If you're a veg beginner - or even if you're well beyond that stage - Veg 101 is the right place to start! This course is a 6-week series on vegetarianism, featuring both a lecture and a cooking demonstration (with free samples) each week. The lectures provide an excellent grounding in topics such as health, nutrition, factory farming, environmental impact, and related subjects. The cooking demonstrations include grains, legumes, tofu, tempeh, seitan, and more. Past class members have told us that Veg 101 has changed their lives! More info and full schedule are available here.
Time: Sunday afternoons, 2:00-4:15pm
Location: Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist Church - 26 SW Condor Way, Portland, OR 97239
Pre-registration is required. The fee for the entire series, including the food, is $60 (or $30 for low income / students). For any questions, please contact our registrar, Susan, at email@example.com or 503-521-1941.
Click here to register now!
Enter your favorite animal photos for a chance to win your photo on a professionally printed canvas and inclusion in the upcoming 2017 Northwest VEG vegan recipe book. One photo from each category will be chosen as a winner. Photos will be uploaded to a Northwest VEG Facebook album, and winning photos are determined by the number of "likes" on each photo. Share with your friends and encourage them to vote on your photo!
Enter one photo for $3 donation. Three or more photos are $2 each. You may enter as many photos as desired. Donations can be made to Northwest VEG directly through PayPal and are tax-deductible.
Photos must be a minimum of 640 x 480 pixels. Photos must be your original work and you must own the rights to your picture. Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each original photo may include an original title and/or caption of up to 40 words.
Photos may be submitted through February 17.
♡ Farm Animal
♡ Companion Animal (Furry, feathered, or finned)
♡ Wild Animal
You will retain the copyrights to your pet photo and any copying of your photo by website viewers is strictly forbidden.
We may use your winning photograph in our advertisements, publications, and/or merchandise (merchandise with your approval).
Northwest VEG's free 22 Day Veg Challenge is a great opportunity to kick start the new year in a healthy, compassionate way with a plant-based diet. Sign up today, then forward this newsletter to your family and friends and challenge them to join you!
Cook a new grain (like millet)
Watch Vegan: Everyday Stories (available for free with Amazon Prime)
Check out a vegan restaurant (tons of amazing options in the greater Portland area)
Try a recipe from a vegan cookbook (so many to choose from!)
Attend informative community events
Here's a sneak-peek of some of the challenges coming your way:
This program is great for all levels of experiences. If you're new to veganism, we will lead you through the basics of a plant-based diet and connect you with a kind and knowledgeable support system. If you're a longtime vegan, the challenge will encourage you to try something new and introduce you to new friends.
Plus, with our mentorship program we will connect newbies with experienced vegans who can answer their questions and provide additional support. Interested in being a mentor? Click here
It will be fun and easy, with lots of support available to answer questions and share tips. There will be a kick-off event on January 7th and a wrap-up event on January 28th (details to be posted on the Facebook page). We hope to see you there!
Thank you so much to everyone who helped make Portland VegFest such a celebration this past weekend. We had a record number of volunteers (over 400!), a record number of exhibitors, incredible speakers and film screenings, and the best attendees. An additional thank you to all our sponsors who help make an event of this size possible.
At the core of our mission at Northwest VEG is compassion - for ourselves and other humans, for our planet, for all the non-human animals with whom we share the earth. One of our esteemed speakers this weekend emphasized that his journey to a plant-based diet started with his wife's compassion toward animals and to him as a then-omnivore. This weekend, the compassion that livens our community was present in spades: volunteers for whom this was their twelfth year helping to run Portland VegFest smoothly; the awe of those for whom this was their first VegFest; the growing all-vegan companies that have blossomed, driven by passionate, compassionate entrepreneurs; the increasing number of omnivorous companies that have launched vegan product lines to meet increasing consumer demand; the many other organizations spreading their own missions of compassion.
If you are not already a member of Northwest VEG, now is a great time to show your support for NW VEG and all our events held throughout the year, along with the compassionate, health, and environmental outreach we deliver! More information on joining here.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your dedication and commitment to our community.
With love and gratitude,
Jaclyn Leeds, Executive Director
Photo credit to Enoch Thomas.
Interview of Dr. Alan Goldhamer by NW VEG Member and Volunteer Jamie Loken
Portland VegFest is October 22 and 23 at the Oregon Convention Center. Click here to see this year's fantastic lineup of speakers.
You don't have to be nice to be vegan.
That's a message Dr. Alan Goldhamer would like to communicate. He doesn't care if you're vegan to save the animals, the environment, or your place in heaven.
He wants you to save yourself.
Vegans are stereotyped as bleeding hearts for a reason. It can be a difficult to hear we need to stand up for ourselves and our health, but that's exactly what VegFest 2016 speaker, Dr. Alan Goldhamer, wants you to do.
Usher in the semi-rebel vibe.
Though co-author of The Pleasure Trap and founder of the largest medically-supervised fasting center in the world, TruthNorth Health Center, it seems Goldhamer's name is only commonplace in certain circles. With the powerful messages he imparts, it's mysterious that he's not more well-known. [...]
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Oregon Convention Center
Friday, October 21
On October 21, Northwest VEG and Adventist Health will co-host the fifth annual Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference
, a professional conference featuring five top speakers exploring the science behind plant-based nutrition. Speakers this year include:
- Neal Barnard, MD: Plant-Based Diet for Diabetes and Obesity
- Milton Mills, MD: How Plant-based Diets Improve the Interaction between the GI Tract and the Microbiome
- Julieanna Hever, RD: Transforming the Future of Healthcare
- Alan Goldhamer, DC: Fasting, an Ancient Approach to Modern Problems
- Brooke Goldner, MD: Healing Autoimmune Disease with Supermarket Foods
Early-bird registration has been extended through Monday, October 10. Visit the website
for information on our speakers, continuing education credits, and the schedule.
Portland VegFest 2016 is almost here!
Did you know that we need more than 400 volunteers to make Portland VegFest happen? We are still looking for dedicated volunteers to help make the Portland VegFest awesome, and that's where you come in. Click here to volunteer for 2016 VegFest, and invite your friends to sign up to volunteer with you!
Volunteers under 18 will need to bring a signed parental consent form.[...]
To visit the VegFest website, click here.
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Northwest VEG is thrilled to have Tara Hathaway join our team. We hope to see you at the Portland Potluck on September 18 for our Meet the Staff night. The potluck begins at 5:00pm, with a relaxed staff introduction beginning at 6:30pm. Friends Meeting Hall, 4312 SE Stark St., Portland.
Love, compassion, animal rights, social justice, environmentalism, sustainability, the future, life, health, respect, activism are all important issues I'm passionate about and why I'm so excited to be part of the NW VEG team. At the age of ten, I proclaimed to my meat eating parents [...]
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Oregon and Washington are "blessed" with an invasive wild blackberry whose informal name is the Himalayan Blackberry, although it is native to Western Europe and was brought here in the late 19th century. The thorns are unbelievably large and sharp, but the berries bake up like regular blackberries...and the price is right! You can find them everywhere. I adapted my fruit crisp recipe especially for these berries -- this one is low in added fat and a definite winner.
Recipe by Linda Tyler, whose website, www.graciousvegan.com, features original and curated vegan recipes intended to please omnivores as well as vegans. Linda joined NW Veg when she moved to Portland last fall from New Jersey.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine:
1.5 cups blanched almond flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
Pinch of salt
Pour these over the mixture and stir them in with a spoon or your hand until you get uniform crumbs:
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (or grapeseed or walnut)
1 Tablespoons agave nectar
In a separate large bowl, gently fold these together:
7-8 cups wild "Himalayan" blackberries (or regular blackberries), well rinsed and dried
1 Tablespoon corn starch
2 Tablespoons sugar
Put the berry mixture in a small ceramic or glass casserole dish (I use a rectangular one about 8" x 10", but any shape is fine, or even a ceramic pie plate). Sprinkle over the top of the fruit
1/3 cup brown sugar
Sprinkle the almond meal mixture over the brown sugar. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. (My oven runs cool, so I set mine at 360 degrees.)
I had the pleasure this past April and May of jumping into the Master VEG program so dutifully organized by board members Peter and Cindy. For eight consecutive Wednesdays, our Master VEG class met at People's Food Co-op and heard from experts on health, animal behavior, the intersection of human and animal welfare as pertains to industrialized farming, the effect of dietary choices on the environment, the joys and challenges of running a vegan-focused business, and what we can do to make a positive difference in both our own and others' lives. [...] Fun facts aside, I have been reflecting over the past week on the most valuable thing I gained from Master VEG: a couple dozen new friends.
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Northwest VEG: 4th of July at Evelyn M Schiffler Memorial Park, Beaverton
July 4, 3:00 to 6:00 pm
Schiffler Park is located just north of SW Allen Blvd. and south of SW Berthold, between SW Erickson and SW Menlo. We have reserved the picnic shelter near SW Erickson. For GPS purposes, use 5600 SW Erickson as the closest street address to the picnic shelter where we will gather. See the Google Street View and map below.
Bring your croquet, badminton, bocce balls, or any other lawn or table games! We have reserved a number of picnic tables, but you may want to bring lawn chairs or blankets
The park features a grassy field for play and sport, and a playground with structures for both young and older children, including a large swing set, a skate park, basketball hoops, a 2-acre wetland/natural area with boardwalk, and a community garden.
Parking is available on the street on SW Erickson, and there are small parking lots at the access to the park on SW Berthold and on SW Bonnie Brae. A number of bus lines run within 0.4 miles of the park, including:
- the 76 and 78 bus at SW 10th and Watson
- the 88 bus at SW Allen and SW Erickson
Trimet Trip Planner to find out the bus schedules.