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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

Newsletters - Winter 2008 Issue

Meet our advisory board:   

In our last edition, the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society announced the creation of an advisory board consisting of friends and colleagues of MHVS who have unique expertise and experience in several distinct fields related to choosing and living a vegan lifestyle. Now let’s learn a bit more about them:

Harold Brown was raised on a cattle farm in Michigan and spent half of his life in agriculture. As Outreach Coordinator for Farm Sanctuary, Harold coordinated a campaign to encourage farmers to adopt sustainable farming practices, and he hosted the AskFarmerBrown.org website. He also appears in Tribe of Heart’s documentary, “Peaceable Kingdom,” where he tells the powerful story of his transformation from beef farmer to vegan farm animal advocate.

Currently, Harold is beginning a new farm animal advocacy organization called Farm Kind. Look for more on this organization in coming months.

Jenny Brown is the director of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Prior to that Jenny had been an activist for over a decade, shooting undercover video for PETA and Farm Sanctuary while working in film and television production. It was during a trip filming undercover at stockyards in Texas that she decided to give up her TV career and dedicate her life to helping the most abused animals on the planet — farm animals. After a year of experience working at Farm Sanctuary, she moved to Woodstock, NY, in 2004, and with her husband Doug Abel founded the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. A haven for critters and people alike, the sanctuary allows visitors to get to know farm animals up close and personal while tying in essential lessons about the horrors of factory farming. Since opening its doors in 2006, the sanctuary has become a popular tourist destination and is now home to over 100 rescued animals and has been involved in the rescue and placement of hundreds of other farm animals in need.

Years ago Frank and Mary Hoffman became aware of the cruelty involved in the raising of veal, and out of compassion decided not to eat veal. By 1987, Mary and Frank were vegans. Through the Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family Foundation, the web site www.allcreatures.org  and many other activities, Frank and Mary are involved in helping others to become aware of the health, compassion, and environmental benefits of a vegan lifestyle. The Hoffman's are life members of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society and provide web host services at www.mhvs.org


Matt and Mary Kelly are cofounders of the Berkshire Vegetarian Network, a neighboring regional vegetarian group. Berkshire Vegetarian Network is an organization presenting potlucks and other programs in the Berkshire region. They bring in nationally know speakers to events at least twice each year. Matt and Mary also frequently come over the river and through the woods to attend MHVS events.

Milton Mills, M.D. is associate director of preventative medicine at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). He has been instrumental in PCRM’s campaign to highlight the dairy bias in the U.S.’s Dietary Guidelines, particularly in the context of lactose intolerance and racial differences. Milton is the lead plaintiff in PCRM’s class action lawsuit that asks for warning labels on milk. Milton is available to provide several excellent presentations on topics including “Are we Designed to Eat Meat”, “Preventing and Curing Diabetes” and “The Biology of Disgust.”

Kathy Stevens is a former English teacher and lifelong animal lover who was raised on a horse farm. As founder and director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, she has combined her passion for education with her care for critters. Catskill Animal Sanctuary has rescued over 1,200 animals and introduced uncounted visitors to horrific histories of abused animals and the inspirational healing of those who have been rescued. Its programming includes on-site tours, field trips for schools and other community-based organizations, presentations at schools, churches, and conferences, and vegan cooking classes. Kathy is author of “Where the Blind Horse Sings: Love and Healing at an Animal Sanctuary.”  

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