Another day away from the burbs (these kind of events rarely happen in suburbia). It was the first time I attended National Animal Rights Day in Union Square. It began with a moving ceremony memorializing the loss of all the animals who die unnecessarily and continued with a group reading of the Declaration of Animal Rights. Don performed Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings during the memorial ceremony, which made me very proud! Here’s a clip:
After the ceremony, several speakers and musicians took the stage. A group yoga session was included too. What a peaceful way to advocate for animals! It was such and important event and I hope to get more involved next year.
Sometimes this librarian needs a break from the burbs. Last Saturday, I went on a foraging tour in Central Park with “Wildman” Steve Brill. I’ve never really thought about exploring Central Park in this way before and, well, wow, the amount of wild herbs and berries we found along the paths was amazing! Steve identified both edible and deadly plants. We gathered up quite a collection of things, including: wood sorrel (my favorite); poke weed; poor man’s pepper; juneberry; wild lettuce; ailanthus; burdock root; black birch (wintergreen flavor that can be used as a natural aspirin); Japanese knotweed; cattail; coffee (yes, coffee trees in Central Park); and field garlic. I’ve been on the lookout for all of these things, especially the field garlic, which is just incredible. I don’t think I’ll ever forage for cattail – it’s the one thing I’m not comfortable eating. Swamp food just isn’t appealing!
Steve shared some awesome vegan food at lunch – homemade bread with some kind of foraged green pesto, chocolate truffles, and roasted burdock (or some other green, I’m not sure). It was all really good. So, at the end of the tour, I couldn’t pass up purchasing his book, The Wild Vegan Cookbook.
Looking forward to trying some of the recipes!
Welcome to Vegan Librarian in the Burbs, inspired by the fabulous JL Fields, who gave a presentation at The Seed in NYC on how to expand your vegan activism by blogging. She gave lots of great tips that I hope to use in some way. Thank you, JL! Fingers crossed that this turns into something worthwhile.
At the Seed, I got a chance to talk to some great people at Mercy for Animals, Compassion Over Killing and Animal Place and picked up some vegan goodies, including a DVD of the Turlock documentary, Treeline Treenut Cheese and a few other things.
I wish I could have stayed for a few more presentations, but needed to get home to my dogs. I did manage to grab a lemongrass five spice seitan sandwich from the Cinnamon Snail food truck on the way out. It was incredible! Looking forward to trying all the things I picked up.