by Marion Nestle
Mar 31 2010

Joel Salatin in New York this weekend

I’m a big fan of the movie, FRESH, so much so that I took it with me to Rome last fall, showed it at the Food and Agriculture Organization on the occasion of World Food Day, and left my copy with the American Embassy.  Its director, Ana Joanes, announces two lectures by one of its featured stars, farmer-citizen Joel Salatin:

1.  “Can you feed the world? –Answering elitism, production, and choice.”

Sunday, April 4, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Teachers College / Columbia University (Broadway between 120th and 121st Streets)

By far and away the two most common questions asked of Joel Salatin are: How can we afford local artisanal heritage-based food? And: Is it realistic to think we can really feed the world with a non-industrial food system? Using his own Polyface Farm principles as a foundation, Joel builds this vision one piece at a time by blending theory and practice.

Tickets: $35.  This comes with a movie voucher to see FRESH at the Quad Cinema from April 9-15. Get tickets here.

2.   “The sheer ecstasy of being a lunatic farmer.”

Sunday, April 4, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Teachers College / Columbia University (Broadway between 120th and 121st Streets)

In this mischievous lecture, Joel Salatin compares the industrial global food paradigm with the heritage local food paradigm. Using hilarious stories from his family’s Polyface Farm experience, Salatin examines the contrast on many different levels: fertility, carbon cycling, energy use, relationships, marketing, and spirit.

Tickets: $35 At this event you will receive a movie voucher to see FRESH at the Quad Cinema from April 9-15. Get tickets here.

He’s worth a listen.  Enjoy!

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  • http://theconnectivoresdilemma.wordpress.com/ Melissa

    Just got my tickets today – can’t wait!

  • Kate

    That’s Easter Sunday, otherwise I’d be there. Boo.

  • http://www.findyourbalancehealth.com Michelle @ Find Your Balance

    I saw Joel in Boston and he was so great! These looks like amazing events, wish I were in NY.

  • http://toomanycombined.blogspot.com Melissa Bastian

    Kate – my feelings exactly!

  • Hylton

    “When I asked how a place like New York City fit into his vision of a local economy he startled me with his answer: “What do we have to have a New York City? What good is it?”
    – Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma

    What do we have to have Joel Salatin? What good is he?

    Polyface farms makes a nice story, but it barely addresses the realities of our current food demands.

    I’ve read nice accounts, heard nice speeches, and seen some pastoral images, but the hard data trickling in on Salatin’s farm is up for debate on what it really offers as a model beyond a niche market in Virginia supplied by a fundamentalist.

    His grand vision is for the world to relocalize; sorry to burst the bubble, but that utopia just ain’t gonna to happen (well, not without a civilization collapse which probably won’t be a bowl of cherries for everyone), may as well envision a future where we unplug our Internet connections and toss our cellphones.

  • Clark Breen

    I think it absolutely can happen and is starting to happen in New York City already. It will definitely take some thought and inovation to make it happen.