Countdown to Spring VegFest Presented by Unburger
Just 3 months to go! Mark your calendars and join us on Sunday, June 2, from 10am to 4pm, at Eastern Market in Detroit for VegMichigan's 23rd annual VegFest! Enjoy food trucks, all your favorite plant-based vendors, eco-friendly shopping, free massages, cooking demos, and speakers, plus fun for the kids! Bring the whole family and spend the day with us enjoying all that a plant-based lifestyle has to offer. A special thank you to Unburger, Spring VegFest's Title Sponsor. Be sure to stop by their booth to try their burger and fries combo and thank them for their support of the event! Check our website for more event details.
Volunteer Update
Rockstar volunteer Velonda Anderson, PhD, helping with office projects.
VegMichigan is now accepting applications from anyone interested in volunteering, including brand new volunteers! To join the team, please fill out our volunteer application and select an orientation date. Huge thanks to all of our existing volunteers who have already signed up through the new software and attended orientation! We hope you are finding the system useful and enjoying all the new volunteer opportunities. Our staff greatly appreciates all of your help in the office, at events, and more!

In March, we have a unique opportunity available. As part of our contract with the City of Ann Arbor, we will be distributing door hangers in Ann Arbor neighborhoods to inform residents about the connection between food choices and our carbon footprint. If you’d like to help, please sign up on Volgistics, or email Katie at [email protected] for more information.

For anyone interested in Spring VegFest volunteer roles, we will be posting opportunities soon. Please note that these will be offered through Volgistics, so if you haven’t signed up yet, please do so today using the link above!
Making Huge Strides in Ann Arbor
We are thrilled to have a 3-year contract with the City of Ann Arbor as an official collaborator to support their 2030 carbon-neutral initiative. We are halfway through the first year and have made significant progress. 351 people have participated in our 30 Day Plant-Based Pledge, and over 1600 people have been reached through in-person presentations, outreach events, free plant-based samplings, and our monthly Meetups. 93% of the plant-based pledge respondents said they would continue to eat more plant-based. Our presentation surveys revealed that many people are surprised to learn about the connection between our household food choices and climate change and that they are motivated to eat more plant-based meals to do their part in protecting the environment.
Upcoming Event Highlights
Click on the links below for details and check out our event calendar to see the full list.
Saturday, March 2, 1pm-3pm

Sunday, March 10, 1:30pm-5:15pm

Wednesday, March 13, 6pm-7:30pm

Thursday, March 21, 6pm-7:30pm

Thursday, March 21, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Friday, March 22, 6pm-7:30pm

Wednesday, March 27, 6pm-7:30pm

Thursday, March 28, 6:30pm-8pm

Thursday, March 28

Plant-Based 101 (Dearborn Heights, JFK Library)
Wednesday, April 3, 6:30pm-7:30pm
If you missed last month's popular presentation by Nichole Dandrea-Russert, MS, RDN, plant-based dietitian nutritionist and founder of, you can now view the recording on our YouTube channel.

Take a Vegan Tour in Kenya & Tanzania, Bali, or Costa Rica
Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey! Picture being on a safari in Kenya and Tanzania, in the heart of the Great Migration, watching in awe as wildebeest and zebras stampede across endless grasslands, herds of elephants traversing the savannah, and elusive leopards hidden in the shadows. But wait, there's more – your adventure also includes a stay at Kenya’s first carbon-neutral safari camp in the Masai Mara because saving the planet can be part of the adventure, too! Not interested in Africa? Don’t worry; there are other adventures to Bali & Costa Rica!
Michiganders for a Just Farming System Update
Michiganders for a Just Farming System was a co-host for The Smell of Money screening in Detroit, where over 80 people came out to watch the film and learn about the many ills of factory farming. 60 letters were signed by attendees opposing Michigan House Bill 5083 that will be sent to the sponsors of the bill. A special thanks to steering committee members Katie and Bee for helping at the table. Please join us for our next Zoom meeting on Monday, March 11, at 6pm to learn more about the organization and the campaigns we are working on. Register for the March 11 Meeting
Last Call for Wicked Kitchen Giveaway
If you'd like to try some Wicked Kitchen products or have already tried them and would like to get more, please come by the VegMichigan office on Thursday, March 7, anytime from 2pm-6pm. We are located in the Timber Ridge Office Complex at 33900 W. 8 Mile Rd, Suite 175, in Farmington Hills. We have Punchin' Potatoes & Beans Chili Mac, Spicy Smoky Dreamy Mac, Late Night Rice Noodles, Peng Penang Tofu Curry, and a few random items. VegMichigan members can take home 10 items. Non-members reading this can take home 5 items. First come, first served.
Enter This Month's Raffle
Congratulations to the winners of last month's raffle! The answer was: Heart Month (or Earth Month). Samantha Johnston won a gift card to Forty Acres Soul Kitchen, Danielle Bean Jackson won a gift card to Unburger, and Lori Brown won vegan fudge from Ryba's. For this month's raffle, you'll have a chance to win one of the following prizes.
$25 Gift Card to Blaze Pizza (various)

$25 Gift Card to The Lunch Room (Ann Arbor)

$25 Gift Card to Mudgie's Deli (Detroit)
To enter the raffle, solve the word scramble below and email your answer and one gift card preference to [email protected]. Those with the correct answer will be entered into a raffle drawing for the e-gift card of their choice. Winners will be announced in the April newsletter. Good luck!
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