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If you’re familiar with CAA’s Instagram, then you’ve probably seen something shared by Stefanie Flasch, social media volunteer for CAA. We’re thankful for Stefanie’s social media savvy and great eye for catchy graphics and attention-getting photos. Read on to learn more about Stefanie and what she loves about doing work that helps make a difference for animals.
Michael Chaney of Project Sweetie Pie recently received national recognition with the Million Gardens Award. The award is part of the Million Gardens Movement, a nationwide project founded by Kimbal Musk (brother of Elon) as a way to educate and support millions of new gardeners to grow their own food.
Michael Chaney’s Project Sweetie Pie teaches north Minneapolis youth about gardening. The project also brings people together to help revitalize neighborhoods and provide healthy food for low-income communities.
The aim of this award is to inspire community gardens while empowering communities on practices of urban agriculture, healthy eating and the necessity of fresh foods in “food deserts.”
To honor this award and the work of Michael Chaney and Project Sweetie Pie, a community celebration was held in north Minneapolis on September 25 with artists, vendors and family in attendance. This event was held at one of the many gardens that are managed and cared for by Project Sweetie Pie — gardens that have been cultivated in vacant lots owned by the City of Minneapolis.
In attendance also was City Of Minneapolis Director of Sustainability, Kim Havey, who on behalf of Mayor Frey and his office created a proclamation declaring September 25, 2021, as the Million Gardens Movement ultimate garden party day in the city of Minneapolis.
Volunteer David Feldmann originally got involved with CAA during our Postcards for Animals mailing initiative earlier this year. Lately, he’s been helping to distribute rewards cards for the Explore Veg Challenge. Read on to find out what inspires David to take action on behalf of animals and why he chooses a plant-based diet.
Wonderful memories were made at Twin Cities Veg Fest on September 19, 2021. Thanks to everyone who came to Harriet Island Park in St. Paul or logged online to attend this major annual event.
CAA is going strong at Macalester College in St. Paul, thanks to the drive and leadership of passionate student volunteers. Mac CAA works to encourage fellow students, the campus community and the larger community to make plant-based food a priority. Yosan Worota, Pallavi Shoroff, and Karla Moreno Polanco head up this group, which is just shy of its first-year anniversary. Read on to find out more about them.
We’re pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Kenny Feldman Animal Advocate Award. We’ve created this award to recognize a person, organization, or business in our community whose amazing work is pushing the ball forward for animals. This year we’re giving the award to Terrell Woods, aka Carnage The Executioner.
Sterling “TrapKing” Davis is a well-traveled, ex-military, music and cat enthusiast who has always loved entertaining and interacting with people. In 2017, he started his own nonprofit, Trapking Humane Cat Solutions, where he focuses on educating, assisting, and doing trap-neuter-return (TNR) and community cat management. Davis’ mission is to change the stereotypes of not only men in cat rescue, but also bridge the gap between Black communities and predominantly white animal welfare organizations. He’s a featured speaker at Twin Cities Veg Fest where he’ll present his talk, “From Rapper to Trapper: you don’t lose cool points for compassion.”
A major highlight of Twin Cities Veg Fest is the amazing lineup of speakers who take the stage and inspire us with their insights. It takes a lot of dedication, organization and communication to bring great speakers to our event. We’re grateful for volunteer Lisa Goddard for taking the reins this year as Speaker Coordinator.
Twin Cities Veg Fest is planned and coordinated by a committee of volunteers dedicated to making the event a success. With September 19 just around the corner, the committee is in high gear putting the final details together for this year’s hybrid in-person and virtual gathering. Meet the festival’s volunteer leadership team. They’re working with our staff and a team of 20 volunteers to orchestrate this year’s festival. Learn what they’re most excited about in 2021.
We’re so excited that Twin Cities Veg Fest is back for 2021—and it’s better than ever! This year, Twin Cities Veg Fest will be a hybrid event with both a virtual experience on EventHub and an in-person return to Harriet Island Park in St. Paul. The festival will be on Sunday, September 19, with new hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.