Sprouting New Pods – Boston-Based Potluck

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The reactivated Boston Plant-Based Pod held its second event since the new Group Leader, Adriana Gambino, took over leadership. The Pod, previously called ‘Boston Plant-Based Millennials’, adopted a new name to welcome plant-curious folks of all ages. Attendees shared a potluck meal and discussed plant-based diets, minimalism, and the best new cafes in the area. PlantPure Communities’ Pod Support Programs Manager and Boston-local, Ella Stephens, attended the meeting and was invited to present information about the global Pod Network. The youngest attendee, baby Vada, was thrilled to join the adults and even wanted to try the food herself!

This event was also attended by the Group Leader of the nearby Cambridge Pod. This area has the good fortune of two Pods in close proximity to each other which has allowed for lots of collaboration when planning events, sharing information, and connecting like-minded people. PPC highly recommends joining forces with another Pod if there is one close by!

As the Pod Network changes, develops, and grows, PPC welcomes new Group Leaders with open arms, ready to support them every step of the way. It’s great to see these two Group Leaders working together to create a strong, healthy, sustainable plant-based scene in the Boston area.

Original Submission written by Ella Stephens, PPC Pod Support Programs Manager, on 6/19/19.


Show Me Plants Pod First Get-Together – A Success!

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Show Me Plants had 18 plant-curious folks attend their first Pod meeting, with leaders Kara, Elaine, and Kurt. Kara and Elaine shared their personal stories of how they came to a whole food, plant-based, no oil lifestyle and what the power of a plant-based diet had done for each of them. After reviewing the PlantPure Communities Culinary Philosophy and talking about what it means to eat a WFPBNO diet, Kara demonstrated how easy it is to prepare this food by making a vegetable lentil stew in front of everyone while describing some of the tips and tricks for easy food prep. Next Elaine and Kara shared a dozen strategies for successfully implementing a WFPBNO diet, and Kara shared some advice aimed at those who had significant weight to lose or who were battling type 2 diabetes. Finally, Pod members had a question and answer session and sampled several recipes including Chickpea “No Tuna” Salad, Mexican Quinoa Salad, and Chocolate Mousse.

One man who heard Kara speak about her health transformation at a local bookstore began to implement the changes into his diet right away under the supervision of his doctor. He had such great success that he has been able to discontinue insulin in just a few short weeks of eating a WFPB diet. When he shared his success with the Pod, Kara couldn’t hold back the tears because this is just what she had hoped for. “To think that Elaine reaching out to me on an Engine 2 Facebook group a couple of years ago when I was at my lowest point ever and then me eventually following through and beginning this lifestyle could lead to me completely transforming my health through a complete lifestyle change is amazing,” Kara said. “But what is even more amazing is that because all of those pieces fell the way they did and I am now able to share my story, others are getting the message and transforming their health as well. I hope the ripple effect continues because food is powerful medicine.”

Original Submission received from Kara Bell, Group Leader of  The Show Me Plants Pod in Washington, Missouri on 4/519.


Plant Based Living Winnipeg Potluck

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The Plant Based Living Winnipeg (PBLW) Pod hosted their 9th potluck on March 16, 2019. Less than one year after hosting their first event, they already have need for a larger venue! Only 4 hours after announcing the potluck, it was full (max capacity of the room) with more than a dozen people on the waitlist. At this event, they gave members a sneak peek at the new website for PBLW ( and talked about their plans for the year ahead. Several people from the animal rights community joined the meeting to begin learning about WFPB for health. They talked about how they are all in this together “whether you have come because of the animals, your health, or the environment, it’s important that we form a unified position to influence government policies on food and normalize this way of eating for the public.” Everyone left the meeting very inspired to do more for the cause and also feeling proud to be part of such a forward-thinking organization as PlantPure Communities.

Original Submission received from Michelle Tree, Group Leader of  The Plant Based Winnipeg Pod in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on 3/28/19.