This month, VeganZine is shining the spotlight on… ourselves!
Over 2021 we made some big changes and we have exciting things in the works. What better way to kick off 2022 than to re-introduce VeganZine? We’re starting with the big 5 W questions; who, what, when, where, why and a bonus answer on our how!
We exist thanks to our Zine Team, a wonderful collective of ambassadors who keep VeganZine informed on the happenings of their neighborhood vegan scene. We also offer a few opportunities to local vegan-friendly businesses, organizations, and creators by sharing their stories and mobilizing our community members to support their activities.
For more information on our leadership please visit our About Us page.
VeganZine is a unifying resource helping you Live the Local Vegan Life! Our Zine (pronounced zeen, like the end of the word “magazine”) hosts content that is currently focused on the topics of news, food, lifestyle and community along with other resources.
We are an independent business founded by vegans for vegans. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible to stay current on local stories, support other small businesses, and create meaningful connections with vegans in your area.
VeganZine was founded in February 2020. It felt like the natural next step building upon the efforts Erica and Kayla were engaged in through their own blogs, newsletters, and social media accounts.
Our definition of local is pretty broad, basically we know it when we see it! To be a bit more specific, if it’s created, organized, and distributed in the New England* area, we consider it local. We always try to be as transparent as possible in our content and will be specific as often as possible.
*New England is the Northeastern part of the United States that encompasses Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. It is also important to note that these state lines are a colonial construct built on land that was never ceded by the people and tribes indigenous to the area. Please take a moment to acknowledge what Native Land you are on and learn more about Indigenous rights, history, and culture. Cultural Survival is an organization based in Cambridge, MA whose mission is to advance Indigenous people’s rights and cultures.
VeganZine was founded out of personal need, Erica and Kayla wanted to be involved and engaged in the Boston vegan scene but it took a lot of effort to keep up with it. Instead of relying on various social media channels, groups, newsletters, or other disparate resources Erica and Kayla wanted to make one resource where you could be connected to all the necessary information.
The vegan scene around New England is incredible and each micro-community, niche, and neighborhood within the larger community deserves to be celebrated. Mainstream vegan media and coverage does a great job of highlighting global stories and brands so VeganZine is committed to creating dedicated space for vegan communities on a hyper-local scale.
VeganZine is currently focused on three service areas; our Support Local directory, Spotlight features, and building a community that exists both on and offline. Our goal is to keep all of our services and content as accessible as possible while building up our company.
- Support Local Directory: A growing list of fully vegan and vegan-friendly businesses, organizations, creators, and makers that are local to New England.
- Spotlights: Introducing you to the people and creators who are behind amazing local businesses, organizations, and brands. One major benefit of supporting local is getting to know exactly who you’re buying from and what mission you’re supporting. Facilitating these connections and conversations is crucial to our community’s success.
- Community: We offer a number of ways to get involved with your local vegan community! Discover virtual and in-person events through our free calendar, read or create content to share on our Zine, and connect with us on social media for the latest local vegan updates.
For businesses, organizations, and makers
If you’re interested in VeganZine’s current services or have suggestions of ways we could work together please contact us. We work with businesses of all sizes and offer free services to non-profits as well as sliding scale rates for those with a demonstrated need.
For community members
To apply to join Zine Team for 2022 and become a regular contributor please apply here by 1/31/22. We are actively seeking team members from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and areas of Massachusetts outside of the Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville areas. We are prioritizing space on our ZineTeam for people who are Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color, queer, neurodivergent, and/or disabled. If the online application isn’t accessible for you please email us directly for alternatives.
Thank you for your interest, we are looking forward to connecting with you!