Farm Small and Prosper: Salatin to Tell How and Why
LITITZ, Pa. -- Bringing his dynamic message of small-scale farming
success to Lancaster County in March will be Joel Salatin, an innovative
Virginia farmer who has launched hundreds of families into new and
profitable on-farm enterprises. He also will share how his personal
faith shapes how he stewards his land, relates to his customers, and
supports a significant role for farmers in our society.
Salatin will speak at afternoon and evening sessions on Saturday, March
27, at the Midway Mennonite Reception Center, 210 E. Lexington Road,
Lititz. At 1 p.m., he will speak on "Starting Without Capital: Adding
value to pasture to bridge farm generations." He will describe how to
start up new, small livestock enterprises by cooperating with current
farmers who have under-utilized pasture and crop land. He will explain
how such an arrangement benefits both parties as it strengthens the
economic and social life of the entire community.
Salatin will join several other farmers in a "Faith and Farming Forum"
later in the afternoon when forum members will describe how their
Christian faith affects their farming choices. Sponsors hope to build a
supportive network for farmers and others interested in faith-based
farming, land use and regional food sharing for all people.
A family-style meal of many locally produced foods will precede
Salatin’s main evening presentation, "Farming With Values That Last."
Salatin is a third-generation alternative farmer. He promotes food
production that is environmentally, emotionally and economically
enhancing for both producer and consumer. He has authored three books:
Salad Bar Beef, Pastured Poultry Profits: Net $25,000 in 6 months on 20
acres, and his newest work, You Can Farm: The entrepreneur’s guide to
start and succeed in a farming enterprise. He is a regular columnist for
the Stockman Grass Farmer, an international publication for graziers.
He helps farmers to find alternatives to "factory farm" jobs by telling
how to produce healthy livestock on "pasture-based, animal friendly
farms." He sounds these themes to farmers seeking new opportunities:
"let animals do the work," "add value through marketing," "think
diversity and multiple use" and "fully use your resources before buying
His 400 enthusiastic customers come to his farm to buy meat and produce.
By building relationships and educating them about the way his family
farms, he’s received many types of support and encouragement. He
challenges food consumers by saying: "If you want an agriculture that
does not pump animals full of drugs and hormones, pollute the water,
erode the soil and stink up the air, vote with your pocketbook and quit
patronizing the conventional food industry—seek out and support your
local alternative farmer."
Following Salatin’s afternoon presentation will be three mini-sessions
under the heading "New Seeds, New Soil." First will be an explanation of
how PA Farm Link works to assist farm owners to pass on their land and
farming skills to new farmers. Lancaster County farmer Marion Bowlan of
Rapho Township, a member of the Small Farm Commission, will show a new
farm marketing video and describe efforts to keep single-family farms
healthy and profitable. She is seeking church leadership to build
connections between sustainable farmers, congregations and supportive
consumers. Third session will be the faith/farming forum.
Cost of the entire day is $20. A ticket for the meal and one of the
speaking sessions (afternoon OR evening) is $15. A single Salatin
session is $10. The "New Seeds, New Soil" mini-sessions are free.
Salatin will have his books and videos for sale, and related book
sources, ministries and businesses will be invited.
For program details, contact Greg Bowman (215) 256-0364,
firstname.lastname@example.org. For registration, contact Gail Ziegler at (610)
845-2293, email@example.com. Sponsor is the Food, Faith and Farming
Initiative of the Franconia Mennonite Conference, Souderton, Pa., with
PA Land Link, Inc., of Harrisburg, and Creation Continues Educational
Services of Gettysburg.
-- Greg Bowman Agro-ecological journalist 504 Main St. , P.O. Box 490 Bally PA 19503 610.845.2436 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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