Melissa Furman

Plant-Based Green Country – Tulsa VegFest

Date grant awarded: June 1, 2019

Tulsa VegFest was started by a dynamic group of Whole Food Plant-Based (WFPB) Tulsans. Co-Founders Melissa Furman & Krisann Polito-Moller formed a 501(c)3 entity, Plant-Based Green Country Organization, in order to create a public event in Northeastern Oklahoma that educates & promotes health & wellness through plant-based living. Their mission is to educate and encourage others for the adaptation to a Whole Food Plant-Based lifestyle in order to build a stronger, healthier Oklahoma with respect to environmental & animal welfare. This event, unique to Northeastern Oklahoma, helps their community join the emerging movement in America for taking charge of personal health through plant-based living and choosing plants over pills. Tulsa is poised to be one of the hubs in the Mid-West for this “food as medicine” movement.
Evidence-based healthy lifestyle events, such as VegFest, are one of the most effective vehicles to promoting well-being through eating a plant-based diet in a fun yet educational atmosphere. Long-range “sister” events, held throughout the year, such as movie screenings, restaurant crawls, and speaker symposiums will continue the education & encouragement thus creating a strong plant-based health culture in NE Oklahoma.

Tulsa VegFest will host 15+ food vendors that are 100% plant-based, and many vendors and exhibitors. One of the key elements of Tulsa VegFest is its speaker line-up. We are bringing in four physicians from out of town who are plant-based experts on the science and evidence behind the nutrition. Local plant-based medical professionals will round off the special presentations with their Q&A session where the audience can ask questions.

Tulsa VegFest is made possible by a dedicated and passionate group of Tulsans who want to share the good news about the benefits to a plant-based lifestyle. It’s good for the body, good for the earth and good for the planet. This special event is presented by the non-profit organization Plant-Based Green Country, and is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and organizational sponsors like Ediblend, Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and Eastern Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Our goal is to grow a healthier community in Oklahoma. VegFest is more than a one-day event. Tulsa VegFest will be a prominent catalyst for healthy change in Oklahoma.