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  1. Yeah, Tyler last posted on veganfitness.net back in February. He had just come back from an 8 day work trip to Phoenix and back. He works tirelessly for his sign business http://www.astepabovesigns.com/ There is a pretty active(246 members) vegetarian meetup group in Cleveland, seems to have a lot of vegan events on their calendar. http://vegetarian.meetup.com/367/ They list events for other groups on their calendar too, Mercy for Animals has a free vegan dinner coming up on the 31st. They also have a pretty active message board, a great place to get the local vegan scoop http://vegetarian.meetup.com/367/messages/boards/ I organize the Pittsburgh Vegan Meetup which is about the same size and have met some great friends that way.
  2. I was gonna say Tylerm, but then I realized he hasn't posted in two years. Dolt! It also depends on what you mean by close, Veganmadre and I live near Pittsburgh, PA.
  3. Dude, avocados grow on trees, and you're totally forgetting berries like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries on bushes and strawberries on small plants and grapes on vines. You can also grow fruit trees in very small spaces, training them along fences or on trellises, known as the espalier method. http://www.ynurserynews.com/news/7/05/espalier.jpg I would start with some easy to grow things like tomatoes, peppers and zucchini. They can easily be grown in pots and are a good way to get started. After you have that mastered, move on to something else. You're only going to be able to grow spinach in the winter in California. It doesn't like heat, although New Zealand spinach, which isn't actually a spinach but very similar will withstand the heat. You have to watch this video about a family in Pasadena, California who grow almost all of their own food in their suburban yard and also grow enough to sell about 5,000 pounds of veggies in the local community. They also make their own biodiesel which they make from used vegetable oil they get from their customers and use it to run their delivery truck.
  4. Sounds like good times. Have fun.
  5. Sorry, but you can't grow hemp in the U.S. because it's a "free" country. Other than that, yeah I have grown pretty much everything in the past and am starting over again now that we have a new home. We worked on an organic farm for a couple of months last summer and it was nice having fresh organic veggies every day. It was also nice that this farm, while not veganic, used only manure from cows who are protected from slaughter for life and did not use any bone meal, blood meal or fish emulsion. Right now we're growing green onions, broccolli, tomatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, hot banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, habanero peppers, cayenne peppers and bell peppers, peas, spinach, lettuce, carrots, cilantro, basil and spearmint. Some are doing better than others and some have been eaten entirely by the six baby groundhogs living in our yard, or maybe it was the deer. It's also my first time growing in large containers with storebought soils, the ground around our house is likely contaminated with fairly high levels of lead, so we feel it's the safer route right now. The first season is always hard, especially when doing something new like container gardening, but we'll get it together. In the meantime, there are mullberries, black raspberries, blackberries, tomatoes and apples growing wild around our house. Veganmadre has already made mulberry pie, mulberry jam and black raspberry jam from the local wild stuff. I can't wait for the wild grapes to ripen next month. You can buy seeds at wal-mart, Kmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware etc. They aren't hard to find.
  6. No, what it means is that we live in a non-vegan world. Accidentally getting a little D3 in your orange juice is just that, accidental. It happens to the best of us sometimes and it'll happen again to you. You can't run away and live in a vegan cave somewhere, just make the best choices you can every day. If for you, that means growing your own vegetables or even becoming a veganic farmer, then by all means do that. But, maybe for you it's being a strong healthy vegan and promoting the lifestyle that way, or maybe you'll be an awesome vegan t-shirt designer. Heck, you're a vegan, so you're already awesome! Don't sweat the small stuff.
  7. Just make sure it's not organic produce, you don't want any bone meal, blood mealor fish emulsion in your food. http://www.theveganpeople.com/images/smilies/happy0045.gif Got room for a garden? http://www.theveganpeople.com/images/smilies/icon_e_confused.gif O_O Does that make organic food non-vegetarian? I'm about to start crying. Why did people decide to start eating meat... I hate life. There is hope, it just takes time, see the article on veganic farming here viewtopic.php?f=16&t=13715
  8. Just make sure it's not organic produce, you don't want any bone meal, blood mealor fish emulsion in your food. http://www.theveganpeople.com/images/smilies/happy0045.gif Got room for a garden? http://www.theveganpeople.com/images/smilies/icon_e_confused.gif
  9. Florida's Natural uses D3, but I'm not sure about Tropicana. Most of the times it will just say D3 instead of saying cholecalciferol... FH is right, it will say D3 not cholecalciferol, but it's all the same thing and it's all from lanolin aka the yellow gunky oily stuff that accumulates near the skin in sheep's wool.
  10. Eggs come out of a chicken's ass, so I'm guessing a little sheep dandruff isn't a problem.
  11. Nice pics, thanks for posting. It looks like you really know your way around a vegan wiener. I've heard of the Oregon Country Fair, a lot of hippies head there after the Rainbow Gathering. I hope to make it out there some day, really jealous of you west coast folks sometimes.
  12. You can do it yourself if you have an inkjet printer using something like this product available on amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Dark-T-Shirt-Transfers-Iron-8-1/dp/B000LNKNJY/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&s=office-products&qid=1216001800&sr=8-11 If you pick up something locally, make sure it's for dark t-shirts as they make different paper for white or light shirts. If you want longer lasting/higher quality then you'll need a professional shop to help you out. But, it's dirt cheap to do it yourself, not to mention fun.
  13. .357 magnum or .44 magnum? The "magnum" can accomodate a longer round than a standard weapon, allowing for more gunpowder in the load, allowing you to blow a larger hole in whatever you're shooting. Magnum cartridges were originally developed to blast through car doors and body armor used by gangsters during prohibition. If you're going to fire one, I'd reccomend starting with something smaller and getting the hang of it. A magnum load carries a powerful kick and if you're not prepared for it you'll likely end up with the back of your gun planted in your forehead.
  14. If you're trying to have these printed, to get the tie dye on a black shirt, they would likely need to use a heat transfer rather than a real tie-dye or screen printing.
  15. Sorry, I guess that's not plain old ZMA either, found the ingredients on a different site Servings Per Container: 40
  16. I ran across this one today too, don't know if it's vegan but it appears to be. http://vitanetonline.com/images/products/40.gif http://vitanetonline.com/description/13517/vitamins/ZMA-Boost/
  17. They have it, you can click the link in my first post or find it in the Sports Nutrition section. It's called Max Growth P.M. by IronTek.
  18. http://www.theveganpeople.com/images/smilies/hysterical.gif
  19. Canadian Cheerios do not have Vitamin D at all, so other than the gas you're okay. http://www.theveganpeople.com/images/smilies/michael-jackson.gif http://www.cheerios.ca/en/nutrition.html
  20. Now if we could only get the rest of the animals off of the menu too! http://www.metro.co.uk/news/world/article.html?in_article_id=215206&in_page_id=64
  21. Vitamin D3 is cholecalciferol. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholecalciferol
  22. Okay, I concede to I'm Your Man, the U.S. is in fact a nation of lunatic whackjobs! http://www.koco.com/news/16860079/detail.html
  23. Interesting stuff about the Russian Mafia, that is one angle I hadn't even considered. I'm assuming too that if gun laws here got too restrictive, it would open up a huge black market flowing in across the Mexican border. If we can get truckloads of people in, guns shouldn't be too hard. Actually, people are getting harder to get in, guns would be a nice new market for smugglers. We've had an interesting case in the news here recently. A local police officer was a raging alcoholic, so the chief of police impounded the dozens of handguns in the guy's collection, told his wife it was for "safekeeping" and that he'd give them back when the alcoholic officer got himself together. Well, he didn't get himself together, he died actually and the guns never made it home. The wife started having investigators knocking on her door because her husband's guns were being used in crimes all over the region. It turns out the chief of police was selling them on the street to criminals! So yeah, it would be good if only the police had guns, right?
  24. We are THE AMERICA buddy, Canada is just the 51st state. Now shove off you frostbitten hosehead, before I pop a cap in your ass.
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