Farm-to-table dinner raids and government attacks on small farmers – AKA why we need the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund

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It's no secret that I'm passionate about local, sustainable food and humane animal agriculture. I've posted about local farms, I've talked about my own foibles with gardening and raising chicks, I've interviewed sustainable agriculture legend Joel Salatin, Jimmy and I even pulled up roots and moved to the middle of nowhere with the intention of growing our own food. So when I hear about government officials targeting small farms, it gets my britches in a bunch. Bigtime. I found out about the Continue Reading

Practical tips for living sustainably: an interview with Joel Salatin (part 5 of 5)

Polyface Farms

In part 1 of this 5-part video interview series, we heard a short history of Polyface farms and its' owner Joel Salatin. In part 2, Joel talked about the issue of "real food" education and whether we should really try to convert everyone. In part 3, we asked the big question - isn't this whole sustainable food thing really just an elitist movement? In part 4, we heard Joel talk about land ecology ethics, our role as caretakers of the land, and why a long term view is so important. In Continue Reading

Caring for the land: an interview with Joel Salatin (part 4 of 5)

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms

In part 1 of this 5-part video interview series, we heard a short history of Polyface farms and its' owner Joel Salatin. In part 2, Joel talked about the issue of "real food" education and whether we should really try to convert everyone. In part 3, we asked the big question - isn't this whole sustainable food thing really just an elitist movement? In this video: Does a farm's size or scale have anything to do with how sustainable or ethical it is? How does Polyface farms measure Continue Reading

Food independence or elitism? An interview with Joel Salatin (part 3 of 5)

pastured poultry at Polyface farms

In part 1 of this 5-part video interview series, we heard a short history of Polyface farms and its' owner Joel Salatin. In part 2, Joel talked about the issue of "real food" education and whether we should really try to convert everyone. In this video: The big question - isn't this whole sustainable food thing really just an elitist movement? Who can really afford it? Listen to Joel's decidedly non-politically-correct answer. http://vimeo.com/28017707 What do you think? Is the whole Continue Reading

Real food education: an interview with Joel Salatin (part 2 of 5)

Pastured pigs at Polyface farms

In part 1 of this 5-part video interview series, we asked the question, who is Joel Salatin? We heard his thoughts on accidental activism, his personal history of farming (his family's history in central America, how he got Polyface Farms started, and more). He also talked about new ideas for Polyface, and what may be in store for the farm's future. http://vimeo.com/28014880 In this video: Joel talks about the issue of "real food" education. What will it take and whose responsibility is it Continue Reading