ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

Plant Based Roots strives to promote the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle through networking opportunities, educational programs, and social events.

We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization since 2017 and support our community members who want to learn and live a plant-based lifestyle. We believe our food choices have a great impact on human health, animal welfare, environment, and social justice. Plant Based Roots will empower individuals to make an informed decision through our programs and public events as well as provide resources to the community in need.

“This was my first year attending VegFest, and I really enjoyed it. I discovered several seriously yummy vegan treats, many of which will be added to my regular shopping list.”

Jen Jones

GR VegFest 2017 attendee

“I just moved from Seattle, which is a vegan-strong community, and I was beyond impressed with the amount of participation across the board here in Grand Rapids! What a wonderful vegan community! From numerous local talented people, companies, vegan products, animal rescues, sanctuaries, medical professionals, healthy food, and positive energy, it was an absolute WOW!! I’m very excited to be a part of this community and look forward to watching it grow and grow! Thank you for all of the hard work – it truly showed!! Cheers!”

Kristin Wuhrman

GR VegFest 2017 attendee

OUR MISSION

Plant Based Roots strives to promote the benefits of a plant based lifestyle through networking opportunities, educational programs, and social events.

“This was my first year attending VegFest, and I really enjoyed it. I discovered several seriously yummy vegan treats, many of which will be added to my regular shopping list.”

Jen Jones

GR VegFest 2017 attendee

“I just moved from Seattle, which is a vegan-strong community, and I was beyond impressed with the amount of participation across the board here in Grand Rapids! What a wonderful vegan community! From numerous local talented people, companies, vegan products, animal rescues, sanctuaries, medical professionals, healthy food, and positive energy, it was an absolute WOW!! I’m very excited to be a part of this community and look forward to watching it grow and grow! Thank you for all of the hard work – it truly showed!! Cheers!”

Kristin Wuhrman

GR VegFest 2017 attendee

WHO WE ARE

Plant Based Roots began by the founders of Grand Rapids VegFest with a desire to provide a network that inspires a plant based lifestyle. Whether you are new to the idea of living plant based, have been embracing plant based for many years, or are Interested in learning and experiencing the benefits, you’ve found a welcoming community. We love sharing our passion for plant based living with others! Join us for social events, education programs, and opportunities to walk alongside others also seeking a more vibrant life. We’re here for you!

WHO WE ARE

Plant Based Roots began by the founders of Grand Rapids VegFest with a desire to provide a network that inspires a plant based lifestyle. Whether you are new to the idea of living plant based, have been embracing plant based for many years, or are Interested in learning and experiencing the benefits, you’ve found a welcoming community. We love sharing our passion for plant based living with others! Join us for social events, education programs, and opportunities to walk alongside others also seeking a more vibrant life. We’re here for you!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Erica Wisniewski

Erica Wisniewski

Co-Founder, President and Board Chair

Erica is currently employed as a Humane Educator with the Ethical Choices Program and one of the co-founders of Grand Rapids Veg Fest. Erica loves planning events in the community that will bring greater awareness about living a plant-based lifestyle. She lives in Ada with her husband and two golden retrievers, Ginger and Jasmine. In her spare time she loves reading, gardening, baking, spending time with family, and being a community activist.

 

Kim Enochs

Kim Enochs

Co-Founder, Vice President, Treasurer

Kim has been very active in sharing her passion for a vegan lifestyle since she became vegan in 2006. She has been organizing many different vegan community events including Grand Rapids VegFest. She works full-time as an accountant and assists her husband’s business part-time. When she is not working (hardly ever happens), she is either enjoying conversation with God, reading books, playing with her dogs, traveling in her RV, or planning awesome vegan events.

 

Mark Michon

Mark Michon

Finance Director

Mark is a former bank executive and finance guy who is currently enjoying the retired life.  He and his wife Karen like to hike, bike, kayak, and travel.  They have two sons (Mark says he wants to be like them when he grows up). He feels that vegan living provides the energy boost he needs to stay active and explore all of the opportunities that life has to offer!

Kris Brown

Kris Brown

Marketing Director

Kris is an intake specialist who assists low-income families with emergency assistance. She has been vegetarian for over twenty years and vegan for over four years.  She has two children who share her love of animals, and they currently have one dog and three cats. Her dream is to someday have a farm sanctuary of her own.

 

Cheryl Still

Cheryl Still

Secretary

Cheryl is passionate about helping others live healthy lives. A former second grade teacher, her dream job is to be a culinary editor. Ever since 2013 when she discovered the bountiful array of nutritious foods for a vegan, Cheryl has been hooked.  When she’s not providing the world’s best customer care at Gazelle Sports, she is either staying active herself, cooking delicious food, or spending time with family and friends.

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MAILING ADDRESS

PO Box 1149
Grand Rapids, MI 49501 info@plantbasedroots.org
Call or Text: 616-520-8253

MAILING ADDRESS

PO Box 1149
Grand Rapids, MI 49501 info@plantbasedroots.org
Call or Text: 616-520-8253