Salatin to address permaculture series in Moscow
Joel Salatin, local-food advocate, farmer and author, will deliver an all-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29 at the Latah County Fairgrounds in Moscow, Idaho.
During his morning presentation, "Ballet in the Pasture," Salatin will talk about his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Va., and the relationship between plant and animal management and their impact on the land, community and consumer.
The first afternoon session, "Going Full-Time with Your Part-Time Farm," covers the importance of diversifying and building multi-use infrastructure. The second session, "Locafood, Locagistics," shows farmers and distributors how to compete with big chain grocers in the local market.
A free public lecture follows at 7 p.m., "The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer," covers how a local, pasture-based, "relationally-oriented" farm differs from "industrial, commodity-based, machine-driven" farms.
Palouse Permaculture hosts the event and a week-long series, "Animals: Our Partners in Design: A Permaculture Design Intensive," running June 24-July 5 at the fairgrounds. The goal is to design ecosystems for people and animals. The total course fee is $675. Work-study positions or barter options may be available. The workshop fee for Salatin is $50.
Registration and payment in advance is strongly encouraged. The workshop may also be taken as part of the longer course, or as part of a two-day event with permaculture expert Paul Wheaton June 28. Cost is $75 for both days.