VegHead Profile: Luke MacCormick

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on the blog as the last couple of months have brought graduation from Dickinson College, a move to Philadelphia, and a continuing job search. I’m just beginning my post-college, alumni life, so I think it’s fitting that this VegHead profile is from a friend of mine at Dickinson, Luke.

I’d sum up Luke as a really cool, kind, and chill guy who radiates calmness. He was one of my housemates at the Treehouse the first semester of my senior year, and many days I’d look out of the gym window to see him bike past with his messenger bag and iconic sweater. My friend and housemate Emma and him would go to the weekly Carlisle Farmers’ Market and cook up a meal with their spoils. Luke is spending his summer working on Dickinson’s organic farm in Boiling Springs, PA, and I’m excited to share his profile on how he developed a passion for sustainability and what he’d like to spend his time doing in the future.

Quick Facts

Name: Luke MacCormick

VegHead Status: Pescetarian

Age: 22

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Norwich, Vermont, USA

Current Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA

Occupation: Student at Dickinson College

Companion Animals: Puff and Muffin, my two cats, are my favorite thing about going home after a semester or for a break.

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VegHead Profile: Julia Ormond

Julia is a member of my graduating class at Dickinson College, and I got to know her through mutual friends when I lived in the Treehouse. Whenever I’m around her, she exudes a genuine and calm but also energetic and cheery aura. I think Julia makes the world a better place just by being herself. In this VegHead Profile, she shares the reasons she’s been eating more plants, her goals for traveling, and what she hopes comes next after graduation

Quick Facts

Name: Julia Ormond

VegHead Status: Vegan-ish

Age: 22

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Oakland, California, USA

Current Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA

Occupation: Student at Dickinson College, WDCV-FM Station Manager, Whistlestop Bookshop employee

Companion Animals: Java, a chocolate Labrador puppy who is almost 1 year old and is very much a wild animal toddler.

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VegHead Profile: Maizie Ober

Maizie is a student at Dickinson College who first came to my attention when my campus’s sandwich shop featured a vegan sub suggested by her. The sub was delicious, and I’m really happy to know there’s people out there like Maizie, who produced a short documentary film her senior year of high school called Living the Solution (you can find it here on YouTube). I am personally so excited to see what this woman accomplishes for animals!

Quick Facts

Name: Maizie Ober

VegHead Status: Vegan

Age: 20

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Current Location: Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, USA

Occupation: Philosophy Student

Companion Animals: I have a rescue kitty named Noodlebug, but unfortunately I am allergic to her and most animals!

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Vegan Heaven in NYC: Visiting PeaceFood Cafe

This past week I returned from my family’s spring break trip to Morocco by flying into JFK airport in New York City. I spent the night there crashing on a friend’s sofa since it would have been another three-hour train ride to central Pennsylvania. Not only did I get to catch up with my high school friend, but I also treated myself to a meal at one of New York City’s vegan restaurants! I chose to go to PeaceFood Cafe on 82nd Street in Manhattan, and I have zero regrets. So in this post, I’ll share what I ate at PeaceFood and what the restaurant is all about.

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VegHead Profile: Emma Caplan

Quick Facts

Name: Emma Caplan

VegHead Status: Vegetarian

Age: 22

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Portland, Oregon, USA

Current Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA

Occupation: Undergrad Student at Dickinson College

Companion Animal(s): I currently have one dog, a Corgi named Ruby who I raised from a puppy. She lives with my parents since I don’t live at home. I also have a horse named CC, and when I was younger I learned how to ride her and I rode her for years. We basically grew up together because she has been with me all of my life, and she is the first companion animal I ever had.

Ruby the Corgi
CC the horse

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VegHead Profile: Joe Benham

Joe, like fellow VegHead Trevor, is another vegan that I’ve been introduced to by Rachel but I’ve actually never met in person (but really want to!). This is one of my favorite VegHead profiles because of the photos of Joe’s animal friends from his time volunteering at an animal sanctuary in France. Who can resist those goats and cows? Keep reading to meet Rhea and Zephyr, the films that influenced Joe’s shift to veganism, and why California rocks Joe’s socks.

Quick Facts

Name: Joe Benham
VegHead Status: Vegan
Age: 24
Pronouns: He/His
Hometown: Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
Current Location: Brixton, London, United Kingdom
Occupation: Fellowship Intern at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

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My First Time Making Plant Milk + Nut Milk Bag Review

This Wednesday was an exciting day for me: After almost four years of being vegan, I made my own plant-based milk! Writing my post on everything to know about vegan milks made me want to get some hands-on experience. I decided to try oatmilk, since oats are much cheaper than nuts. All I needed was water, oats, a blender, and something to strain with. I let myself splurge a bit and purchased a pair of beautiful, reusable nut milk bags made of organic cotton from a responsible company for straining, since I knew there would be lots of other recipes I would use them for. Once I had made the oatmilk, I also added canola oil, salt, and vanilla. Here’s a step-by-step photo guide to my experience.

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VegHead Profile: Kat Bansemer

Kat is one of my favorite Instagrammers and vegans. Her vegan food posts, whether its homemade or from a restaurant, make me risk getting hungry every time I open Instagram. She also makes me want to run out and buy all the bath bombs, cute clothes, and makeup I can. Kat and I went to the same high school in Germany, and the only contact we’ve had since is through social media, but our veganism brings us together! This VegHead Profile was one of my favorites to write since she gives such awesome recommendations. My advice? Check out her YouTube channel here!

Quick Facts

Name: Kat
VegHead Status: Vegan
Age: 22
Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: I’m a military kid, so I don’t have one!
Current Location: San Marcos, Texas, USA
Occupation: Instructional Assistant in the history department of Texas State and Graduate Student

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The Complete Guide to Plant-Based Milk

Swapping out cow’s milk for lactose-free vegan milk made from plants is probably the easiest change you can make for animals and the planet. Vegan author Carol J. Adams even features this switch as Daily Action #1 in her book Protest Kitchen. These milks are made from a wide range of beans, nuts, seeds, and grains. Boxes, bottles, cartons, and cans of plant-based milk can be found in grocery stores across the world, and new flavors and brands are showing up on the shelves all the time. I regularly stock my fridge with vanilla, chocolate, unsweetened, and plain flavors depending on what taste I’m craving and what I plan on cooking or baking. You can even make your own plant milks at home by soaking unsalted nuts like almonds and cashews, seeds, or grains in water overnight, blending them, and straining the mixture through a cheesecloth.

But maybe you don’t know what plant-based milk to try, or if plant-based milks can stack up to the nutrition in cow’s milk. What vegan milk should you use for what in the kitchen? What are the environmental impacts of different plant-based milks? Is soy bad for you? Read on to answer these and other questions!

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VegHead Profile: Rachael Moore

Rachael Moore graduated from Dickinson College in the summer of 2018, and for the year before that she was our house “mom” at the Treehouse, or Center for Sustainable Living, at Dickinson. I had a chance to visit her last July at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, during their field day, and see her passion for agriculture in action. I think of her as a huge proponent for self-care and wellness, as well as a master of aesthetic sustainability. Read on to learn how being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes changed Rachael’s relationship with food and our food system, what’s on her travel bucketlist, and the experience that turned her towards vegetarianism.

Quick Facts:

Name: Rachael Moore
VegHead Status: Vegetarian + Conscious Consumer
Age: 23
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Muncy, Pennsylvania, USA
Current Location: Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Occupation: I work as a Research Technician. I’m assisting a group of researchers in studying organic and conventional agriculture, and I think I’m pretty lucky to wake up and do it every day!
Companion Animal(s): I have a cat named Ginger. She was 4 months old and living as a barn kitten when I adopted her. Living alone can be lonely and she has been an exciting addition to my apartment.

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