Founded in 2005, The Asheville Vegan Society is a
North Carolina 501(c)(3)non-profit organization.
Our Purpose is to create a compassionate,
enlightened community where veganism is the accepted and respected norm.
Our Vision is to be the go-to resource for vegan education, materials,
community, and support in the Asheville area.
Our Mission is to promote the benefits of a vegan lifestyle through
varied activities and community engagement.
We hold monthly potlucks, have meals out, host speakers and film screenings,
enjoy various social events together, put out a vegan dining guide,
provide education and support, administer the Veg Discount Card program,
host a hugely wonderful ThanksLiving dinner each year,
and have organized four Asheville VegFests in the past.
You can find our events posted on Meetup.
All are welcome to join. We only ask people to honor all animals
by ordering vegan food when dining with us,
and bringing a vegan dish to share when attending potlucks.
~To your health, to the animals, and to the planet~
Meet our Board of Directors:
Ann Green is the current president of AVS. She has been involved in the group since its beginning. She went vegetarian for the animals in 1988; and vegan in 1998. These days, she is vegan for all the reasons. Ann is a retired physical therapist who enjoys mountain biking, making jewelry, genealogy, and studying languages.
John Green went vegan in 2008 after meeting Ann on a mountain bike trail and learning about the environmental impact of animal agriculture. He was shocked that he never learned these facts while in college studying animal science. He is a retired builder/developer and an avid mountain biker.
Laura Beck began her vegan journey in April 2010, when she heard the Food for Thought podcast episode called “The Truth about Eggs”. Her website, Your Vegan Mentor is there to help others transition to veganism. She is an MSVA certified vegan lifestyle coach & educator. She participates in Anonymous for the Voiceless’ Cubes of Truth in 3 different locations, and tries to keep her finger on the pulse of veganism and animal rights. She is a musician and has written 3 original songs with an animal activism angle.
The Asheville Vegan Society has organized four Asheville VegFests in the past. For 2019, we will support Asheville VeganFest by signing on as a sponsor. This festival will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Pack Square Park. Additionally, there will be an Education Day on June 8th. For details, visit their website.
Our Vegan Awareness Week is now our Vegan Awareness Series. We will sponsor or host various events throughout the year in order to spread awareness of the benefits of veganism. Our first event for 2019 was sponsorship of Eat to Live at the Jubilee church, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. This event was very informative about the health benefits of a nutritarian diet.
Our second event for the year is the sponsorship of VeganFest. AVS will be present both days with a table full of helpful information to support everyone in their vegan journey.