Help Save Furrytale Farm Animal Rescue in Austin!

I friend told me about this story he read on the news. It’s a sad story and I’m hoping this farm rescue operation can raise the money it needs to keep it’s property. We both donated some money and now I’m posting it on this blog in hopes that others will do the same!

Details Below:

The Furrytale Farm in Seattle, WA, rescues abused and neglected domestic and farm animals and gives them a place to stay until adopted, or to spend their final days in comfort. They’re in danger of losing everything due to foreclosure and have until Oct 22 to come up with the funds or vacate. In an awful twist of irony the prospective new owners want to make it a hog farm for pork products.

Now in its twelfth year of operation, The Furrytale Farm is a no-kill multi-species rescue facility that provides its residents with sound nutrition, complete medical care, and a comprehensive rehabilitation program, and its visitors with a new and different concept of compassion and acceptance. If their property gets foreclosed on, these folks and, more importantly, these animals will be homeless. Please help this amazing animal shelter by donating something, anything, today!

Their donation campaign is here:

Their web site is here:


Two Austin Veggie Events for Friday, October 15th

For those of you in Austin, here are two vegetarian food events that will take place this Friday, October 15th. I won’t be able to make it out, but thought some of you might be interested.

Details below:

Beets Living Food Café – First Anniversary and Expansion Celebration

Friday October 15, 2010 @ 6:00pm

This golden nugget is fast becoming the place to be and be seen. The Food Network is featuring Beets Cafe in December, and we are happy to celebrate them now, before you can’t get a table! One year after opening their doors, Beets’ delicious food is gaining famed finger-licking notoriety; but the ambience, is splendid and now expanding! Beet’s is taking their sleek, light and contemporary venue and expanding it next store. So now there is more seating and rooms for parties. Join us as we christin the new space, with free food, wine and live music. This is a party not to miss.

Meet and get samples of:
Zhi Tea
Austintatious Deals
Dragon Fly Wellness Center
Distinct Details

Live Music By:
Tammy Kantor
Katie Gray
The Kate Priestley Band

Door Prizes:

Beets Living Food Cafe

1611 W 5th St. Suite 165

Austin, TX


Best-selling author Terry Walters, whose bestselling first book CLEAN FOOD fueled a nationwide “clean” movement, is coming to teach Austinites how simple and uncomplicated it is to eat cleaner and add more whole foods to their lives. Her new book CLEAN START (Sterling Epicure, November 2010) is an all-you’ll-ever-need guide for a healthy and sustainable approach to eating and living well.

Terry believes that “clean food” is whole, minimally processed and close to the source for maximum nutrition. CLEAN START features easy guidelines and recipes for getting the most nutritional value and taste, while minimizing waste. Terry’s tips are so simple (Eat foods that are grown not manufactured. Eat all 5 tastes. Know the source of your food.), anyone can follow her advice and reap these potential benefits.

For you:

  • Increased energy and vitality with a strengthened immune system
  • Better absorption of vitamins and minerals
  • Healthy weight control

For the environment:

  • Less packaging, waste and contamination
  • Improved local environment and economy
  • Increase in local jobs

I know that Austin loves its whole foods, and thought you might be interested in an interview with Terry to discuss her new recipe collection (including fall recipes – Green Fries, Medley of Pestos, Pinto Beans with Stewed Tomatoes and Spinach)when Terry’s in town on Friday, October 15th.

I realize the date is coming up fast and look forward to hearing what you think!



Sumika Bajaj

YC Media


Gathering of the Tribes Vegan Potluck this Saturday!

Hey fellow vegans and veggies.

Come to the Gathering of the Tribes potluck this Saturday!

This is the first all the vegetarian organizations and establishments in Austin have joined together for a big event.

The potluck will take place at Peace Park this Saturday, 10/2 @ 5pm.

From Brendan, the organizer: “For the first time ever, there’ll be one big event to bring together all the groups, organizations and members of Austin’s vegan, vegetarian, and animal-advocacy community. At Pease Park on Saturday October 2nd we’re having a huge vegan mega-potluck to celebrate the huge year that 2010 has been so far for our community. Our activities and activism, our great food and fun-loving groups have gotten Austin national recognition. Come join in with all your veggie friends! Anyone at all can attend, so please bring friends, especially veg-curious ones! Bring a vegan dish to feed at least 8 people (obviously not everyone will get to taste every little thing at such a huge potluck!), plus your beverages and eating utensils/plates. The other major Austin groups will all be there- Vegetarian Network of Austin, Austin Progressive Vegetarians, Vegan Drinks Austin and Action for Animals Austin. Plus we’re hoping to get as many of our local vegan business owners, restaurateurs, bloggers and “celebrities” to attend as possible.” You can RSVP here: Hope to see you there!

India – Plastic Bag Crochet Project

Not that I’ve been good about posting to this blog lately anyway, but now I’m officially taking a 2-month break.

Why? I’ll be in India teaching people how to crochet with plastic bags! You can learn more about this project here:

And follow up with me on my new blog:


Blog Break: Leaving For India!

I know I haven’t been wonderful at posting to this blog lately anyway, but this is an official notice that I’ll be taking a temporary break from this blog.

The reason is that I’m off to India. I’ll be in India for two months this summer teaching workshops on crocheting with plastic bags. For more info about this,  check out my new blog,

I also just officially launched my project on Kickstarter, an awesome crowd sourced funding site!

You can read more about Kickstarter on my blog post.

And here’s my Kickstarter page:

Video – Weekday Veg

Now here’s an idea that I like!

Check out this video from the founder of TreeHugger:

Why I Love Austin Weather

Sunday it was 80 degrees. We spent all day working on our garden in the sun.

Today it snowed!!