Founded in 1996, the Vegan Organic Network, VON, is an ambitious UK registered charity with an international network of active supporters. Our aims are to research and promote vegan organic (also known as stockfree organic) methods of agriculture and horticulture throughout the world so that green, clean and cruelty-free food becomes widely available.
Vegan organic/stockfree organic broadly means any system of cultivation that excludes artificial chemicals, livestock manures, animal remains from slaughterhouses, genetically modified material and indeed anything of animal origin such as fishmeal.
From large farms to window boxes, we show farmers and home growers how to use vegan organic methods. Our supporters include people of many viewpoints, some involved in growing food, some not, but all united in recognising the need for a fundamental restructuring of food production methods and land use and their importance for human well-being, for animal welfare and biodiversity and in the battle for environmental sustainability.
We publish a magazine, Growing Green International. There is also a free advice service for members of the public, home growers, smallholders and farmers. Through our Stockfree Organic Services wing, farms can be certified as Stockfree Organic; our Stockfree Organic Standards are inspected by the Soil Association in the UK and QCS in North America. We organise farm walks, allotment and garden visits and volunteer placements on stockfree organic holdings, publish guides for farmers and home growers, support higher education in our methods and as they say, much more.
We hope you will become a supporter and part of the growing VON community.