Farmers and gardeners are key to the growth of the veganics movement. Whether you already grow veganically, would like to transition, or are simply interested in learning more, there are many ways to get involved.
Communicate with veganic growers
– Join the Veganic Agriculture Network discussion group on Yahoo. You can ask questions and share knowledge with other people who are interested in veganic agriculture.
– Browse through the list of farms to see what other growers are accomplishing in North America. You can ask them questions through the website or through the yahoo group.
Adopt veganic principles
– See the "What is veganic?" section of the website. In the coming months, we will be adding more detailed information about specific veganic practices to help farmers and gardeners transition. In the meantime, feel free to contact us with specific questions.
– Learn more from websites, books, and magazines
Start a veganic farm
– Starting a farm can provide many people in your region with the option of veganic produce.
– By joining the veganic discussion group, you can communicate with people who are currently farming using veganic practices, to get guidance and help for starting a farm.
– If you already farm veganically, please contact us so we can add your farm profile to the website.
– Stockfree-Organic, U.K. The Vegan Organic Network and the Soil Association in the United Kingdom have developed a Stockfree-Organic certification program for plant-based farmers and gardeners, with comprehensive guidelines for ethical agriculture.
– Efforts are being made in North America to provide similar certification opportunities for veganic farmers:
– 3rd Party Stockfree, U.S. Going through a local 3rd party certifier in Gainesville, Florida, Victoria Farm applied for Vegan-Organic certification using the Stock-Free standards. Other farmers can apply through the same certifier.
– Certified Veganic, U.S. A Veganic Certification is being developed based on participatory guarantee systems, which provide low-cost, regionally-based certification to small organic farmers, emphasizing knowledge-building of organic techniques.
Share your experience
– Write articles: if you have a special area of expertise (a certain veganic technique, farming in a particular region, and so on) there are endless opportunities to write articles to distribute on the veganic yahoo group, the Veganic Agriculture Network website, or the magazine Growing Green International. You can also write a general introduction to veganics, and see if it can be published in local newsletters or newspapers.
– Offer farm and garden visits: By opening your farm or garden to the public (even on occasion), this allows people who are curious about veganics to ask questions and learn more in a real-life setting.
– Host apprentices or wwoofers or garden-helpers: First-hand experience on a veganic farm or garden is an important way for the next generation of growers to gain the knowledge they need.
– Give talks: There are many venues that may accept speakers on the topic of veganics. Inquire at gardening groups, environmental networks, community centres, churches, and vegetarian clubs. Conferences often look for speakers on a wide range of topics.
– Translate: If you speak another language, we welcome translations of our website content to reach a wider audience. Contact us for more info.
Contribute financially to this network
– The Veganic Agriculture Network runs on volunteer hours, and a small budget to finance the website and to print materials for promoting veganics. We are thankful for donations, which will allow us to greatly expand our activities.