SPRINGFIELD, Vt.-VINE Sanctuary is hosting its Vernal Equinox (spring) Potluck from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at the Springfield Community Center, 139 Main Street. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend, and all are invited to bring a vegan dish to share. If that’s not possible, VINE’s potlucks always have plenty of wonderful food so anyone can attend, even if they do not bring something to share. Either way, bring a good appetite! The only requirement is that any food brought to the event be vegan, which means free from all animal products such as meat, dairy, or eggs. This free event was created to welcome spring, which arrives with the Vernal Equinox. This year, we will celebrate “Growing Together,” VINE’s first-ever seed swap. Experienced gardeners in the community will have seeds to share along with advice for both new and veteran gardeners. Why vegan? Plant-based diets are more nutritious, less dangerous and expensive, and kinder to the earth and animals than diets that include meat and other animal products. Because some people who call themselves “vegetarian” eat eggs or dairy products, many people who eat no animal products at all call themselves “vegan.” Whether new to the idea of veganism or looking for new vegan diet ideas, attending one of VINE’s potlucks will offer an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with other vegans. VINE Sanctuary is a non-profit farmed animal refuge based in Springfield, Vermont. More than 600 animals, including birds and cows seized by authorities in cases of extreme cruelty or neglect, live at the 100+ acre sanctuary, half of which is maintained ASA wildlife refuge. VINE organizes quarterly vegan potlucks as part of its local educational programming, with participants coming from as far north as Burlington and as far south as Brattleboro. To learn more visit www.vinesanctuary.org, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.