Supporting Portland's Vegan, Vegetarian, and Veg-curious Community

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Northwest VEG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Portland, OR that works to educate and encourage people to make vegan choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.
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Welcome to our new business member, Vegan Fusion!

April 4, 2015

Vegan Fusion has several upcoming classes scheduled in Portland. Northwest VEG members get 10% off! For more info on how to become a Northwest VEG member, click here. For more info on Vegan Fusion, please read on!
Vegan Fusion promotes the many benefits of vegan cuisine for our health and for the preservation of our planet, and to create a more peaceful world by teaching others how to prepare stellar vegan cuisine. We offer culinary workshops and trainings internationally and online.

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Backyard Chickens: Expanding Our Understanding of 'Harm'

April 2, 2015

By Robert Grillo, founder and director of Free from Harm and Portland VegFest 2015 speaker.

Our Unexamined Prejudice about Backyard Chickens
The first question we get from people who meet our rescued chickens is "do they lay eggs?" Laying eggs is clearly what defines them for most people. Even otherwise well-informed people are under the spell of contrived and false "egg industry" perceptions of chickens.
We often get asked, "what is the harm of eating the eggs of backyard chickens who will just lay them anyway?" In fact, many chicken keepers claim that they have a "symbiotic" relationship with their hens. In exchange for good treatment, they see their "reward" as the eggs that their chickens lay. Sounds like a "win-win," but we will see later in detail why this logic does not pan out. In order to fully understand our impact on these birds, we must look way beyond treatment.

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Volunteer with us for Earth Day and More!

April 2, 2015

Volunteers are needed to help table at a number of great community event. Tabling is a lot of fun and entails talking with interested attendees about a plant-based lifestyle and Northwest VEG offerings (including our classes, potlucks, presentations and more); handing out literature; directing attendees to additional resources and recipes as necessary; and generally putting a positive face to a compassionate lifestyle. We are also looking for volunteers to leaflet at both of the Earth Day events!
New volunteers are welcomed and will be paired with an experienced volunteer and given training materials beforehand.
Please email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.

PSU Earth Day Fair 2015
Where: Park Blocks at PSU
When: Wednesday, April 22
Tabling shifts: 10:30am-1pm, 12:45-3:15pm
Leafleting shifts 11am-1pm, 1-3pm

Portland Earth Day 2015
Where: Normandale Park (NE 57 Ave/Halsey)
When: Saturday, April 25
Tabling shifts: 9:15am-12:15pm, 12-3pm, 2:45-5:15pm
Leafleting shifts: 10am-12:30pm, 12-2:30pm, 2-4:30pm

Women's Works Fair
Where: Adventist Medical Center (10123 SE Market Street Portland, OR)
When: Sunday, April 26
Tabling shift: 11:30am-3pm

Recipe of the Month: Pickled Cauliflower with Meyer Lemon & Coriander Seeds

April 2, 2015

What do you do when you are the presenter at a NW VEG potluck, but a windstorm knocks out power? You wing it! And that's exactly what Jess Scone did at our last Portland potluck. With the sun setting, Jess was still able to give us a great demonstration on making pickles (including the recipe below) and virgin Bloody Mary's. The only thing is that her lovingly-created presentation slides couldn't be shown. But never fear, you can view her wonderful presentation slides here and read all about her unforgettable experience on her blog by clicking here.

Ingredients:
2 heads (any color) cauliflower, broken into small florets
2 cups water
1.5 cups white vinegar

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New Dietary Guidelines: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Confusing

March 3, 2015


Reprinted with permission by Dr Neal Barnard, doctor, author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

On February 19, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its report on what Americans should eat. When finalized, the Guidelines will be the basis for all federal programs, including school lunches. And the report is a huge step forward in several ways:

1. The report singled out vegetarian diets as one of three healthful diet patterns. The other two healthy patterns were the Mediterranean diet and the "Healthy U.S.-style Pattern." Vegetarian diets reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and other health problems and have gained greater prominence in each new edition of the Guidelines.

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Meet Our New Staff!

March 3, 2015

Melissa Chavez, Events/VegFest Coordinator. Portland is the best town for vegans that I've lived in or visited. After spending my first 6 years as a vegan without a like-minded network, the vegan community I met at a Food Fight potluck back in 2007 completely changed me, and I got involved supporting more businesses, attending more events like Portland VegFest, and then helped organize the first two Vegan Iron Chef competitions in town. As a community organizer who has worked the last 5 years in the tech and nonprofit worlds on conferences, I'm excited to now be working with Northwest VEG on their mission to promote plant-based eating and a vegan lifestyle.

Laurie Bradley. I am thrilled to work with Northwest VEG this spring to coordinate recruitment of sponsors and exhibitors for VegFest 2015. have been blessed enough to follow my passion for animal rights over the years and volunteered for campaigns with many organizations including being a board member for HSUS Oregon Political Action Committee and ODOG (Oregon Defenders of Greyhounds). Before joining Northwest VEG, I most recently worked for VegNews Magazine as the West Coast Sales Manager for the past 11 years and prior to that I was the Pacific NW spokesperson for IDA (In Defense of Animals) for three years.

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VEG Community Updates!

March 2, 2015

New Raw Cleansing Book: We are so excited to announce that former Northwest VEG board member, Kathy Peterman, RN, has just released her first e-book, Raw Cleansing As A Pathway to Health. It has 60+ custom cleanse recipes, shopping lists, 90 gorgeous photos, food prep videos, and 200+ links to various resources! Her e-book and tons of other great information is available on her blog, The 3rd Chapter.

Get Growing: Need advice? NW VEG has a veganic gardening info page, plus a veganic discussion group you are welcome to join, featuring lots of seasoned planters to answer questions, share tips & plants, and host garden gatherings. You could be eating fresh greens from your own veganic garden in just weeks if you start now. Our warm, dry winter has left soil in prime condition for planting early crops, including fast-growing Asian greens, cresses, arugula, parsley, spinach, peas, favas, and other veggies tolerant of light frosts. Seeds are good to go, but if you are buying nursery starts, they may be coming out of warm greenhouses and do better if slowly introduced into the garden, for longer periods each day.

Get Needled for Cats: For the months of March and April, NW VEG Business Member, Portland Family Acupuncture, is offering free acupuncture sessions with a donation of $25 or more to benefit the House of Dreams Cat Shelter. To make an appointment, call Genevieve at 503-440-2942 or email her at genevegan@hotmail.com.

Veg Classes with Food Samples

March 1, 2015


Learn the basics of plant-based cooking and living in a friendly, casual, and supportive atmosphere! Our popular VEG 101 classes for vegetarian/vegan beginners start again on Sunday, March 15. This is a 6-week series, featuring both a lecture and a cooking demonstration (with samples) each week. The cooking demonstrations include grains, legumes, tofu, tempeh, seitan, and more. The lectures provide an excellent grounding in topics such as health, nutrition, factory farming, environmental impact, and other related subjects.

These classes are very affordable - just $55 for the entire series, including the food, ($10 off for NWVEG members), or just $25 for low income.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register, please visit nwveg.org/veg101

Help us Make a Movie!

February 28, 2015

We are excited to announce we are making a documentary and we need your support! The movie will explore the lives and stories of everyday people in our communities who share a common thread - they're all vegan. There are a number of great movies focusing on why to go vegan or featuring people new to veganism, but we want to spotlight how everyday vegans live their lives and how accessible the vegan lifestyle really is.

The movie is not only about the community, it is being created by the community! We are looking for stories to feature in the movie, so please consider submitting your story and supporting the project by making a tax-deductible donation.

Please check out VeganMovie.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Recipe of the Month: Beet Soup with Lemon Dill Sour Cream

February 17, 2015

by Genevieve Johnson, L.Ac., acupuncturist and herbalist and March Vancouver potluck speaker.

3-4 Beets
1 Sweet Potato
1 Potato

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Master VEG Starts In A Few Days!

February 14, 2015

The next session of the Master VEG Program, beginning Wednesday, February 18, 2015, will be held at the Pearl District Whole Foods Market (1210 NW Couch St., Portland). Registration is now open for this action-packed eight-week program that will provide you with in-depth information on a healthy, environmentally-sustainable plant-based diet. Presentations will cover plant-based nutrition, the link between diet and chronic disease prevention, the environmental impacts of the foods we grow and eat, the lives of farm animals, animal rights/welfare philosophies as well as arm you with the tools you need to answer the tough questions about plant-based diets.

A key component of the program is the service-oriented project, where attendees are expected to contribute at least 16 volunteer hours to Northwest VEG or another nonprofit organization that concerns itself with one or more of the issues discussed during the course. See nwveg.org/mvp for details and to register.

Dr. Ramona Ilea (pictured right) is an assistant professor of philosophy at Pacific University, Oregon. She teaches a semester-long "Animal Ethics" class, as well as classes on biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, and theoretical ethics. Read more about the MVP presenters.

How strong is the link between eating more whole grains and longevity?

February 7, 2015

By Lani Muelrath, M.A., author of the upcoming book, The Plant-Based Journey: A Step-by-Step Guide To Transitioning To a Healthy Lifestyle and Your Ideal Weight. Northwest VEG Thymes will be having a book giveaway in September so stay tuned!

In January, a new report by the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine exploded on the health news scene with more news about the benefits of eating whole grains.
News about easy weight management, longevity, reduced disease, increased vitality, and environmental impact as the benefits of plant-based living inundate my desk each day. Here’s more good news to add to your growing arsenal of good news about eating whole plant foods.

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Master VEG Starts this Month with New Speakers!

February 7, 2015

The next session of the Master VEG Program, beginning Wednesday, February 18, 2015, will be held at the Pearl District Whole Foods Market (1210 NW Couch St., Portland). Registration is now open for this action-packed eight-week program that will provide you with in-depth information on a healthy, environmentally-sustainable plant-based diet. Presentations will cover plant-based nutrition, the link between diet and chronic disease prevention, the environmental impacts of the foods we grow and eat, the lives of farm animals, animal rights/welfare philosophies, as well as arm you with the tools you need to answer the tough questions you get from friends and family about vegan living. See nwveg.org/mvp for details and to register.

We are excited to welcome a few new speakers this session including Daniel Redwood, DC, who is the Director of the Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine program at the University of Western States. A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, he also holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Redwood practiced chiropractic full-time for 26 years in Washington, D.C., and Virginia Beach, Virginia, with a strong emphasis on nutrition and acupuncture. During the eight years before he joined the University of Western States in 2014, he was a professor at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, where he taught clinical nutrition and chiropractic principles and practice, while also supervising student interns and serving as editor-in-chief of Health Insights Today. In addition, Dr. Redwood is a successful medical author and singer-songwriter whose most recent recording is the animal rights album, Songs for Animals, People and the Earth

Click here to read more about Dr. Redwood and our other MVP presenters. See nwveg.org/mvp for other details and to register.

Recipe of the Month: Mandala Salad with Nuts & Seeds

February 7, 2015

By Kathy Peterman, R.N., author of the blog The 3rd Chapter and the upcoming book, Raw Cleansing As a Pathway to Health. Hear more from Kathy on raw cleansing and more at this month's Vancouver potluck on Thursday, February 26.

This is a simple recipe, but when I have guests over they love it and frequently want the recipe. You can easily use the fresh ingredients you have on hand and this simple dressing to make a yummy salad that will compliment any meal or to have solo as your meal.

Mandala Salad with Nuts & Seeds
1 head of red leaf lettuce
1/4 head of purple cabbage

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Volunteer with Northwest VEG!

February 7, 2015

It may seem too early to think about it, but we're already planning Portland VegFest 2015! We are looking for volunteers to help us plan the Fitness area, Fashion & Beauty area, plan and execute Advertising and Public Relations, or help recruit Sponsors and Exhibitors. Monthly planning meetings are the second Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm. Please email Bonnie at vegfest@nwveg.org for more information.

We are also looking for some energetic volunteers to help staff the Northwest VEG table at 2 upcoming events. New volunteers are welcome and will be paired with an experienced volunteer. Email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.

Fix-It Fair
Where: David Douglas High School (1001 SE 135th Ave., Portland)
When: Saturday, February 21
Shifts: 9:15-12:15, 12-3:15

A Delicious Fair of the Heart
Where: Adventist Medical Center (10123 SE Market Street Portland, OR)
When: Sunday, February 23
Shifts: 12:45-3:15

Oregon Humane Lobby Day

February 7, 2015

Meeting with your state legislators can seem scary -- but don't stress, HSUS has got you covered! Join HSUS Oregon State Director Scott Beckstead and other animal advocates this Thursday, February 12 for Oregon Humane Lobby Day at the United First Methodist Church (600 State St., in Salem). You'll be provided with tips for citizen lobbying and an overview of pending animal legislation. Then, you'll get to meet directly with your elected officials to discuss legislation that could significantly impact the lives of animals.

This is a huge opportunity to make a difference for animals in YOUR home state, and Northwest VEG hopes to see you there. A RSVP is required. You can still register by directly emailing Oregon State Director, Scott Beckstead.

Humane Lobby Day will focus on the following key bills:

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Hiring a Portland VegFest / Events Coordinator

January 11, 2015

Are you looking for a great opportunity to put your enthusiasm and dedication to work? We are seeking a part-time employee to serve as Portland VegFest / Events Coordinator for Northwest VEG. The ideal candidate has experience coordinating large events, leading multiple committees, recruiting and building relationships with businesses and organizations as sponsors or exhibitors, working with volunteers, and is passionate about promoting a 100% plant-based diet for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.

Applications are due February 1, 2015.

Click here for more details: http://nwveg.org/jobs

Recipe of the Month: Ethiopian Style Hummus

January 7, 2015

By Kittee Berns, author of Teff Love and soon to be a speaker at a Northwest VEG potluck.

This recipe makes a Middle Eastern-style hummus with a few Ethiopian-inspired twists!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon shelled raw sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas

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Volunteer with Northwest VEG!

January 7, 2015

It may seem too early to think about it, but we're already planning VegFest 2015! VegFest planning takes many volunteers over the course of the year and we need your help! If you can spare 4-6 hours per month to help plan the Fitness area, Fashion & Beauty area, plan and execute Advertising and Public Relations, or help recruit Sponsors and Exhibitors, please email Bonnie at vegfest@nwveg.org.

We are also looking for some energetic volunteers to help staff the Northwest VEG table at an upcoming Fix-It Fair.
New volunteers are welcome and will be paired with an experienced volunteer. Email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.
Where: Rosa Parks Elementary School (8960 N Woolsey Ave., Portland)
When: Saturday, January 24
Shifts: 9:15-12:15, 12-3:15

Veggie Grill FUNdraiser for Northwest VEG

January 7, 2015

Join us for a delicious meal and a great cause... Northwest VEG! The Downtown Portland Veggie Grill (508 SW Taylor St., Portland) will graciously be donating 50% of your food & beverage purchases all day Saturday, January 31, to Northwest VEG! Just remember to mention that you are there to support Northwest VEG. (For Northwest VEG to get the 50% donation, you MUST mention the fundraiser when you pay.)

We will be doing meetups throughout the day so we hope to see you for lunch at 12pm, dinner at 7:00pm or both! If you can't make it to a meetup, you can still come any time between 10:30am and 9pm and mention the fundraiser for Northwest VEG to get the 50% donation!

Please share this event on your Facebook wall and invite your friends and family to also dine at the Downtown Portland Veggie Grill on January 31st. It's a great restaurant for exposing people to delicious vegan food!