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Joel Salatin ‘Lunatic Farmer’ loose in Santa Cruz County

Lonely Mountain Farm, 161 Pioneer Road, Watsonville – SOLD OUT
Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz – Tickets still available

UPDATE: Dine at Assembly for a chance to win two tickets to the Joel Salatin talk at the Rio Theater. Drawing Monday April 18th, ask your server for details. Of course you could always remove chance from the equation and buy a ticket now…

Assembly is helping to spread the word that Joel Salatin is coming to town. Salatin is a third generation alternative farmer who resides with four generations of family on their 550 acre farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The family’s farm, Polyface Inc.,“The Farm of Many Faces”, has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, Gourmet and countless other radio,television and print media. It achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the New York Times bestseller “Omnivore’s Dilemma” by food writer guru Michael Pollan and the award-winning film documentary, “Food Inc.”

In addition to farming, Joel is an accomplished writer and has authored eight books including the hugely popular Folks, This Ain’t Normal, Everything I want to do is Illegal, and You Can Farm. A self-described “Lunatic Farmer”, his speaking and writing style reflects dirt-under-the-fingernails experience punctuated with mischievous humor. Joel’s presentation topics will include growing the next generation of farmers, the importance of local farms to food sovereignty and building community through supporting a local economy. He passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm.

Proceeds from this event will go towards scholarships for the Grange Farm School and for the Corralitos Open Farm Tours. Both organizations support the next generation of community farming.

Note: Assembly is not directly involved in the event and doesn’t receive any money from it. We’re just helping to get the word out because we think Joel is a fascinating guy and the event benefits the local farming community. If you have questions please contact the organizer through the Eventbrite page.

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