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Let’s Keep it Fresh in June

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Naijha Wright-Brown at 2019 Keep It Fresh Fest in Baltimore, MD

Naijha Wright-Brown at 2019 Keep It Fresh Fest in Baltimore, MD

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On Monday, June 14, the communities in Baltimore, Durham, Denver, Oakland, and NYC will gather for Keep it Fresh Day.

I grew up breathing in polluted air from local factories. Fresh water has always been an issue, and the freshest thing in my neighborhood was a lemon in a liquor store...”
— Dr. Ietef Vita
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES, May 25, 2021 / -- On Monday, June 14th, 2021, the communities in Baltimore, Durham, Denver, Oakland, and NYC will gather for a Keep it Fresh Day fest. June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month so get ready to Keep It Fresh! Celebrate, create, and load up your cups and plates with plant-based meals and beverages full of fresh fruits and vegetables. The Black Veg Society of Maryland, Vita Earth Foundation, and the Plant-Based Network plan to deliver a whole bunch of freshness through its multi-city virtual fest!

The Keep It Fresh Day fest will spotlight the most influential people and restaurants in Denver, CO, Baltimore, MD, Durham, NC, Oakland, CA, and NYC, and more, using plant-based food as a way of advocating for healthy eating, climate change, and animal rights. The free virtual fest program will include plant-based culinary art demos, organic gardening tips, music videos, environmental actions, a panel discussion, and keynote speaker, Koya Webb. Dr. Ietef “DJ Cavem” Vita ( put in motion Keep it Fresh Day in 2011 and it officially became a day in Denver in 2014, and in Baltimore, the Mayor recognized Keep it Fresh Day in 2017. We learn more about why this matters so much to Dr. Ietef Vita, a.k.a. DJ Cavem, "I grew up in the five points, breathing in polluted air from local factories. Fresh water has always been an issue, and the freshest thing in my neighborhood was a lemon in a liquor store. I'm really excited that other cities are down with the movement, and my goal is to make this a national day."

Naijha Wright-Brown, Executive Director of the Black Veg Society of Maryland states, "The mission of the Black Veg Society of Maryland is to meet people where they are on their plant-based and vegan journey. Our organization literally does this by reaching out to select physical spaces, one's individual mental space, and now, more than ever, virtual spaces. The summer season is near and we want folks to be educated about the importance of keeping it fresh on their plates, in their cups, and their whole mind, body, and spirit."

What’s different? This isn’t your typical in-person event. Each city will showcase local vendors/people focusing on people of color and their businesses and host special events and activities, which you can learn more about at Several organizations are taking the lead in each city including the Black Veg Society of Maryland (Baltimore, MD), Triangle Vegfest (Durham, NC), and Vita Earth Foundation (Denver, CO). In addition, the Plant-Based Network will be airing all of the interviews with local vendors, as well as live reports from each city, via its PBNet TV app available for free on iOS, Androids, Roku TV, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire at According to Ronnie ‘Tsunami’ Gandiza, CEO of the Plant-Based Network, “We wanted to bring awareness of some of the great solutions cities have for bringing healthier and more sustainable food to communities of color, as well as demonstrate how other cities and organizations can keep it fresh too.”

This is a free event for everyone, donations accepted in each city. Please come ready to eat and support all the vendors who are being highlighted and remember to Keep It Fresh!

For more information and schedule of events, please visit:

More about the Black Veg Society of Maryland (BVSMD)
BVSMD meets people where they are on their vegan and plant-based journey. Their mission is to educate the public, particularly BIPOC communities, on the benefits of a plant-based diet and the practice of veganism while building a community around healthy, accessible, and sustainable food with a focus on making compassionate lifestyle choices. BVSMD develops relationships and collaborates with businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, and churches that share in the mission of promoting dietary, ethical, or environmental veganism. The organization offers a 24/7 online resource center with access to educational resources made available through partner organizations, vegan advocates, health & wellness coaches, and other referrals. They host special events, webinars, cooking demos, wellness classes, panel discussions, social media campaigns, and conduct interviews featuring community activists and advocates. In 2019, BVSMD was recognized by VegFund, at the National Animal Rights Conference, for their stellar commitment to reach future vegans "where they are" through innovative food festivals, community outreach, and restaurant engagement.

More about the Vita Earth Foundation
The Vita Earth Foundation transforms lives with the light of nature. They believe in the body-mind-spirit connection and that humans are spiritual beings having a physical experience, so they seek to create a sacred space that helps people connect with Mother Earth while inspiring a better quality of life.
Vita Earth Foundation promotes environmental and food justice initiatives to serve the people who need them most. They believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues such as food and environmental justice, mind, body, and spiritual wellness in NIPOC communities, health, and environmental disparities, and environmental and animal welfare.

More about Plant-Based Network (PBNet)
Plant-Based Network (PBNet) is a lifestyle and entertainment TV network and media company that promotes plant-based living to mainstream audiences, including omnivores, flexitarians, reducetarians, vegetarians and vegans. PBNet’s mission is to grow the plant-based movement by helping people, businesses and organizations to be a catalyst for change so that everyone can enjoy better health and a greener planet.
For consumers: PBNet streams TV shows, movies, events and online courses covering a wide variety of interests including plant-based/vegan cooking, travel, health, fitness, music, family, education, and shopping through the PBNet TV app available for free on iOS, Android, Roku TV, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire.
For businesses: PBNet helps businesses to reach mainstream consumers, who are interested in better health and a more sustainable lifestyle, through brand strategy, content development, advertising and marketing, and community feedback. PBNet also provides a wide range of digital marketing services for plant-based/vegan entrepreneurs, including website and logo design, SEO, and social media management services.


Naijha Wright-Brown
Black Veg Society of Maryland
+1 443-343-2834
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