Cayuga Deer March for Compassion a success!

Here’s a jam-packed update from our friends at Read on for photos from Ithaca Festival, and ways that you can help protect the deer living in our region – including an important meeting on Monday night…


Animal Rights Sharing Circle

Animal Rights Sharing Circle
Facilitator: Ari Moore,, 607.821.0654
Date: Tues. June 15, 7-9pm
Location: Fur People House, 212 N. Plain St. #1 (bottom buzzer)

Interested in veganism or animal rights but aren’t sure where to start? Join us for a facilitated dialogue about animal rights and how these issues relate to other struggles. This will be a safe, nonjudgmental space for us to talk about our feelings and ideas about animals, while enjoying some vegan treats. Seasoned activists / vegans welcome too – let’s learn from each other!

RSVP: Facebook | Wishing Well

This is an Ithaca Freeskool class – learn more and see the full schedule here.

Plant Based Eating Challenge

5 day series: Saturdays 11 – 12:30pm May 1, August 15 & June 5

  • Learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet
  • Get tips about what to eat
  • Enjoy delicious lunches and sample foods
  • Challenge yourself to a one month of plant foods and see how you feel!

YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County
Graham Rd. West
Ithaca, New York 14850

COST: YMCA MEMBERS $60.00 Non-members 105.00. Registration Required. YMCA Members and Non-members welcome – for registration information contact the YMCA.

CONTACT: Laurie Cuomo, 607-257-0101

(Via Wishing Well Magazine)

Southern Night: April 10th at Food For The Planet

Food For The Planet: April 10th we celebrate the end of the civil war with Southern Night! Specials will include: Grits or Biscuits and gravy for brunch. Dinner options include BBQ’d tofu, Collards, Pecan Pie and some other regional surprises. Bless your little Yankee hearts, of course we’ll have sweet tea and lemonade.

Giving Tree Cafe spreads roots on Stewart Avenue

Any vegan who’s been through Ithaca recently will remember ABC Cafe, up on the hill between Cornell and downtown Ithaca. Ah, how I loved their giant buckwheat pancakes back in college! And some of us Ithaca vegans met up there for pizza nights, just last year.

Anyway, ABC closed. It wasn’t 100% vegan but it was a homey place we loved for its vegan-friendliness and its open mics and all the nice people who worked there, and we were sad to see it go.

Until now! Read on for exciting news about ABC’s new incarnation, Giving Tree Cafe, opening Wednesday, January 13th.

Vegan Raw Food Potluck at Schultzie’s

Please join us for a raw food potluck at Schultzie’s house, 120 Highland Place, Ithaca, top floor (near Stewart, Williams, and Eddy St, toward the Cascadilla Gorge), this Sunday Dec 13th at 6:30 PM.

It is helpful to bring a plate and utensils. Any friends are welcome. If you’ve got time, please bring a fresh plant-based dish to pass, withholding animal-sourced foods such as honey, eggs, milk, butter, cheese, and flesh.

Recipe ideas are at

Call 607-592-7564 or 273-4797 if you have any questions. Click here to RSVP and share on Facebook.

Yet another delicious vegan Thanksgiving option: Food for the Planet

Originally uploaded by Shira Golding

Join Food for the Planet for a vegan feast with local foods and local vegans!

House made tofuturkey, created with local tofu, quinoa stuffing, roasted leeks and root vegetables, desserts and beverages will be available at a fixed price of $18 for adults, and $10 for kids 12 years old and under.

Please RSVP by November 22nd by calling (607)319-4977 or emailing Space is limited.

If anyone goes and takes photos or wants to tell us what you thought of the food, please comment!

Pick out a deer to represent at tonight’s protest & meeting!

cayuga deer signTonight’s Cayuga Deer protest will be focused on the individual animals whose lives hang in the balance. The organization has designed signs with photos of our local deer who live in and around Cayuga Heights, and they’re asking us to pick out one of these vulnerable animals so we can be their voice at tonight’s meeting of the Village Trustees. Click here to see some of the individuals who need your help.

The Cayuga Heights mayor and trustees are well on their way to implementing what is essentially a deer extermination program. After they’ve determined they have 20 deer in the village who are sterilized and tagged (including many who were already sterilized through a prior program), they have left the door open to killing every remaining deer found within the village borders, and they hope to do all the killing in one year. That means these animals need your help NOW. There’s no time to waste!

Please join Cayuga Deer at the protest tonight, and encourage others to attend as well.

Monday, Oct. 19
6:30 PM – Peaceful Protest
7:00 PM – Public Comments at Trustee Meeting
Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca (across from Community Corners) (Map)

It Ain’t Easy Being Green: Memoirs of a Veggie Cowgirl

Erin McNellis went veggie while living in Ithaca – and now she’s our first guest author! “Being in such a progressive place definitely influenced my decision,” she told me, when she sent this piece in for the site.

It Ain’t Easy Being Green: Memoirs of a Veggie Cowgirl
(Note: names have been changed to protect the innocent!)

I became a vegetarian reluctantly. My two best friends in high school were vegetarians, so for years I had no choice but to champion the life of the carnivore. While Kate and Jessica wrinkled their pretty noses, I was the girl going out with the boys for all-you-can-eat ribs at Big Ed’s Barbecue. I believed in the food chain, meat was delicious, but also – and not unimportantly – eating meat marked me as a different kind of girl, one who made dirty jokes and drank hard liquor and just might be talked into a ride on the mechanical bull in the back of Big Ed’s.