Gardening and Vegetarianism: Join the Club

Yum: Fresh Vegetables

Gardening and vegetarianism seem like a match made in heaven. Once you’ve decided to forgo meat, having fresh produce at hand is a wonderful way to enhance the vegetarian lifestyle.

It’s not just the fresh vegetables; a large part of what I appreciate most in my garden are the fresh herbs. Cooking with basil, oregano and cilantro straight from the plant is what makes culinary experimentation enjoyable.

So when I heard  that the South Edmonton Vegetarian and Gardening Club hosts a monthly potluck on the last Sunday of every month at Pleasantview Community Hall (10860 – 57 Ave NW), I was excited to bring a dish and find out what the group was all about.

The Club hosts the potluck which features a food demo by someone in the group followed by a tremendous and varied buffet, culminating in a presentation by a local speaker.

Ron Berezan, the Urban Farmer, was the guest speaker at the first potluck I attended back in May of 2009. Last month we heard from Bruce Bashforth of Bedrock Seed Bank about Xeriscape Gardening and use of native species.

The group’s April 25, 2010 speaker will be VcToria from VcToria’s Raw Food; she’ll be presenting “The Benefits of Raw Food”. VcToria teaches Beginners Raw Food classes (see http://www.vrfc.ca for more information).

Everyone is welcome: vegans, vegetarians, veg-curious, meat reducers, omnivores! I guess I would consider myself veg-curious, as I haven’t completely given up my chicken fingers just yet.

The potluck begins at 5:00 pm, and guests need to bring a vegetarian or vegan dish to serve approximately six people as well as their own reusable utensils and plates, mugs, bowls, etc. The cost is $3 per person / $6 per family for the potluck and speaker, or you can come for just the speaker at 6:30 pm. It’s a family event, so children are more than welcome to attend.

More information is available at: http://www.meetup.com/edmonton-vegetarians/

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