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Vegan Warrior: Jason King

Vegan Warrior: Jason King

A Vegan Vigilante. A voice who refuses to be silenced. An approach that puts equality first. A supporter of abolitionism. An anti-speciesist with a profound respect for all sentient beings. A Vegan Warrior who we are deeply inspired by: Jason King. Everyone has his or her own reason and moment ...

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An Evening with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

An Evening with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Our monthly Dinner For a Cause event not only brings people together to enjoy a delicious plant-based meal, it raises funds for community-focused charities and organizations championing causes near and dear to PMK’s heart. In June 2017, we featured the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), an international non-profit, marine wildlife ...

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#PMKVEGANARRIOR: Scott James

#PMKVEGANARRIOR: Scott James

Scott James is a friend of Plant Matter Kitchen, has been vegan for almost 2 years, and is candid about the experiences that have led him to firmly believe that all living beings deserve love, respect, protection, and dignity. He is a Vegan Warrior who is using his experiences as ...

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SHARING WATER WITH PIGS: AN ACT OF COMPASSION, NOT “CRIMINAL MISCHIEF”

SHARING WATER WITH PIGS: AN ACT OF COMPASSION, NOT “CRIMINAL MISCHIEF”

Sharing water with innocent pigs on route to slaughteran act of “criminal mischief” or an act of kindness and compassion? The court has sided with the latter. ANITA KRAJNC: Anita Krajnc is a longtime animal activist, holds a PhD, and was an aid to a former Canadian Minister of Environment. ...

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Words of Encouragement, Support & Love

Words of Encouragement, Support & Love

It’s been almost a year since opening our doors, and the response we’ve gotten thus far has been incredible—to say the very least. Our team at Plant Matter Kitchen is humbled, honoured, and SO happy that we’re able to do what we love each and every day: cook, prepare, and ...

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POWERING PMK WITH BULLFROG POWER’S GREEN, CLEAN ENERGY

POWERING PMK WITH BULLFROG POWER’S GREEN, CLEAN ENERGY

Veganism encompasses more than the cooking and serving of plant-based foods—it’s a lifestyle dedicated to taking care of the planet as a whole, and the sources through which we receive and use energy play a major role in that stewardship. There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint and ...

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THE WATER OF REVERSE OSMOSIS

THE WATER OF REVERSE OSMOSIS

WATER IS OUR LIFELINE It nourishes us. It hydrates us. It revives us. It makes up 60-70% of the adult body. It has a neutral pH of 7 (neither acidic or basic). It covers nearly 75% of the earth’s surface. It has been recognized as both a human right and ...

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COMPOSTING AT PMK—ENSURING THAT NOTHING GOES TO WASTE!

COMPOSTING AT PMK—ENSURING THAT NOTHING GOES TO WASTE!

It conditions soils and makes for healthier, happier plants and vegetation. Compost is decomposed organic matter made from leaves and kitchen trimmings (veggies, herbs, and fruits). It produces microscopic bacteria and fungi that enriches plant soil with rich, natural nutrients and promotes soil microbes that aid in plant growth. COMPOSTING ...

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#PMKVEGANWARRIOR: SAMANTHA MCPHERSON

#PMKVEGANWARRIOR: SAMANTHA MCPHERSON

Samantha McPherson is a Vegan Warrior. Her admiration, her dedication, and her devotion to veganism proves it. HER STORY Samantha became attuned to an animal and environmentally conscious lifestyle in her teen years. A high school teacher taught her about vegetarianism and she was immediately convinced—from that day on, Samantha ...

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DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: SUSTAINABLE

DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: SUSTAINABLE

Industrial farming. Fertilizer runoff. Polluted grounds and soils. This is what sustainable, ethical, environmentally friendly farming practices are trying to combat. The documentary Sustainable is a great resource that highlights the importance of local farming and the impact the practice has on the community, land, food activism, food security, and ...

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PETA Protests Canada Goose

PETA Protests Canada Goose

Photo credit: CBC News Keeping their enemies close, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is taking a corporate stand against animal cruelty. PETA VS. CANADA GOOSE Adorning placards that read “Friends Not Fashion” and “Wear Your Own Skin,” coyote-masked PETA activists lined up in front of the New ...

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INTRODUCING: PMK’S NEW MENUS!

INTRODUCING: PMK’S NEW MENUS!

Did you know March is the second month of the year to have 31 days, was named after the first month of the earliest Roman calendar “Martius,” is represented by the daffodil, and is the time when Spring arrives! It’s also the month of NEW MENUS at Plant Matter Kitchen! ...

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VEGAN WARRIOR: DEBBIE SOMERS

VEGAN WARRIOR: DEBBIE SOMERS

She’s conscious of sustainable food choices. She’s active in her pursuit and her beliefs. She’s deeply passionate about animal wellness. She’s raising her family to be the healthiest version of themselves as possible. She’s celebrating five years of being vegan, this month! She’s Debbie Somers and she’s a Vegan Warrior. ...

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Veganism + Athleticism = TIA BLANCO

Veganism + Athleticism = TIA BLANCO

She loves to paint.She’s competitive.She always beats the boys in armwrestling.She’s a role model and an athlete.She’s a professional surfer.She’s vegan. LIFE ON THE WAVE When she was just 3 years old, Tia Blanco learned to surf with her father in Waikiki and she’s never looked back! “When I am ...

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IN THE KITCHEN WITH PMK: OUR VERY OWN HOT SAUCE RECIPE!

IN THE KITCHEN WITH PMK: OUR VERY OWN HOT SAUCE RECIPE!

kwFvdjYeT7e3W It’s a day in the kitchen with and we’re making our very own hot sauce! A PMK SPECIAL From its raw ingredients to the finished product, our PMK hot sauce really is something special. Its ingredients are natural, organic, locally-sourced, and the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. The ...

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COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE: CLEAN ENERGY, RECYCLABILITY, SCIENCE & GOVERNANCE

COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE: CLEAN ENERGY, RECYCLABILITY, SCIENCE & GOVERNANCE

At Plant Matter Kitchen, we’re aware that while caring and being conscious of the safety and security of our environment has a lot to do with the food on our plate, but it’s a topic that is more than food-deep. PLATES TO WALLS TO ELECTRICITY We are accountable for the ...

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VEGANS OF PMK: GABRIELLA’S STORY

VEGANS OF PMK: GABRIELLA’S STORY

Meet Gabriella Cuadra, a dear friend of the Plant Matter Kitchen community. Gabriella was introduced to the vegan lifestyle by a friend. After being sick for 17 days, she began a vegan diet, and says, “I noticed right away that I wasn’t weak anymore.” It’s been four years since that ...

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Historic Arva Flour Mill: Here To Stay!

Historic Arva Flour Mill: Here To Stay!

Founded in 1819, Arva Flour Mill is one of Canada’s oldest, most historic businesses. There aren’t many places like this around any more: the Mill is a significant and valuable landmark in the local community, in the province, and in the country. Preserving History, Cultivating Community History, story, products, and ...

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Bound To The Basics: A Devotion To Natural, Authentic & Organic Eating

Bound To The Basics: A Devotion To Natural, Authentic & Organic Eating

At Plant Matter Kitchen, we believe that in order to become our healthiest selves, we have to revert back to the basics and get in tuned with the environment around us. This approach to cooking, eating, and living is implemented—and tasted—in every meal that we cook and serve at Plant ...

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#PMKVeganWarrior: ABBY MCCUAIG

#PMKVeganWarrior: ABBY MCCUAIG

Passionate. Dedicated. Advocate. A LEADER OF THE CAUSE Abby McCuaig is an animal rights activist who sees the same liveliness, love, vitality, and yearning in the eyes of pigs as she does in the eyes of her dog. Abby wakes up at 4:00am on multiple days of the week to ...

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PMK’S MULTI-LAYERED PHILOSOPHY

PMK’S MULTI-LAYERED PHILOSOPHY

At Plant Matter Kitchen, every meal served is seasoned with multi-layered philosophy that extends beyond our kitchen. Vegan + Organic + Local + Quality By serving local, fresh, and organic food and preparing almost everything fresh every single day, we ensure that you only get the best possible ingredients prepared ...

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INTRODUCING: Plant Matter Kitchen’s #PMKVeganWarrior Campaign

INTRODUCING: Plant Matter Kitchen’s #PMKVeganWarrior Campaign

Plant Matter Kitchen Plant Matter Kitchen loves the Vegan Warrior community! WE ARE VEGAN WARRIORS Raising awareness and changing the world through passion, dedication, and compassion… you inspire us every day! We recently read that there are enough vegans out there today that if each one if us changed the ...

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DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: FOOD MATTERS

DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: FOOD MATTERS

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” ~ Hippocrates (460-370 BC) ~ From pesticides to pharmaceuticals, in Food Matters, a host of medical doctors, journalists, advocates, and health professionals break down how the growth, consumption, and distribution of our food affects our health and well-being. ...

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Veganism + Athleticism = MAC DANZIG

Veganism + Athleticism = MAC DANZIG

Mixed Martial Arts fighter.Ultimate Fighter Champion.Photographer.Father.Vegan. MAC DANZIG. THE MAKING OF MAC On the basketball court and the soccer field in his younger years, and at the skate park in high school, Mac was always into sports as a child. His passion for athletics eventually lead him to become a ...

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Vegan is Big

Vegan is Big

London, Ontario is rapidly becoming a leader in the Vegan Movement. A year ago things were happening, but today, the movement is exploding. London now has: 2 fully vegan restaurants: Plant Matter Kitchen and Glassroots A vegan food truck: McVegans A soon-to-open cafe: The Ground Up Organic Cafe 3 vegan ...

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Documentary Review: Forks Over Knives

Documentary Review: Forks Over Knives

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~ Thomas Edison ~ Diabetes. Hypertension. Cancers. Bone disease. Tendonitis. Fatigue. These conditions (and a host of others) can be tackled by simply eliminating animal and animal ...

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It’s National Cashew Day!

They’re perfect for snacking on, turning up the traditional stir-fry a couple notches, and are an excellent source of antioxidants and minerals. They’re shaped like a kidney bean, originate from an apple, and have their own distinct taste. They’re cashews, and today is their special day! Plant Matter Kitchen is ...

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Veganism + Athleticism = DAVID CARTER

Veganism + Athleticism = DAVID CARTER

He’s 300 pounds. He’s a NFL Defensive Lineman. He’s an animal rights advocate who breaks the mould of traditional veganism. David Carter Famously known as The 300 Pound Vegan, David Carter is a powerhouse—both in strength and in activism. The man who plays for the Chicago Bears (and formerly played ...

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RECAP: VEGFEST 2016!

RECAP: VEGFEST 2016!

“The purpose of VEGFEST is to spread the word about veganism,” VEGFEST Organizer Brittany Bragg told Plant Matter Kitchen, “and to educate people and bring the community together over something that’s really positive.” PMK’S PRE-PARTY On November 3rd, Plant Matter Kitchen hosted the official VEGFEST Pre-Festival Dinner Party. With music ...

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Veganism Is For Animals, Too!

Veganism Is For Animals, Too!

Plant Power doesn’t only apply to humans, it applies to animals too! Research indicates that “ailments associated with meat consumption in humans, such as allergies, cancer, and kidney, heart, and bone problems, also affect many nonhumans”—such as our dogs. The answer? A vegan, nutrient-rich, plant-based diet—for dogs! Kona & Banksy—The ...

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Veganism + Athleticism = RICH ROLL

Veganism + Athleticism = RICH ROLL

Ultra endurance athlete. Best selling author. Wellness evangelist. Vegan. Rich Roll embodies the coupling of veganism and athleticism like no one else. Rich’s Story A graduate from Stanford University (where he was a butterfly swimmer) and Cornell Law School, and former entertainment attorney, Rich is now a renowned vegan, motivational ...

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Fall Harvest at PMK: Passionate About Pumpkins!

Fall Harvest at PMK: Passionate About Pumpkins!

‘Tis the season of fall colours, comfy scarves, hoodie sweaters, fresh autumn air,candy apples, pretty chrysanthemums, hearty veggies sprinkled with brown sugar andpumpkins! The Healthy, Cucurbitaceae Family The proverbial siblings of cucumbers and melons, pumpkins are fruits that belong tothe Cucurbitaceae family. Known more specifically as the Cucurbitaceae Pepo, pumpkins—as ...

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Mangia, Mangia! Mondays are for Pasta at PMK

Passionate vegans. Pathfinders of pure foods. Health conscious. Creative at heart andin taste. Glenn Whitehead and Melanie Wandt, business partners and co-founders of PMK, bringmuch of what they cook at home into their restaurant on a daily basis. PMK guests are served only the best food. Melanie and Glenn agree ...

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Doughnuts & Double Chocolate — Happy Dessert Day!

Doughnuts & Double Chocolate — Happy Dessert Day!

Did you know that “stressed” spelled backwards is “desserts”? It’s true, and it makes perfect sense, since the latter is the ideal remedy for the former. Another fun fact: Today is Dessert Day—yayy! If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then we’ve got what you need—today, everyday, and especially on weekends. ...

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A Very Vegan Thanksgiving: Recipes That’ll Impress Your Dinner Guests

A Very Vegan Thanksgiving: Recipes That’ll Impress Your Dinner Guests

Fall is here! Pumpkins are displayed in storefronts, dew is dancing on windows at dusk, PSLs are brewing around the clock, and scarves are re-emerging as everyone’s go-to accessory. Thanksgiving Dinner Fall also means Thanksgiving, which is just days away! Are you in charge of cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, ...

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Vegans of PMK: Hillary’s Story

Vegans of PMK: Hillary’s Story

Everyone chooses veganism for personal reasons. WHY VEGANISM Some choose veganism to support animal rights and the dignity of non-human lives; some “go vegan” as an expression of environmentalism and their commitment to preserving our ecological system; some ditch meat and animal byproducts because of the endless health benefits they ...

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It’s About The Taste, Not The Look

It’s About The Taste, Not The Look

We all know that true beauty comes from the inside, for both people and food. Like diamonds in the rough, some of the most beautiful veggies are the ones with their roots intact and with imperfections in their skin. It’s What’s on The Inside That Matters Most Putting aesthetics aside, ...

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Vegan Friendly Fashion: A Fusion of Food & Fabrics

Vegan Friendly Fashion: A Fusion of Food & Fabrics

Veganism is about more than the food you choose to eat it’s about the philosophies you adhere to, the way you treat living animals, and the clothing you wear. Once immersed in the vegan lifestyle, it’s easier than imagined to find clothing and accessories that are produced with sustainable, eco-friendly, ...

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PMK’s Vegan-Friendly Tees & Tanks

PMK’s Vegan-Friendly Tees & Tanks

PMK’s not only in the business of food we’ve been cooking up some vegan-friendly fashions as well! Honesty & Authenticity, In Food & In Fashion Just like our ingredients, we chose the best organic, natural, cruelty-free, ethically-made, locally-sourced, Canadian apparel company to create our vegan-friendly Tees and Tanks. Jerico is ...

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What’s on Your Bookshelf?

What’s on Your Bookshelf?

Instruction guide. History textbook. Anthropology encyclopedia. Health manual. Geography lesson. Where can you find information this diverse, spanning this many fields, in a single tome? Cookbooks. Cookbooks rarely contain simply recipes—many also contain great information about culinary history, geography, anthropology, and agriculture. Even without the recipes, the meals we cook ...

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An Evening With Dr. Will Tuttle at PMK

An Evening With Dr. Will Tuttle at PMK

Plant Matter Kitchen very proudly hosted an evening with Dr. Will Tuttle on September 11th, 2016. Dr. Tuttle is an award-winning author, advocate, activist, spiritualist, vegan, educator, speaker, and musician. His multi-faceted work demonstrates his sincere compassion and justice for people and animals alike. AUTHOR Dr. Tuttle is an award-winning ...

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Happy National “I Love Food” Day!

Happy National “I Love Food” Day!

At PMK, we LOVE food!—vegan food, organic food, plant-based food, local food, and especially, food made with love. Brought to you by Foodimentary, National “I Love Food” Day is a day reserved for indulging and enjoying menu favourites. From appetizers to desserts, sweet to savoury, our PMK menus are equipped ...

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Move over, Moosewood: The face of veganism is changing

Move over, Moosewood: The face of veganism is changing

Veganism, once associated solely with hippies, grassroots communal living communities and farmers markets, has a new reputation—one that’s urban, sleek, and causing investors to take notice. Animal rights, environmental concerns, or health are the three main traditional and philosophical drivers behind choosing a vegan diet. But there’s a new factor ...

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Cheers to National Beer Lover’s Day!

Cheers to National Beer Lover’s Day!

Today is National Beer Lover’s Day—and we love ourselves some chilled,robust, distinctive, locally-brewed beer at Plant Matter Kitchen. This day was apparently founded by John-Bryan Hopkins, who is the creatorof Foodimentary, the official go-to source for food holidays. On the day when folks were celebrating National Acorn Squash Day, Hopkins ...

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Cooking With Organic Oils & Oil Substitutes

Cooking With Organic Oils & Oil Substitutes

“We never use any cheap oils — only organic, cold-pressed olive, coconut, & avocado oil” ~ Glenn Whitehead, co-founder of PMK At PMK, we realize that it’s best to avoid using oil when cooking, but we also realize that that isn’t always possible. In lieu of complete oil-free cooking, our ...

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Having a party? Host it with PMK!

Having a party? Host it with PMK!

When you visit Plant Matter Kitchen, you’re not just coming for a meal, you’re coming for an overall experience of good food, good times, and good company. You’re coming for an experience of nourishment, fulfilment, and calm that extends beyond the food on your plate and into the atmosphere around ...

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Tuesdays Aren’t Tuesdays Without Tacos

Tuesdays Aren’t Tuesdays Without Tacos

Tacos are for Tuesdays—and today’s the day! Taco Tuesday dates back to 1989, when it was registered for a trademark by the Mexican food chain restaurant Taco John’s. It has since been used by restaurants near and far, including at Plant Matter Kitchen. Every Tuesday we subvert tradition by creating ...

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From Toronto to Wortley Village: A New Vegan Eatery is In Town

From Toronto to Wortley Village: A New Vegan Eatery is In Town

Plant Matter Kitchen founder Glenn Whitehead and his family have long been travelling to Toronto to experience its vibrant, tasteful, vegan restaurant scene. After endless weekend road trips down the 401 to enjoy vegan fare, they decided it was time to bring the vegan food scene to the London community. ...

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Are You Tying The Knot, Vegan Style? Let PMK Help!

Are You Tying The Knot, Vegan Style? Let PMK Help!

Weddings are about the celebration of vows; about love, commitment, promise, and of course, the couple themselves. But, they’re also about so much more—the flowers, the decor, the venue, the party, the theme, the dresses, the tuxes, and the menu! Did you know that on Pinterest, the go-to place for ...

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The Grandest of Openings

The Grandest of Openings

During Plant Matter Kitchen’s Grand Opening on August 11th, people came hungry, hearts went home full, and lots of friends were made. The evening reminded co-owners Glenn Whitehead and Melanie Wendt just why they opened this vegan eatery to begin with—to gather like-minded people under one roof, so they could feed ...

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Calling All Members of The London Community

Calling All Members of The London Community

Located at 162 Wortley Road, Plant Matter Kitchen is here to engage all members ofthe community. All are welcome, all are appreciated While apolitical in its own philosophy, the eatery welcomes and engages the vegancommunity in all of its efforts, activism, and perspectives. From the radicals to theyogis, the kitchen ...

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Slow Food is Better Food: Join The Movement

Slow Food is Better Food: Join The Movement

STOP. BREATHE. NOURISH. FULFILL. HELP. These 5 words represent Plant Matter Kitchen’s philosophy and how it relates to the Slow Food Movement. From their food, to the way they cook, to how they engage the community, Plant MatterKitchen proudly adheres to the tenets of this movement by recognizing that fast ...

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The Sanctuary That’s Saving Farm Animals

The Sanctuary That’s Saving Farm Animals

A safe haven for animals rescued from slaughter farms, Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary has rescued hundreds of farm animals since it opened in 1999. The outgrowth of a wildlife rescue farm, Cedar Row’s first rescue was of six pygmy goats who, once nourished and cared for, grew to each weigh ...

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