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Northwest Veg
Vol. 94
Space considerations are crucial as our population climbs. We have to make efficient use of our arable land. A plant-based diet can do that.
--Ed Begley Jr., Portland VegFest 2014 Speaker

Latest News...
» Upcoming Events
» Race for the Animals is This Month!
» 5th Annual Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Medical Conference
» Be the Face of Northwest VEG!
» Thank You for Celebrating with Us!
» Improving Male Fertility: Research Suggests a Nutrient-Dense Diet May Play an Integral Role
» Recipe of the Month: Tortilla Soup
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Upcoming Events

Portland Premiere of The Ghosts in Our Machine
When: Sunday, June 8 @ 7 pm (Doors at 6:30pm)
Where: Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton, Portland)
Details: Join Food Fight Vegan Grocery and NW Hunt Saboteurs as they present the Portland premiere of The Ghosts in Our Machine. This multi-award winning documentary by Liz Marshall illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.

NW VEG Westside Portland Potluck
When: Sunday, June 15 @ 5pm
Where: West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland)
Details: Following the potluck join us for the Northwest VEG Annual Meeting - your chance to let us know how Northwest VEG is doing and what you would like to see in the future. Is there something that would be fun for you to be involved in? We look forward to your thoughts! Thanks to So Delicious for providing vegan ice cream sandwiches for attendees.

NW VEG Happy Hour at The High Dive (and the Cartopia carts)
When: Wednesday, June 18 @ 5-7:30pm
Where: The High Dive (1406 SE 12th ave)
Details: Grab a meal at the soon to be closed Cartopia then join us for a night of fun at a great bar just around the corner, The High Dive. Click here for more info.

NW VEG Vancouver Potluck with Dr Robert Ellis
When: Thursday, June 26: 6:30pm potluck and 7:30pm talk
Where: Clark Public Utilities Service Center (1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver) Note change in location.
Details: Join us for a delicious potluck and fascinating presentation by Robert Ellis, DO, PhD on Nutritional Approaches to Cancer Prevention. Dr. Ellis works in the Hematology and Oncology Department at Kaiser Permanente in Longview, Washington, where he is developing a program that integrates healthy eating in the treatment regimen for patients with malignant disorders.

NW VEG 4th of July Vegan Potluck Picnic will again be at Raleigh Park, 3500 SW 78th Ave, starting at 3 pm this year. Add it to your calendar...

Race for the Animals is This Month!

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 for more information.

5th Annual Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Medical Conference

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
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.

Be the Face of Northwest VEG!

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 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.

Thank You for Celebrating with Us!

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

Improving Male Fertility: Research Suggests a Nutrient-Dense Diet May Play an Integral Role

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."

Recipe of the Month: Tortilla Soup

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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