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Sunday Sept 28: Shokazoba Shuttle to NYC ‘Walk for Farm Animals’

Posted by on 17 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: Our Travels

On Sunday September 28th The Vegan Bus will be transporting members of the local Afrobeat band Shokazoba to New York City to perform at Farm Sanctuary’s Annual Walk for Farm Animals.

Other entertainment and speakers that day will include Princess Superstar, vegan iron man Brendan Brazier, Senator Liz Kreuger, Mercy for Animals Director of Campaigns Freeman Wicklund, Farm Sanctuary Executive Director Jeff Lydon, and indie songstress Bess Rogers.

This is a fantastic way to raise awareness about institutional animal abuse while raising funds for Farm Sanctuary‘s vital rescue, advocacy, and education efforts. Email nyc@walkforfarmanimals.org with any questions. Thank you for taking compassionate action!

Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, New York, and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. The Walk for Farm Animals helps fund and raise awareness about these vital, education and advocacy efforts.

Walks occur throughout the country every fall – on or around October 2 – in honor of World Farm Animals Day.

Shokazoba and friends will be taking up most of the space in our bus, but there might be a little room for a couple more people. Please contact us through the contact form on this website if you are interested.

Going To The Farm Sanctuary Hoe Down!

Posted by on 01 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: Events, Our Travels

Farm Sanctuary Goat Dino eating flowers

The Vegan Bus is happy to announce our first big event this year. We will be taking the bus from Northampton, MA to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY for their annual Hoe Down event, which they describe as

a rootin’ tootin’ weekend of animal-friendly activities at our farm in Watkins Glen, New York. This annual event draws activists from all across the U.S. and Canada for presentations and workshops, visit time with friendly farm animals, delicious veggie food, and, of course, plenty of lively entertainment.

Country Hoe Down guests can also camp on the farm with other animal-friendly folks, enjoy catered vegan meals, hop on hayrides, hang out around a warm bonfire, and meet and greet our shelter residents. And, as if that wasn’t enough, we will also be offering early bird yoga classes on Saturday and Sunday, and chances to join author George Eisman on his ever-popular Wild Edibles Hike.

As always, Saturday night will be devoted to celebration, as we invite guests to throw on their dancing shoes and get down at our festive barn dance. For those attendees more comfortable off the dance floor, we will also provide a toasty bonfire under the stars to which guests are encouraged to bring their musical instruments!

Departure Time: Friday, August 1st at 11AM.
Return Time: Sunday August 3rd by 9PM

Itinerary: We will leave on Friday morning at 11am from Northampton, MA. We estimate the ride to take between 7-8 hours (It is under six hours by car but the bus can’t go quite as fast). We will bring a vegan picnic lunch to serve everyone mid-way along the trip. We encourage you to also bring your own snacks! We hope to arrive in time to set up tents while it is still light.

Friday Night there is a bonfire. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, musical instruments and vegan marshmallows! For the Itinerary on Saturday thru Sunday please see Farm Sanctuary’s Hoe Down Schedule of Events. We plan to leave Sunday by 1PM (after the provided Vegan Lunch) unless everyone decides they want to stay longer based upon our actual travel time on the way there. We hope to be back in Northampton no later than 9PM.

Tickets: Farm Sanctuary charges $85 registration fee for the event, which is included in our $120 round trip ticket. You will need to bring camping gear and snack food plus clothing for the weekend. There are no showers available at the farm but we can provide a trip into town to go swimming or to a shower facility on Saturday. There are bathrooms and running water at the farm.

Bus is full, event is sold out!

Once we have people registered we will decide on where to depart from in Northampton. We are willing to pick people up from their homes if they are within a reasonable distance from downtown Northampton. We will be traveling on the MA Pike from Springfield to the NY State Thruway past Albany and Syracuse. We can possibly pick up passengers along the way as long as we don’t have to go more than 5 miles off of our route.

If you have any other questions please feel free to Contact Us.

Vegan Bus Gearing Up For 2008!

Posted by on 05 May 2008 | Tagged as: Our Travels, The Bus Blog

The Vegan Bus in Nevada 2007

Our web site has been a bit quiet lately, and I apologize. The bus was taken off the road for the winter in order to save money on insurance. We found out on a trip to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in November of 2007 that the heating system was not adequate, and doing any kind of remodeling on the bus in the midst of a harsh New England winter did not seem like much fun.

Now that the trees are budding, the flowers are blooming, and the grease is becoming more viscous, we are looking forward to getting the bus back on the road!

July 24, 2008: We regret that we will not be taking the Vegan Bus to Burning Man this year due to finances and circumstance. We look forward to doing it up right in 2009…

Burning Man 2008!
The BIG news is that we have decided to go to Burning Man again this year! Last year we got the bus less than a month before we drove 3000 miles to Nevada and it made for some stress and frantic work schedules. This year we have more time to plan and more experience to contribute, so it should be a smooth ride… he he. The exact dates are still to be determined, but it will be the last part of August through the 1st week of September.

We are looking for some new riders this time around, to mix things up a bit and keep it fresh. Anyone who is somewhere between Northampton, MA and the Black Rock desert in Nevada is welcome to apply, just contact us through this site! We will provide a earth-friendly ride, vegan food and optional camping. We are willing to veer a bit off route to pick people up. Check out the route we took last year for an idea of the route this year.

August 1-3: Farm Sanctuary Hoe Down
We have a weekend trip to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY planned for people who want to take a shorter trip and see one of the most peaceful and inspiring places on the planet. Here is the blurb from Farm Sanctuary’s site about that:

Join like-minded animal advocates for an energizing and educational weekend conference at our New York Shelter. Offering up-to-date information on critical farm animal issues, groundbreaking campaigns, and effective advocacy strategies, the Hoe Down is an inspirational event for activists of all experience levels. Highlights include an exciting lineup of animal protection speakers, shelter time with the animals, delightful vegan food, and an evening barn dance.

We will provide travel and the option of sleeping on the bus, or you can bring a tent. Prices TBA.

We will also be doing some day trips to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY.

If you are interested in hearing more about upcoming events, or participating in the Vegan Bus project in any way, please sign up for our email list here:

Star Drooker Polaroid Grid

Posted by on 19 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: Art, Our Travels

Star Drooker Polaroid Grid of Derek Goodwin in the Vegan Bus

On our way to Burning Man 2007 we stopped somewhere for something, and Star created this Polaroid photo grid of me sitting in the driver seat of the bus staring out into the evening’s golden sunlight. Photographers sometimes call this “god lighting” or something akin to that. It makes skin glow.

Check out more of Star’s grids at his Salmonboy Studios web site. Star is also the owner of a vegan cafe in Northampton, MA called Cafe Evolution, where one can see lots of his amazing photo grids up close and in person. Evolution is also the home of Oh Sweet Mama’s Vegan Bakery.

The Vegan Bus At Burning Man!

Posted by on 23 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: Our Travels

Burning Man

We are happy to announce that we will be camping at Vegcamp this year! For those of you going to Burning Man, you can find us at 7:30 on the Esplanade.

Vegcamp is a vegan theme camp with a giant video screen which plays animal rights videos all night long. They also do outreach by giving talks and food demonstrations. The Vegan Bus will be parked somewhere within the camp, look for a big green schoolbus! Please come visit us and party with us on the playa!

Burning Man Dates and Route!

Posted by on 28 Jun 2007 | Tagged as: Our Travels

Burning Man Map

We are very close to getting a bus, and our maiden voyage will be to Burning Man 2007. The theme of the festival is The Green Man and the entire city infrastructure for 40,000 people will be powered by Bio-Fuel! We will be driving from Northampton Massachsetts to the Black Rock desert near Gerlach, Nevada where the festival is held every year, in our Bio-Bus.

  • Tentative Date of Departure: Friday, August 24th
  • Expected Date of Arrival at Burning Man: Wednesday, August 29th
  • Leave Burning Man: Sunday, September 2nd (After Temple Burn?)
  • Expected Arrival in Northampton: Thursday, September 6th
  • Days of Trip: 14
  • Days at Burning Man: 5
  • Total Distance (one way): 2,848 miles
  • Total Hours Driving (one way): 42

We have created a GOOGLE MAP OF OUR ROUTE. At the time of this posting the map just shows the route themind of the machine chose for us, but we are hoping to pick up some stray burners and vegans along the way. If you are interested in riding with us for any leg of the journey please let us know. We are willing to bend the route a bit to make new friends, seek out some thrills, and to experience great vegan food!

We will also need people and places along the way to hook us up with grease! If you are or know of a restaurant on our route with used fryer oil to contribute please contact us! We have filters and the equipment to extract the oil from the storage bins and store it on our bus or in our tank. Restaurants usually have to pay to dispose of the oil, so we can help trim the bottom line for purveyors of fried food.

So far the recommended route takes us through:

  • Massachusetts
  • New York State (Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo)
  • Ohio (Cleveland)
  • Michigan and Indiana (Along the border of the two states)
  • Illinois (Chicago)
  • Iowa (Des Moines)
  • Nebraska (Omaha)
  • Wyoming and Colorado (border of two states)
  • Utah (Salt Lake City)
  • Nevada (Burning Man!)

If you aren’t quite shure how you got here and what this is all about check out our site links to learn more about Burning Man, Bio Buses, Veganism and more…

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