Posted by happycowgirl at 03/31/12 18:47:58You sound like an an amazing person. Small towns are in dire need of people like you.
You say this is an ethical challenge. I see no ethical dilemma whatsoever. You may have a logistical challenge finding vendors, but your ethics are on solid ground. Trust your gut instincts and stick to your values.
As for them saying you are pushing your beliefs on others, that argument makes no sense. You could just as equally say that they are pushing their beliefs on you by asking you to allow meat. But don't go down that rabbit hole. It'll get you no where. My advice is to "own it". Forget the people who say you're pushing your beliefs. Just say "these are my values and I have to stick to my values". It may take a while for people to come around to seeing your point about vegetarianism and many never will, but just about everyone can respect someone who sticks to their values.