Monday, December 14, 2009
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 .
CLICK-HEAR! LISTEN TO THE PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH JOEL SALATIN
* 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!
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