I’m Shemirah Brachah. My daughter Michelle Johnson and I founded the Ful-Mont
Veg Group (now the Vegan Venue) after attending the North
American Vegetarian Society’s annual Summerfest in 2000.
I’ve been a vegetarian since 1988 and a vegan since
2000. Vegetarianism/Veganism has been a life-changing experiencing for
me. I never used to enjoy cooking, but I find vegan cooking to be
challenging, interesting, satisfying and most enjoyable!
I’m always interested in talking with folks about
veganism, so I’d love to hear from YOU!
Heidi & Daniel Fox
Heidi: I have been vegan since I was born in 1976 at
the headquarters of the American Vegan Society & the North American
Vegetarian Society (NAVS). When I was about four, my parents and I moved
to upstate New York, bringing NAVS with us. One of my highlights growing
up, and now as an adult, is attending the Vegetarian Summerfest, the
annual conference of NAVS. Through out my life, veganism has been very
important to me because I love animals so much.
Daniel: I was born vegan in 1981. I started eating
meat when I was about 12 years old (Heidi says I was just being
rebellious, probably true). I became vegetarian after hearing one of
Howard Lyman's talks at Vegetarian Summerfest 2002 (which I have
attended every year of my life). I became vegan again a few months later
after watching Truth or Dairy and several other films about the dairy
Our cats are part of our vegan family as well. They
have been living on a healthy vegan diet since they have joined our
family. Left to right: Sasha, Cody, Sweetie, China, & KiKi. Sweetie has
recently passed away; she is missed very much.