VegSource was founded in 1996 by husband and wife team, Jeff and
Sabrina Nelson, of Los Angeles, California. Their unique site is
not only the leading vegetarian site, but one of the top
2000 sites on the net. VegSource has the latest in vegetarian-related
news, content, editorials, recipes, experts, parenting and nutritional information,
a free dating channel, and the premiere veg travel service, offering
free customized travel and dining reports for nearly any city in
In addition, VegSource provides free hosting, design and promotion
for many leading vegetarian and animal-related organizations and
individuals, including Howard Lyman, John Robbins, Joanne Stepaniak,
John McDougall, MD, EarthSave International, PCRM, FARM, Farm Sanctuary
and many more, most of which are accessible from the front page
Perhaps more than any other factor, the success of VegSource is
due to having created a very real community - and a community in
the finest sense of the word. "VegSourcers" care about and want
to see each other online every day, and support each other when
they're in need.
Says Jeff Nelson, President of VegSource Interactive, Inc., "In
the past four years we've been through everything with our guests
that can possibly happen in their lives and be shared on the Internet
- matchmaking, marriages, births, divorces, deaths, and hackings.
We've even been cyber-squatted by a jealous wannabe."
It's that sense of extended family that's made VegSource a crossover
hit on the 'Net. Evelyn Johnson of Abilene, Kansas, came to VegSource
in March of 1998 for the homeschooling resources. Says Evelyn, "I
never would have imagined becoming vegetarian when I first came
to VegSource." But in December of the same year, Evelyn says "We
went from being a meat and potatoes family to total vegan overnight!
I lost 70 pounds and my husband's health improved dramatically."
Frankie DelVecchio of Austin, Texas, is taking it a bit slower.
"I went to VegSource for the political discussion. I like to debate
issues on the Political Confusion board. They're wearing me down,
though," he laughs. "I tried veggie burgers, now I'm hooked on them."
"The fact that we have more traffic than many major sites that
have spent tens of millions of dollars is very heartening to us
at VegSource," says Jeff Nelson. "It goes to show that heart means
more than money. And unlike many other big sites, we're hiring,
not firing." VegSource is one of the few sites at its level of traffic
that is still independently owned and operated. "A lot of this is
due to the fact that we love what we're doing," adds Nelson.
"It's been such an incredibly positive experience," says Sabrina
Nelson, WebWitch of VegSource. "Everything we've encountered - the
good, the bad and even the cyber-squatting - has just made us that
much closer to our guests than we were before. We can say truthfully
we have dear friends all over planet Earth. Who could ask for more
"It bodes well for vegetarianism," says Howard Lyman, President
of EarthSave International, "that a family-run site can break through
the pack of commercial entities and have an impact on people's lives
like VegSource has. It shows that the movement is healthy and growing
that such a wonderful thing could happen."