Monday, December 14, 2009

Pathways To Healing - Dunn Creek Podcast Interviews Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin is in a state of grace and he gives it all he's got for two full days of talking to a very diverse crowd. We've come to a big camp meeting to see what this farmer, author and bio-evangelist has to say.

I felt a pang or two during his presentation as he said things like, "I don't want to see any part time farmers."  I'm sitting here in California while my farm sleeps in Prince Edward Island. So I feel like a bit of a fraud in a farmer costume, still putting off the last step to a full-time commitment.  

Joel has energy and conviction to burn and we all felt the heat, even in the cold and drafty confines of our classroom at El Capitan Canyon Campground. The winter Pacific storm that passed overhead during the day made mother nature herself present in the conversation, nearly drowning out the man. He carried on, his voice breaking as he shouted his words over the static of rain on the canvas roof.  It was a remarkable confluence of events.  As I said to him later, "Twelve inches of rain a year and you got to be here for 20 percent of it."

My time was well spent for the opportunity to meet such a diverse group of people. I got re-energized and re-excited about farming.  In this season, at this time, in this era, we can all use the hope and enthusiasm Joel Salatin brought to us. Will the event have an effect on me? It already has. It's time for me to order seed and planting stock and to review our farm plan for 2010. From fencing and utility infrastructure to multi-tasking livestock and buildings, it's all on the table and I'm already working on the farm .

* This podcast contains audio from post-film discussion of Fresh - The Movie.  Please look at the clip and work with us to help bring fresh to Eastern PEI this July! 

Special thanks and please follow the links to:
Quail Springs Permaculture Farm  and Orella Ranch 


John Schneider - Gold Forest Grains said...

What an interesting blog! Thanks for taking the time to get the message out there about organic farming. J. Salatin is a fantastic hero in my books! I will continue reading with interest.

John Quimby said...

Hi John,
Thanks for stopping by. How'd you find us?

I popped on over to your blog for a look and I'll be paying special attention to your writing on grain.

I'll be planting my first grain crops this spring.

John Schneider - Gold Forest Grains said...

I think I just googled "canadian organic farm blog". I will look forward to hearing about your grain project.

Anonymous said...

There's a movement to radically change California government, by getting rid of career politicians and chopping their salaries in half. A group known as Citizens for California Reform wants to make the California legislature a part time time job, just like it was until 1966.