Come and dance, listen, talk, shake, rattle and roll,.. show your support for a frack free planet!
Extra funds will go to court costs of protectors fighting fracking on the front lines in the UK.
We have wood fired pizza from the Sunshine Pizza Oven, live music from The 20ft Squid Blues Band, Bell Hagg Orkestar and more TBC, DJs DisOrientalist, Chiv, Moonmonkey, bringing global beats and funk and more, and some brilliant inspirational speakers coming to share their learnings…
Please keep checking in for updates, and share, and invite your friends and even strangers… let’s unite to fight fracking!
You are invited to attend the Earth First! Winter Moot, a gathering for people involved or wanting to know more about ecological campaigning and direct action in the UK.
Earth First! is a banner for independent groups who share a common need to protect our ecological systems. We believe in non-hierarchical direct action, to stop and reverse the forces responsible for the destruction of the earth and its inhabitants.
Those taking their first steps into ecological campaigning are warmly welcomed. There will be debates, discussions on campaign planning, updates, support and solidarity, tactics, strategies, community building, sustainable activism and networking including groups campaigning against fracking, incineration, new roads, GM (genetic engineering) and much more..
The Moot agenda will include planning the Earth First Summer Gathering.
Northern Green Gathering will again be held at Bradley Nook Farm, a beautiful organic farm near Ashbourne in the Derbyshire Dales.
Northern Green Gathering is a small volunteer-run environmental/educational gathering focused around sustainable living and green campaigns.
A 4-day camping event with environmental workshops & campaigns, permaculture, organic veggie cafes, stalls, healers & alternative therapies, kids space, theatre & circus workshops, and a showcase of environment living in action, including solar power and wind power.
Veggies hope to be catering. If you can help, contact us!
However by helping an estimated 500 people Eat Vegan we will “offset” 1000 kg CO2.
If ONE customer goes Vegan For Life, they will save 1.5 tonnes CO2 every year, as well as saving 4022 animals lives, and enabling all the world’s peoples to receive a Fair Share of the world’s resources. [refs].
The Earth First! Summer Gathering is the place where people involved in radical ecological direct action – or those who want to be involved – get together for five days of time and space to talk, walk, share skills, learn, play, rant, find out what’s going on, find out what’s next, live outside, strategise, hang out, incite, laugh and conspire.
The workshops, networking and planning of actions at this low impact eco-living camp is organised non-hierarchically. It’s run without leaders by everyone who comes along, so come prepared to chip in!
Peace News Summer Camp, is an annual five-day, family-friendly event that attempts to extol the virtues of a democratic, participatory, renewable-powered and environmentally sustainable society.
The 2017 Peace News Summer Camp will be held at a venue to be confirmed, with local activists – top trainers – revolution – non-violence – learning from other movements – community – glorious countryside.
We have: workshops and discussions, practical skills sessions,delicious vegan food cooked by Veggies, films, fun and DIY entertainment, a bar, campfires, and activities and facilities for kids and families.
We hope to be at the same location at the crossroads from the Old Railway Track, past the Greenpeace Field towards the Stone Circle (Sacred Space).
Our crew places are committed long in advance, but if YOU are at Glastonbury you are welcome to hang out with us and support our campaign catering & vegan outreach with the Food For A Future workshop space.
Belper Goes Green is Transition Belper’s ECO Festival that aims to share simpler, low carbon and environmentally friendly ways of doing things in a relaxed and uplifting way that puts a smile on the face of Belper.
When is the festival?
The dates for 2017 are Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June, plus a beer festival on Friday 2nd June.
Where is the Festival?
Strutts Playing Field, Derby Road, Belper DE56 1UU – the home of Belper Rugby Club next to Babington Hospital and across the road from Strutts Community Centre.
Food By Veggies
We’ll be open on Friday 2nd June from around 6.00 pm for the beer festival in the club house and a full programme of entertainment in the main marquee. On Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th we will be open from 11.00 am – 5.00 pm.
Veggies met up with farmer Jay when catering at Northern Green Gatherings at his inherited family farm. The farm near Ashbourne, Derbyshire is also one of a number of locations used on rotation for Earth First! Gatherings. As vegan campaign caterers Veggies has catered for EF! since the very first gathering in 1991, helping in a small way to maintain a vegan ethos in the grass roots eco-action movement.
It was through the involvement of long term Veggies member Cathy in another Vegan Society project (hospital catering) that the opportunity came about to mention in conversation the potential to veganise Jay’s farm. The rest is, as they say, history, and hopefully a turning point in the transition of many more livestock farms to the compassionate and efficient farming of Food for a Future.
Hosting camps & gatherings can provide a useful income stream for vegan landowners. We will actively encourage the gatherings at which we cater to consider holding events at Bradley Nook Farm. As participants in the Northern Green Gathering (NGG) held there each August, we will urge the organisers to encourage other caterers at the event to honour the compassionate stance of the farm by highlighting vegan options. We know this to be a popular position to take as Nottingham Green Festival has declared a fully vegan ethos from 2017.
Meanwhile Jay has already discussed plans for his new ventures with Derbyshire Dales District Council.
He said: “We’ve got a huge range of brick buildings on the farm which are unused. We’re hoping to turn those into a vegan restaurant, a vegan teaching kitchen and accommodation for people who would like to come and help on the vegetable growing. A vegan holidays sort of thing.” (Derby Telegraph)
Since 1984 Veggies Catering Campaign has saved hundreds of cows by simply selling, with vegan attitude, possibly half a million Veggies Burgers. All those lives were unknown to us, but the path has led to 100 individual living, breathing lives that you can now meet at Hillside Animal Rescue:
Please sponsor Hillside to help the cows – please click here or telephone the Hillside Cow Rescue Helpline on 01603 736200 (9am to 10pm).Please Help the Cows
or by bank transfer donation to…
The Co-operative Bank
Account No: 69668302
Sort Code: 08-92-99
Or by post to Hillside Animal Sanctuary Hill Top Farm, Hall Lane, Frettenham, Norwich, NR12 7LT
A vegetarian farmer has given his herd of cows to an animal sanctuary to protect them from the slaughterhouse.
Jay Wilde, 59, who farms in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, sent 63 cattle to a Norfolk rescue centre as he could no longer bear to send them to be killed.
Mr Wilde, a vegetarian for 25 years, grew up herding cows and took over the family farm when his father died.
“Cows have good memories and a range of emotions. They form relationships. I’ve even seen them cry,” he said.
“It was very difficult to do your best to look after them and then send them to the slaughterhouse for what must be a terrifying death.”
The Hillside Animal Sanctuary near Frettenham said 30 of the cows are pregnant and all the animals “would live out their lives essentially as pets”.
Founder, Wendy Valentine, said Mr Wilde is not the first farmer to have donated his herd.
She recalls a couple who “could not bear to continue dairy farming and kept their cows as pets with the help of the sanctuary”.
Mr Wilde, who switched from dairy farming to organic beef production on the death of his father in 2011, said he always wanted to give up animal production because he “couldn’t believe it was right to eat them”.
He believes dairy farming is particularly hard because calves and cows would often become distressed on separation.
“I’m relieved to have made the decision to no longer farm animals, something which I always found quite upsetting,” he said.
His brother-in-law told him he was “absolutely insane” to give away cattle which could fetch up to £40,000 at market.
He said “a lack of imagination” had previously stopped him switching to arable farming.
Mr Wilde will now be running a vegan organic market farm supplying garden produce without using animal products or fertilisers.
A herd of cows from the East Midlands will be mooing a sigh of relief thanks the kindness of their owner, vegetarian farmer Jay Wilde who has sent them to live out their days in an animal sanctuary.
Leaving their old cattle sheds at Bradley Nook Farm in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, the 59 cows were rehomed in Norfolk at the Hillside Animal Sanctuary on Monday.
A vegetarian for a total of 25 years, Mr Wilde told The Times that he found it “very difficult to do your best to look after them and then send them to the slaughterhouse for what must be a terrifying death.”
“I’m relieved to have made the decision to no longer farm animals, something which I always found quite upsetting,” Mr Wilde said.
“Cows have good memories and a range of emotions. They form relationships. I’ve even seen them cry.”
The herd, worth £40,000 at market, will avoid the abattoir to join the sanctuary’s 300 cattle and 2,000 horses, donkeys and ponies. Mr Wilde has kept ten as “pets.”
The founder of the sanctuary, Wendy Valentine, said Mr Wilde’s cattle could now enjoy their full 25-year lifespans rather than reaching the slaughter age of two to three years.
The sanctuary was started in 1995 to draw attention to the effects of factory farming and needs to raise a minimum of £5m per year to continue to care for the animals.
The donation was organised by the Vegan Society and Mr Wilde now plans to farm organic vegetables free of animal products and fertilisers to sell in the flourishing vegan market.
Tom Kuehnel, the Vegan Society’s campaign officer, told The Independent: “Jay is a real pioneer, which we hope will inspire other farmers to move towards more compassionate and sustainable farming methods that don’t involve animals.”