The Tennessee Organic Growers Association is bringing noted author and farmer Joel Salatin to be their keynote speaker at their sixth annual conference in Franklin. Salatin, who refers to himself as a "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist farmer," is featured in Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and the documentary Food, Inc.
Salatin's holistic approach to farming and animal husbandry has positioned him as a leader in the locavore movement. The rest of the conference looks like it should be quite interesting, so check out the details in their release after the jump:
The Sixth Annual Conference, "Local And Organic Food To The Rescue," Kicks Off on March 5, 2010 in Franklin, Tennessee
NASHVILLE (Feb. 18, 2010) --- Tennessee's only organic growers association prepares for their sixth annual conference, this year expanded to two days and featuring noted farmer and activist Joel Salatin, in Franklin, Tenn. on Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6.
Held at the Cool Springs Marriott, this yearly event has been expanded to two days of educational workshops, speakers and farm tours, capped with a keynote address by author, activist and farmer Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, located in the picturesque and productive Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
The conference begins at noon on Friday with an afternoon touring local farms that specialize in producing products for local direct sales, ranging from animal to mushroom production, and all practicing organic and sustainable methods. The tours offer fellow farmers and growing enthusiasts a personal look inside farm operations and an opportunity to talk directly to farmers about their successes, hurdles and opportunities. Bus transportation is provided for the tours, which concludes at 5 p.m.
Friday evening TOGA invites conference participants to visit one of Nashville's locally owned restaurants that support our local farming community. The restaurant will host a prix-fixe menu for a limited number of conference attendees and feature local products as well as an opportunity to meet with the chef and talk about their commitment to buying local foods. Space is limited to 20 diners. More information, including prices, restaurant site and how to register will be available at the Tennessee Organic Growers Association website: www.tnorganics.org.
A full day of workshops starts on Saturday at the Cool Springs Marriott with a welcoming breakfast session at 8:30 a.m., featuring an organic breakfast from Whole Foods Market and Bongo Java Coffee. Workshop sessions commence at 9 a.m., where professional farmers, hobby farmers, backyard gardeners and local food enthusiasts alike will find sessions that fit their skill level and areas of interest, and range from urban farming, mushroom production, organic fruit production, beekeeping to local food systems and more.
Taking a midday break from workshops, attendees will enjoy lunch provided by Whole Foods Market and feature meats from Peaceful Pastures Farm, Bongo Java Coffee, Provence Breads and locally grown produce. Complementing lunch, keynote speaker Joel Salatin will inspire the crowd, addressing the importance and implications of creating strong regional food systems based on sustainable and organic growing methods.
For more information on the conference or to register for the event online, visit the TOGA website at www.tnorganics.org.