Disciples of The Omnivores Dilemma will recognize Joel Salatin as the no-nonsense grass farmer whose idyllic, family-run Polyface Farms in Virginia serves as an agricultural ideal in Michael Pollans blockbuster warning about the industrial food chain. Salatins innovative farming systems including portable electric fencing for moving grazing cattle; Raken houses for sheltering both chicken and rabbits; and pigaerators for building compost provide a colorful and encouraging vocabulary for the growing dialogue about sustainable agriculture. Salatin delivers the luncheon keynote, Going Full Time With Your Part-Time Farm, on Saturday at the sixth annual TOGA Conference. The two-day gathering starts on Friday and includes local farm tours, speakers and workshops on urban farming, beekeeping, organic fruit production, local food systems and more. For information and registration, visit tnorganics.org.
Fri., March 5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., March 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 2010