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Love Food, Love Animals

VON at Lincoln Vegan Fayre 10th November 2012


Free Food including – delicious sweet and savoury tasters!

Tombola and Guess The Cake Weight Competition!

Lots of stalls including, arts and crafts, food, books Talks, presentations, workshops and information stalls on Vegansim, Vegetarianism and Health Cooking demo by Karl Davison, Head Chef from Café Zoot! And much much more!


VON Volunteers: Izaak, Josh, Angelina, Roger and Dan After an early start leaving Manchester, we were greeted at the event by Lincoln Veggies who helped unload our car and made us welcome. All the campaign stalls were upstairs. The main attraction was on the ground floor with a wide variety of free vegan delights for people to sample.

On the first floor we were accompanied by about 15 other stands including League Against Cruel Sports –Stop the badger kill, Anivisection and Animal Rights Groups and groups selling animal friendly products. There was a relaxed, friendly atmosphere in the hall with a steady flow of people it didn’t get too busy, and people had time to talk with us.

Roger, Josh and Angelina arrived early and helped through out the day.

Izaak and Josh went round the event selling the Growing Green International Magazines and Growing Green DVDs, Roger and Angelina charmed people to the stand, signing up new members and selling over a dozen of Jenny’s and Tolly’s book ‘Growing Green-Organic Techniques for a Sustainable Future’.

Izaak took the cake (literally), he guessed the weight of a magnificent vegan cake and won it-yum yum.

Big thanks to Lincoln Veggies for putting on a great day!


Next event is Compassionate Derby

Date: Saturday 24th November 2012 Venue: Darwin Suite, Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AH Tickets: Free Admisssion Description:

Compassionate Derby is an exciting showcase of healthy, environmentally friendly and cruelty-free food and lifestyle products. As well as all the delicious food on offer, there will also be a range of ethical organisations and charities there, and a series of talks throughout the day, so there’ll be plenty opportunity to learn, discuss and explore some new ideas in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Please let me know if you would like a lift from Manchester or if you will be going there direct and would like to help on the stand.


Green, Clean and fool of surprises!

VON at the West Midlands Vegan Festival

VON at the West Midlands Vegan Festival in Wolverhampton,  27th October 2012 11am-6pm & Afterparty

·         Save Animals
·         Save the Planet
·         Save Yourself

VON volunteers: Izaak, Simon, Nick, Nicki and Dan

We arrived about an hour before the event started to set up our stall, when we arrived at least fifty people were queuing to get in and by the start the queue had grown to at least 200.

The venue filled quickly, this was not a problem as the Civic Hall had three floors with activities going on throughout the day.

We were on the ground floor with all the other stalls and stands; consisting of animal rights campaigns, food companies giving away freebees and stands selling clothes, jewellery and cosmetics.

In the basement, there was a dedicated kid’s space, an entertainment stage and various cafes selling vegan food with plenty of room to sit down, relax and enjoy the entertainment while eating.

Workshops and talks were held on the first floor in a number of rooms. Nick and Nicki gave a talk on the vegan project they are involved with in India: The Sadhana Reforestation Project. Sadhana Forest started its ecological revival and sustainable living work on December 19th 2003; volunteers are welcome on the project for more information visit:

Our stall attracted a lot of interest, new members and a number of current members came by and to say hello.

Izaak showed great salesmanship, at the tail end of the event he took the VON DVDs and magazines round and I think he managed to sell at least one to each person left. Also he won the rowing and push up competition for his age group (10 year olds).

The night was young and we were hungry after loading the van, so we went on to the after party at a venue round the corner. The venue had a full vegan menu and entertainment; we enjoyed our meals while being entertained by various musicians including Gareth Evans from the VON garden party, who rocked.

Thank you to the West Midlands Vegan crew for putting on a great event!

Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg

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News: Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg

The Vegan-Organic Network (VON) has just released Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg, an inspiring DVD which demonstrates how you can feed yourself and your family from your allotment or garden using stockfree organic techniques.

Stockfree organic differs from conventional organic in that, as well as avoiding synthetic chemicals and artificial fertilisers, growers also avoid animal inputs such as manure  or fish meal, and slaughterhouse products such as dried blood and bone meal.  The method relies instead on green manures, mulches, undersowing and crop rotation to maintain optimum soil health and fertility and to enhance local biodiversity.

Presenter Graham Cole is head gardener at Holywell House in Hampshire and has twenty years’ experience growing crops stockfree organically and sustainably, producing delicious vegetables and fruit which are genuinely clean, green and cruelty-free.

The DVD is a handy reference tool for the basics of stockfree organic gardening. It is divided into chapters so that you can easily locate sections of particular interest. Topics covered include:

– Problems with conventional growing

– The benefits of stockfree organic growing

– How to produce fertility

– Rotation of crops

– The importance of biodiversity

– Weed control

– Growing under glass

– Basic tools

You can buy a copy from our online shop.