APRIL 23, 2016
(read on below for more details & how to register for the event)
Icon of restorative farming, Joel Salatin, returns to Tara Firma Farms to share his wisdom, humor, and his latest learnings and best practices on how to use natural processes to improve soil health -- which in turn leads to healthier livestock and produce for us to eat.
This year, Joel will be joined by several soil management celebrities who are based right here in Sonoma County: Paul Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm, and Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden, the best-selling permaculture book of all-time. We are very blessed to have such experts in our local community!
The main event for the day will be Joel's keynote presentation, which will begin at noon. After Joel, Paul will present on the success his team has had in making their 'no-till' farm one of the most profitable farms per acre in the country -- while simultaneously making it one of the richest in soil health. Toby will follow, explaining how to use natural processes to our best advantage to grow in both wet years and dry. We'll bring the event to a close with all 3 back on stage for a meaty "ask me anything" Q&A session with the audience.
Tickets for the main event are $40 per person. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on site.
In addition to the main presentations, Joel will be holding a 2-hour walking tour of the Tara Firma property at 4:00pm. Participants will get "hands on" instructions from Joel on the specific techniques he and his staff employ at Polyface Farm, as well as be able to directly ask him any questions they've always wanted to.
Participation in this tour is limited to 50 people, and tickets are priced at $60 per person.
For those looking for the fullest access possible to Joel (as well as the rest of the day's speakers), we will be hosting an intimate farm-to-table dinner at 7:00pm. This will be an unforgettable experience to enjoy the company, wit and wisdom of America's leading living expert on restorative farming -- all while dining on locally-grown cuisine prepared by several of Sonoma County's finest chefs.
Dinner is limited to 12 people, and tickets are priced at $200 per person.
And in the morning, together with Sonoma County's Farm Trails, we will also be offering a Farmer's Breakfast with Joel at 9:00am for local producers who want to get his advice -- "farmer to farmer"' -- on techniques to consider for their own farm operations. This opportunity is available only to Bay Area farmers, not the general public.
We are very, very lucky to have Joel back with us this year. And to have him joined by local experts like the Kaisers and Toby Hemenway simply makes the day even more perfect. The more we all learn how to grow our plants and animals naturally, the closer we move to a sustainable food production system that is healthy for both humans and the planet. What better legacy to leave the next generation?
We hope to see you at our farm on April 23rd!