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Hello all,

My name is Taven and I recently moved to the US from New Zealand for my job, however this may only last a year or so before I am able to return. I suppose one could say that I am a "convert". I actually decided to give up all meat for Lent (not truly Catholic, but admire the idea), and have only recently been wondering if it is something I can do long-term. In short, I am here for support and ideas on how to get it done, as well as to perhaps discuss some of the issues I have learned about. I would go on, but I imagine that is what the other threads are for. Anyway, good day to all.
 

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What city and state are you living in (if you don't mind my asking)? Depending on where you live, you may find it easier or harder to find local veg*n organizations, vegetarian selections in restaurants, etc.
 

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I am currently living in Midland, Texas. I will be here until August, then likely to San Jose in California. I work in agriculture. I have never been to California though and am very excited....This part of Texas is very flat, and it was extremely hot today. Not a good fit for a North Island Kiwi for which 70 degrees F is summer time. I hear that San Jose is cooler!
 

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Originally Posted by Taven7755 View Post

I am currently living in Midland, Texas. I will be here until August, then likely to San Jose in California. I work in agriculture. I have never been to California though and am very excited....This part of Texas is very flat, and it was extremely hot today. Not a good fit for a North Island Kiwi for which 70 degrees F is summer time. I hear that San Jose is cooler!
Here's a directory of veg*n organizations, both national and broken down by state.

http://www.vegparadise.com/directory.html

Unfortunately, the descriptions of the organizations often use terms other than the city. For example, the Bay Area Vegetarians group appears to cover San Jose.

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Our monthly events include restaurant dinners throughout the Bay Area (SF, \tPalo Alto, San Jose, Oakland, Marin), food & fun-filled Vegan Food Parties \t(aka potlucks), letter writing parties and cruelty protests, camping trips, speakers, films, etc.
We also provide 5 different email lists to connect & support the local \tcommunity. Prior to BAVeg, the largest local mailing list for vegetarianism \twas circa 250 subscribers. We surpassed that number in our first year, and have \tbeen growing steadily ever since.
http://www.bayareaveg.org/about.htm

I'd definitely contact them if I were you.

You might need to contact one of the veg groups in Texas and ask if they know of any group in or near Midland.
 

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Two other thoughts: In the US there is a religious group called the Seventh Day Adventists. They are associated with practicing vegetarianism. You might be able to find some of these groups in Midland, Texas. It might be worth your time to try to attend some of their social events.

Second thought: post in the "Texas" forum on this Board.
 

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Welcome to VB, to the US and to vegetarianism!


You will definitely find it easier to be a vegetarian once you're in San Jose as the Bay Area is very veg friendly. If you have a car you can drive to San Francisco when you have some free time and just enjoy the city.

Two sources to use for searching veg and veg friendly restaurants and grocery stores:

http://www.happycow.net
http://www.vegdining.com
 
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