We have many ideas for projects and campaigns which all have veganism and/or connected concerns such as environmental protection, health issues and social justice at their core. Some of these projects are already underway and some are currently just ideas. If any resonate with you and you would like to be involved, or if you have any ideas of your own please get in touch.
Radical Roots Café
In the absence of a 100% vegan eating venue in the whole of the New Forest we have now set up a pop-up café and event catering company. With a focus on tasty and wholesome food using as many seasonal, local and organic ingredients as possible, we cater for the vegan community whilst bringing vegan choices to the attention of the wider public.
We are currently planning the launch of Radical Roots Vegan Cookery School.
The Ethical Film Club
The Ethical Film Club started because it’s four founders and New Forest Vegans – Juliet, Mike, Vineeta and Tom – wanted to help get the documentary film Cowspiracy into the public domain. 50 plus audience members attended and an enthusiastic Q&A session followed.
As a result The Ethical Film Club now organises regular screenings of ground-breaking, thought provoking and entertaining documentaries that raise awareness of important ethical issues and inspire positive lifestyle choices. Not all the films are vegan-related but none of them promote anything that is speciesist or in conflict with veganism and many relate directly to the vegan message. Early screenings included 97% Owned (the corruption financial/banking system), Bag it! (about plastic pollution), True Cost (exploitation in the fashion industry) and The Future of Energy (renewable energy communities). In 2016 we brought the important plant-based diet documentary Forks over Knives to a new audience at Milford Food Week and Plant Pure Nation to our members.
The aim of Ethical Film Club is to bring into the open new ideas, truths and inspiration to address the important issues we are all currently facing including our health and well-being, preservation of the planet, sustainable food and energy systems, and an end to inequality and exploitation. The approach is one of positive change and community spirit.
Vegan refreshments and snacks are available at all film events to help promote vegan food to a wider public audience.
We have lots of great ideas about taking the vegan message onto the streets – from ethical questionnaires to free vegan food sampling.
Veganic (Vegan, Organic) Forest Garden
Vegan organic/stockfree organic broadly means any system of agriculture or cultivation that excludes artificial chemicals, livestock manures, animal remains from slaughterhouses, genetically modified material and indeed anything of animal origin such as fishmeal. A Forest Garden is a designed agronomic system based on trees, shrubs and perennial plants. These are mixed in such a way as to mimic the structure of a natural forest – the most stable and sustainable type of ecosystem in this climate.
We have plans to set up a veganic forest garden or allotment to supply freshly grown fruit, vegetables, herbs and plants and to give us the opportunity to demonstrate just how abundant and sustainable growing can be without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or any animal body products.