When Meghan was 19, after completing her first year at the University of Toronto, she began her research into animal agriculture. She had stopped eating meat when she was 11—remarkable to have that level of awareness so young—but being a picky eater, she lived on a diet of spaghetti with Parmesan cheese and pizza pockets, so she was reluctant to go fully vegan.
“I spent a summer reading about it online, and Vegan Street was one of my biggest influences. It was one of the only websites that existed about veganism back in 2000, 2001.”
She and her boyfriend at the time went to the Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair. Within an hour of being there, her boyfriend decided to go vegan. “That’s when I realized I didn’t have an excuse anymore. So, I made myself a plan to go vegan slowly over a year; I ended up being vegan within about two or three weeks because it turned out to not be nearly as difficult as I had made it out to be.”
Meghan majored in English at UofT with the idea of becoming a primary or high school teacher. After getting her degree, a teaching assistant position was offered in Quebec, which she accepted as a way to determine if she liked the school environment. Turns out she didn’t.
“I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be in a school all the time, which is why I switched to adult education. With adult and environmental education, it’s a situation where people are reaching out because they want to learn. I’ve taken that passion for teaching and turned it into something that I combine with other things I’m passionate about—gardening and veganism.”
Meghan is referring to her Learn Veganic
online gardening course. Veganic comes from the words vegan and organic. Many vegan gardeners don’t know about the alternatives to using manure, bone meal, etc., and this course provides everything you need to get started growing in a veganic way.