, nurses, dietitians, naturopaths, and all other health professionals who would like to find out the latest information about plant-based diets with respect to clinical nutrition, chronic disease prevention and control, and designing an optimum plant-based diet. 6.25 Continuing Education Credits will be provided for health professionals and a gourmet plant-based lunch will also be featured.
More information and registration is available at nwveg.org/health_conference.
This year's faculty includes:
  • Joel Fuhrman, MD Combating Hunger and Obesity with a High Nutrient Dense Diet
    Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author, nutritional researcher and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing.

    Click here to read more.
Cowspiracy Attempts to Change the Climate Change Debate
August 9, 2014
The new crowd-funded documentary, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, about the impacts of animal agriculture on the environment, premiered in Portland on July 24th at Cinema 21 theater, to a large and receptive crowd. .

In trying to find out why some mainstream environmental organizations have been slow to take action on these impacts, co-producers Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn encounter a wealth of data to challenge the acceptability of raising animals for food. Did you miss the Portland premiere? No problem! You can see Cowspiracy and meet the star and co-producer, Kip Anderson, in our NEW film room at Portland VegFest this September 27 and 28 at the Oregon Convention Center!

Here is the post-film Q&A with the producers at Cinema 21 following the Portland premiere:
Oyster Mushroom and Baby Bok Choy Curry
August 7, 2014
As seen in Paleo Vegan: Plant-Based Primal Recipes by Portland VegFest 2014 presenters Ellen Jaffe Jones and Alan Roettinger.

12 ounces firm tofu, cut into cubes (optional)
1 T low sodium tamari (optional)
1 pound oyster mushrooms

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10th Anniversary Portland VegFest!
August 5, 2014

Join us September 27 & 28 at the Oregon Convention Center as we celebrate 10 years of Portland VegFest! This low-cost, fun and food-filled event welcomes everyone!

Portland VegFest 2014 will feature:
  • 100s of Free Foods to Sample!
  • Exciting Speakers including Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Ellen Jaffe Jones and many more!
  • Cooking Demos from Fran Costigan, Alan Rottinger, Tayla Lutzger and more!
  • Ask the Experts Table
  • Children and Teen Activities including a Super Hero themed photo booth!
NEW this year!
  • Expanded exhibit hall with even more of your favorite and soon-to-be favorite foods, restaurants, non-profits and other businesses!
  • Fitness area with demos and classes!
  • Fashion and Beauty area!
  • Mini farmers market!

$8 admission/day. Kids 12 and under free. $5 for students and seniors with valid ID.
Look for $1 off coupon in our ads!

Volunteer for Portland VegFest and receive Free Admission!
More than 400 volunteers are needed to help make Northwest VEG's 10th Annual Portland VegFest a success. Every 3 hour shift you do during the weekend earns you an entry into our special volunteer raffle! Please contact Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG's Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@nwveg.org for details.

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Upcoming Health Conference: Share with your Doctor!
August 4, 2014
Join Northwest VEG and Adventist Medical on September 26 at the Oregon Convention Center for the 5th annual Enhancing Health with Plant-based Nutrition Medical Conference.

We all know that medical doctors get very little nutrition training, but good nutrition can be key to preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many other chronic illnesses. That message is now getting out, and this year Kaiser Permanente and Legacy Health have both signed on as supporters of Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition, the professional health conference sponsored by Northwest VEG and Adventist Health.

This year, Joel Fuhrman, MD, author of Eat to Live and The End of Diabetes will be the conference keynote speaker, joining five other diet and nutrition experts from around the country in presenting the latest information on plant-based nutrition. The conference is aimed at health care professionals, including nurses, dietitians, and health coaches as well as doctors, but other are welcome to attend. 6.25 Continuing Education Credits will be provided for health professionals. Help us get the word out by sharing this information so that others will know of this great opportunity for inexpensive continuing education credits. Registration is now open!

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanne Schultz
August 4, 2014
We met Jeanne in our Master VEG Program in 2011 and since then have really enjoyed her involvement and support of Northwest VEG. We are especially excited that Jeanne is organizing a NEW quarterly NW VEG Gresham Potluck starting this October! Read on to find out more...

1. How long have you been veg and why?
I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian (with the occasional seafood) for over 25 years, before adopting an all plant-based diet in 2011.

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Time to sign up for your fall CSA!
August 3, 2014
Think you missed out on a CSA? It’s not too late to become a member of a Community Supported Agriculture farm and receive local, sustainably grown vegetables each week through the fall and winter. Our friends the Portland Area CSA Coalition will help you find your farmer at www.portlandcsa.org.
Fascinating Q&A with VegFest Speaker Ed Begley, Jr.
August 3, 2014
By R. J. Dannemiller, Contributing Writer

1. When and what caused you to become an environmentalist and eco-activist?
Growing up in smoggy L.A. for 20 years. After 2 decades of difficulty breathing that foul air, I got motivated by the first Earth Day in 1970. I started recycling, composting, riding my bike & taking public transportation. And, most importantly, I became a vegetarian.

2. What has your activism encompassed over the years?

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Be A Part of Portland VegFest 2014!
July 8, 2014
Did you know that volunteering for just one 3-hour shift at VegFest earns you free admission to BOTH days of Portland VegFest?! There is something for everyone and kids are welcome!
  • Help with set-up at the Convention Center on Friday September 26. Shifts are 7:30am-11:30am, 9am-1pm, 12:30-4:30pm and 4-8pm.
  • Volunteer on Saturday and Sunday September 27 and 28 to assist with morning setup, nightly cleanup, registration, assisting at the Northwest VEG information/membership booth (tabling experience preferred), giving out samples for companies that could not personally attend, working at a recycling station, assisting in the chef demo rooms or in the kids area. Shifts are generally three hours long beginning around 9:30am, 12:15pm, and 3pm.
Volunteering for just one 3-hour shift during VegFest earns you FREE admission to BOTH days of Portland VegFest and if you volunteer for more than 6 hours in a day you will get a free meal voucher. We will also be doing a special raffle of over 20 awesome prizes from our speakers and supporters. You will get an raffle entry for each 3 hour shift you volunteer and recycling shifts are worth double!

There are also several LARGER volunteer roles available! We are currently looking for supervisors for our classrooms, samples area and kids/teen area. Check out our full list of VegFest volunteer opportunities here or email Chelsea Davis at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.
Recipe of the Month: Lettuce Wraps with Tofu and Mushrooms
July 8, 2014
By Kimberly Garrett, founder of Eating 2 Heal and Portland VegFest volunteer

This Asian style recipe is wonderfully pleasing to the palate with the sweet and spicy peanut sauce (and my “secret ingredient”), satisfying to your stomach with its hearty tofu and mushrooms, and exquisitely filled will micronutrient antioxidants from the garlic, ginger, and veggies. There are other fun options instead of lettuce wraps such as making this recipe into a bento bowl by adding extra rice or make it into a salad by adding chopped cabbage and/or lettuce!

There are three components to this recipe but it is easy to prepare because you can prep the fresh veggies and peanut sauce while the tofu & mushrooms are cooking.

Tofu and Mushrooms
1 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
2 cloves Garlic (minced)

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Health Conference Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Kent Thornburg
July 3, 2014
Kent L. Thornburg, Ph.D will be speaking on Uncovering the Roots of Disease: Epigenetics and Diet at this year's Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Medical Conference on September 26 at the Oregon Convention Center. Click here for more information and to register.

Kent L. Thornburg received his Ph.D. in developmental physiology and studied cardiovascular physiology as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health & Science University. He is M. Lowell Edwards Chair, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for Developmental Health at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute, and Director of the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness.

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When Others Just Don't Get It
July 3, 2014
Reprinted with kind permission by The Vegan Next Door's Sarah Taylor, author of Vegan in 30 Days and Vegetarian to Vegan and former VP of Training and Education for Dr Joel Fuhrman’s Nutritional Excellence, LLC.

I gave a speech at a conference once that was mainly composed of vegetarians and vegans. A woman approached me afterward with a serious scowl on her face. She said, “Sarah, I really loved your speech. Thank you so much for coming. I have a question for you: I’ve been vegan for 3 years now, but when I try to tell people that they had better change to a vegan diet because they’re going to kill themselves eating all that fast food and crap that they eat, and that they are contributing to the deaths of innocent little animals and the destruction of our planet, I can’t get anyone to listen!"

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5th Annual Race for the Animals Success!
July 3, 2014
Northwest VEG would like to extend a huge thank you to all involved with this year's 5th annual Race for the Animals. On June 28th, 286 energetic participants and nearly 100 dedicated volunteers came together to support Northwest VEG and Green Acres Farm Sanctuary! It turned out to be the perfect day to explore beautiful Mt. Tabor and enjoy a late morning picnic with new and old friends alike. Check out official results from Eclectic Edge Racing and photos from this year's Race for the Animals on our Facebook Page. Do you have photos from the race? Please send them to Chelsea Davis at chelsea@nwveg.org.

We are so thankful for our generous supporters and donors who supplied us with graphic design work, drinks, treats, prizes and free massages at this year's Race for the Animals. Thank you to Jayme Burch LMT with Take 15, Jenny Frank, Dave's Killer Bread, Crofter's Organic, Organically Grown Company, Lilly's Hummus, Nākd Bars, Thunderbird Energetica, Lundberg Family Farms, Grizzlies Brand, gardenbar, Earnest Eats, Renee's Cafe, Artisana, Happy Camper's Gluten Free, Coco Hydro, and Natural Grocers.
If you are interested in supporting or donating to the Race for the Animals 2015, please contact us at race@nwveg.org.
Race for the Animals Perfect Playlist on 94/7 Alternative Portland!
June 19, 2014
On June 16, Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator and Karen Brokken, volunteer extraordinaire, joined DJ Gustav in the KNRK studio to share their Perfect Playlist and talk about Northwest VEG's 5th Annual Race for the Animals.

Click here to listen!
Thank You for Celebrating with Us!
June 2, 2014
The Northwest VEG board and employees would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who attended and supported our 10th Anniversary Celebration on May 16th! It was a wonderful evening of food, friends, music by Rob and Nancy Downie of Heartstrings, inspiring presentations from Northwest VEG board President Peter Spendelow, and Michael A. Webermann, Executive Director of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM). Donna Benjamin led us in reminiscing, looking to the future, and in thanks; while Stephanie Routh led us to donate and committed herself to veganism in thanks for your donations and raffle ticket purchases of over $7,000!
Be sure to check out the wonderful photos on our Facebook page and add your own.
And a big thank you to our wonderful food and raffle prize providers: the (vegan) caterer, Sweetpea Baking Co., So Delicious Dairy Free, Back to Eden Bakery, Missionary Chocolates, Portland Nursery, Cherokee Rose Inn, Herbivore Clothing, Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ, The Blissful and Fit Chef, A.N.D Cafe, Personal Beast, Blossoming Lotus, Eclectic Massage NW, The Parlour St. Johns, Thrive Magazine, Sweet Lemon Vegan Bistro, Mirador Kitchen and Home, Red and Black Cafe, Mom's Vegan Kitchen, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, Tara & Barnet Love, co-founders of Portland’s fun publication ZippityNews, and VegListings, Masala Pop, Get Waisted Northwest

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Be the Face of Northwest VEG!
June 2, 2014
Table for Northwest VEG!
Volunteers are needed to help staff the Northwest VEG table at the following upcoming Portland events. New volunteers are welcomed and will be paired with an experienced volunteer.
Please email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.
Saturday, June 21 @ Hollywood Farmers Market (NE Hancock between 44th & 45th Avenues., Portland)
Shifts: 7:30-10:30, 10:15-1:15
Tuesday, June 24 @ OHSU Farmers Market (Courtyard near the Mackenzie Hall Fountain, OHSU, Portland)
Shifts: 9:30-12, 11:45-2:15
Saturday, August 9 @ 2014 Alberta Street Fair (NE Alberta St. between NE 11th & NE 30th Avenues, Portland)
Shifts: 10:30-2:30, 2:15-6:15
For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities with Northwest VEG click here.

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Race for the Animals is This Month!
June 2, 2014
We are just a few weeks away from the Race for the Animals and we hope you are getting as excited as we are! Join us on Saturday, June 28 for our 5th annual 5K/10K trail fun run/walk on Mt Tabor, an extinct volcano in the middle of beautiful Portland. People of all ages and abilities are welcomed. Together, let's raise some funds for Northwest VEG and Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, enjoy beautiful scenery and friends all the while making a difference for the animals, the planet and your health! Small prizes will be given to the participant with the best costume and the first female and male finishers in each age group (18 and under, 19-35, 36-50, 51 and over)! Stay after the race for a FREE 10 minute massage and indulge in a delicious picnic featuring treats from Sweetpea, Lilly's Hummus, Cool Cups, gardenbar, Thunderbird, Nakd, Absolutely Juicy, Grizzlies Granola, Follow Your Heart, Lundberg and much more!
Click here for more info and to REGISTER!

Running not your thing? You can also walk or join the fun as a volunteer! Volunteers receive a FREE race shirt, morning beverages and are entered into a special raffle.

Interested in volunteering or donating to our picnic? Contact us at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.

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The Ghosts in Our Machine Portland Premiere
June 2, 2014
Join Food Fight Vegan Grocery and NW Hunt Saboteurs as they present the Portland premiere of The Ghosts in Our Machine at the Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton, Portland) this Sunday, June 8 @ 7 pm.

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Recipe of the Month: Tortilla Soup
June 2, 2014
By Sharon Palmer, RD., author of Plant-Powered For Life. Meet her this September 26-28 at our Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Conference and Portland VegFest 2014.

A traditional Mexican dish, tortilla soup is a spicy blend of tomatoes, vegetables, and crisp tortilla strips. This easy plant-powered version—you can whip it up in no time— throws protein-rich black beans into the mix.

Tortilla Strips
Three 6-inch (15 cm) corn tortillas
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon chili powder
One 15-ounce (425 g) can black beans, with liquid (or 1¾ cups cooked, with ½ cup water)

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Improving Male Fertility: Research Suggests a Nutrient-Dense Diet May Play an Integral Role
June 1, 2014
By Sharon Palmer, RD., Speaker at the upcoming Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Conference and Portland VegFest this September 26-28.

"The foods and dietary patterns that show promise for improved fertility—omega-3–rich foods, fruits, vegetables, essential micronutrients, healthy fats, and prudent diet patterns—also are those we recommend for better health and disease risk reduction. The diet that’s good for conception also is the same diet that’s good for helping ensure that the father is around to raise his children, too."

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