August 18, 2016
Portland VegFest 2016 is almost here!
Did you know that we need more than 400 volunteers to make Portland VegFest happen? We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help make the Portland VegFest awesome, and that's where you come in. We need help with various roles and shifts during the entire weekend of October 21-23 at the Oregon Convention Center. Volunteering at Vegfest is a great way to help others while learning more yourself.
Who can volunteer?
Anyone and everyone! We have lots of different roles, to suit all kinds of people. We need people for most roles throughout Saturday October 22nd and Sunday October 23rd, and help with set-up all day on Friday October 21st. Please find a full list of the available volunteer shifts/tasks at our volunteer signup site.
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.
Help spread the word!
Want to have fun, talk to people, and wear a veggie costume? We need volunteers to hand out VegFest postcards and posters prior to VegFest to help get the word out. You will be handing out postcards and posters in places such as Pioneer Square, farmers markets, local businesses, Alberta Street, Hawthorne District, Mississippi Street, and Belmont. If you're interested in volunteering or learning more contact our Volunteer Coordinator!
Please email Tara, our volunteer coordinator, with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in October!
August 17, 2016
Northwest VEG is launching a shop!
Check out our brand new merchandise at our new shop! A percentage of every purchase made goes directly toward funding our mission to support people in their transition toward making healthier, more sustainable & compassionate food choices. So you can look sporty and support a good cause!
Or, help us collect earnings while you do your regular shopping at Fred Meyer or on AmazonSmile.
August 16, 2016
Help us in building and supporting a community which makes it convenient, fun, and easy to make vegan choices. Plus your support for NW VEG’s mission of compassionate, environmental, and health-based outreach does a world of good for all animals (including us) and the earth itself.
*Or wait until VegFest to join ($25 Individual; $35 Family; plus additional $15 for a magazine) and get an even bigger new member gift bag there!
August 1, 2016
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 [...]
July 31, 2016
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.)
June 6, 2016
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.
May 22, 2016
Northwest VEG: 4th of July at Evelyn M Schiffler Memorial Park, BeavertonJuly 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
May 15, 2016
Are you interested in helping to get the word to your congregation about the Save Endangered Animals Oregon ballot measure campaign? The Humane Society of the United States is offering a multi-church informational event on Sunday, May 15, to discuss the role that people of faith play in animal protection along with ways you and your congregation can get involved in this and other areas. The event will take place at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1211 SW Main St, Portland, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM in the Daisy Bingham Room. Refreshments will be offered. This is a great opportunity to help build animal advocacy networking among our area churches. For more information about this event, email Keith Iding at email@example.com.
April 6, 2016
Are you looking for in-depth information on a healthy, plant-based lifestyle? Would you like to delve into issues surrounding veganism and meet like-minded classmates?
Each class in the 8-week Master VEG Program series looks at a separate but related issue of a plant-based lifestyle. We'll talk about health, nutrition, doing cooking demos, how food production affects our environment, animal thoughts and emotions, philosophy, animal law, social aspects, and lots more. After the classes, there will be fun field trips and projects you can get involved in, including implications for our health, the environment, social justice, and our relationship with animals. The series is modeled after the very popular Master Gardener and Master Recycler programs.
The next session of the Master VEG Program will begin on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 6-8:45pm, and will take place at People's Food Co-op located at 3029 SE 21st Ave. in Portland.
The program's lineup of diverse speakers includes Daniel Redwood, DC, (pictured) who is the Director of the Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine program at the University of Western States.
April 4, 2016
By Stephanie Lucas
Many people are unaware that it's possible to garden without animal inputs and that doing so is easy and inexpensive. A sad irony for vegans is that many conventional, organic and even homegrown fruits and vegetables are fertilized with factory farmed manures and slaughterhouse by-products. However, the happy truth is that, just as we don't need to eat meat, eggs and milk to be healthy, we don’t need the blood, bones, flesh, feathers, nor even manure of animals to grow healthy plants.
April 1, 2016
We are excited to have Beverly Lynn Bennett present at VegFest 2016. Read on to find out more about this creative chef and author of many well-known books.
Beverly Lynn Bennett is a vegan chef and baker who is passionate about creating easy, delicious, and healthful vegan recipes. Beverly is the author of several books, including Vegan Bites: Recipes for Singles; Spiralize! Transform Vegetables and Fruits from Ordinary to Extraordinary; Chia: Using the Ancient Superfood; Kale: The Nutritional Powerhouse; The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Cooking; The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, and others. She hosts VeganChef.com and lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Q: What's your favorite fruit and what do you like to make with it?
A: Definitely apples, because not only are they delicious, they're also quite versatile. I enjoy eating one plain or with some nut butter, as part of my morning green smoothie, as an add-in for pancakes, as a chopped or shredded ingredient in a slaw or salad, and in baked goods of all sorts, from muffins to desserts.
March 31, 2016
It is with great pleasure that I greet you as the new Executive Director of Northwest VEG. Over the past few weeks, I have very much enjoyed getting to know some of the extraordinary volunteers, board members, partners, staff, and members whose tremendous work and dedication have built this organization into such an asset to the Pacific Northwest community. When I moved to the Portland area six years ago, VegFest was among the very first of my experiences into the plant-based culinary magic of this area. Joining the team at Northwest VEG feels like a natural fit.
I want to tell you why I am excited about this organization and about all of you. I began eating vegan while I was interning in Hong Kong at Animals Asia Foundation, where I read about the horrors of the dairy industry. What I found most remarkable about Animals Asia's work is that they had formed an accord with the Chinese Government, allowing them to not only rescue farmed Asiatic black bears, but to also take away the farms' licenses so that this cruel and totally unnecessary farming could not be perpetuated. I moved to Oregon to attend Lewis & Clark Law School with the specific intention of ultimately working at either a legislative or judicial level to implement more sweeping and lasting change for animals.
December 5, 2015
The Green Festival will be in Portland for the first time this weekend, December 11-13, at the Oregon Convention Center and NW VEG will be exhibiting and presenting. Unlike some other festivals that are "green" mainly in name, the Green Festival is "committed to ... supporting vegan-vegetarian diets that are focused on organic, non-GMO and local artisanal foods as part of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle."
Speakers at the Green Festival will include:
- Peter Spendelow, former NW VEG President, presenting Ecological Footprints, Global Warming, and Food Choices (Sunday 1pm)
- Leslie Durso, vegan chef and health coach, presenting Creating the Ultimate Wellness Kitchen (Sunday 1:30pm)
- Milan Ross of Full Flavor Vegan presenting Living Life at Your Highest Health (Saturday 1:30pm)
December 5, 2015
Volunteers are needed to help staff the Northwest VEG table at Green Festival Expo December 11 - 13 at the Oregon Convention Center. This is going to be a great event and perfect opportunity to volunteer with Northwest VEG. Tabling entails talking with interested attendees about a plant-based lifestyle and Northwest VEG offerings (including our classes, potlucks, events, and more); handing out literature; directing attendees to additional resources and recipes as necessary; and generally putting a positive face to a compassionate lifestyle. Volunteers will be given free admission throughout the weekend, provided with snacks, and entered in a raffle to win a container of 22 Days plant-based protein powder!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Green Festival Expo
Where: Oregon Convention Center - Exhibit Hall B+C: Booth 442 (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Portland)
When: Friday-Sunday, December 11-13
Friday Shifts: 11:45am-3pm, 2:45-6:15pm
Saturday Shifts: 9:45am-12:45pm, 12:30-3:30pm, 3:15-6:15pm
Sunday Shifts: 9:45am-12:15pm, 12-2:30pm, 2:15-5:30pm
November 30, 2015
We are thrilled to welcome Cathy Berlot, PhD, MD, to our board of directors. Cathy is an avid runner, longtime supporter of Vegan Outreach, and is also on the board of Matt Ball's "One Step for Animals" organization.
Cathy has already been quite busy helping plan our upcoming 22 Day Veg Challenge.
How has being veg impacted your life?
Becoming vegan is one of the most important things I have ever done. Changing my own patterns of consumption was important, but that was only the first step in developing a more meaningful life in which I can have an impact on reducing the suffering of all animals, human and non-human. Sharing my ever-growing awareness of how what we consume affects other animals, our own health, and the health of the planet is important to me, and I do this through leafleting, by supporting nonprofit organizations that promote changes to help animals by providing information, doing undercover investigations of animal cruelty, and/or providing sanctuary to animals, and now, by participating in and helping to plan activities sponsored by Northwest VEG. I am proud to be a part of such an important social justice movement.
November 13, 2015
Nutrition is "possibly the most overlooked cause of depression," says Dr. Neil Nedley, who will be speaking at Portland VegFest and the Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference in November. In treating his patients, Dr. Nedley has found that using nutrition principles produces dramatic results in the improvement of major depression, and it has also helped the mental performance of those who are healthy without depression.Neil Nedley, MD, is a full-time practicing physician in Internal Medicine with emphasis in Mental Health, Preventive Medicine, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, and the difficult-to-diagnose patient.
November 4, 2015
Leading up to Portland VegFest we will be handing out pro-veg leaflets stuffed with Portland VegFest postcards all around town. Research shows that for every two booklets you pass out, you will spare one farmed animal from a lifetime of misery. This is a great and easy way to get involved and save animals!
Email Chelsea Davis at email@example.com for more information and to sign up.
Friday, November 6th - Pioneer Square, 7-9am and 4-6pm
Saturday, November 7th - Pioneer Square, 12-2pm
Sunday, November 8th - Pioneer Square, 12-2pm
Monday, November 9th - PCC Sylvania, 10am-2pm
Tuesday, November 10th - PCC Sylvania, 10am-2pm
Thursday, November 12th - PSU, 10am-2pm
Friday, November 13th - Pioneer Square, 7-9am and 4-6pm
October 4, 2015
Nutrition and Cancer: Fight Cancer the Whole Foods Way will be the subject of Dr. Paulette Chandler's featured talk at the Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference at the Oregon Convention Center on November 13. Dr. Chandler will also be speaking at the Portland VegFest Saturday afternoon, November 14.
Paulette Chandler, MD, MPH, is a board-certified internal medicine physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Epidemiologist at
September 2, 2015
NW VEG had an uplifting month of August, with the advent of 3 complimentary magazine options for our members (read on for the details), a fabulous new contributing business member (Mirador), and a second major donation from home sales by Elaine Armstrong Realty. We have many business partners who offer either direct support to NW VEG or discounts to our members! Plus, VegNews is back for our members!
September 1, 2015
Northwest VEG is lucky to have Trina Elam as a dedicated volunteer. She has been a tremendous asset to our Portland VegFest committee! Thank you Trina!
How long have you been veg and why?
I went vegetarian six years ago, junior year of high school, when I saw a jar of Vegenaise and the idea of a dairyless and eggless mayo just blew my mind. So, I got my mom to go vegetarian with me for two weeks and I just never stopped. Then once I started learning about the cruelty of the dairy and egg industry and health risks of meat and dairy, I gradually stopped eating dairy and went vegan about a year and half-ish later.