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There is a food crisis developing because of the industrialization, standardization, and consolidation of food production, processing, and distribution.  This crisis is being realized as a result of the culture created by men and policies like Earl Butz's “Get Big or Get Out!”  Earl Butz was the Agriculture Secretary of Richard Nixon's administration.  For 40 years the policies and practices of “Bigger” has diminished the nutrient density and quality of our food experience in the USA.  The Confined Animal Feeding Operations, fields of corn & soy beans, increased fertilizer, pesticide and antibiotic use, death of the honey bees, etc. have lead us to the brink of mass starvation.  For those who don't grow or access their own locally grown variety of nutrient dense foods this is already the case.

Restorative Agriculture is about bringing agriculture to its proper place in our society and our lives.  The human body does not break down when properly fueled.  Many people are experiencing the recovery of their health by eating nutrient dense foods.  More need to experience the departure from the dependence upon drugs to help with childhood behavior problems, diabetes, cancers, heart disease, hormonal imbalances, and so on.  We can do this only with local agriculture done in the healthiest of ways.  Restorative Agriculture is about restoring the life and nutrients to the soil; using diverse ecological systems to bring the balance of life to the farm, without harmful chemicals; connecting with the local community to provide Nutrient Dense Fresh Foods in a natural seasonal cycle; and rewarding the farmer financially so that farming is a desirable, sustaining and fulfilling occupation.



Restorative Agriculture Tour

Sept, 2009 see www.RestorativeAgriculture.com

The purpose of this tour is to gather the interested parties in our area to promote and learn about Restorative Agriculture from those who are doing it in our areas and from some other areas.  We intend to build camaraderie on the tour bus with discussions about our local challenges and ways to over come them, building our soils up, delivering product to people, and more.  We will visit:


Harvey & Ellen Ussery's Modern Homestead
Unlike our ancestors, many of whom lived on traditional homesteads and small farms, most of us today have the apparent “luxury” of buying all our food in the marketplace. The decision to forego that luxury and work hard to produce more of our own food is a fundamental one. We are thus making not simply one more selection from the Lazy Susan of available food choices, but choosing a way of life, a new direction.
     He is dedicated to the skills and philosophy for more self-reliant living. Whether you have access to fifty acres or only a patio pot, you have the opportunity to produce more of your own food for yourself and your family, to enter more fully into the yearly cycle, and to know your place in the web of life.

The Burwell-Morgan Mill   Established in 1785, and still a totally sustainable water-powered mill, something that may be useful for us to employ in our local food system. Marvel as the water rushes through the mill, turning the unusual interior waterwheel, just as it did in the eighteenth century. The wheel generates power to the massive wooden gears that rotate the two-ton French buhr wheels which grind the corn into meal. Volunteers bag the meal as it floats down the wooden chute, and it is sold in the museum shop. In the mid-nineteenth century the mill operated twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, processing more than sixty thousand bushels of wheat per year.

Long Branch Historic House & Farm
is one of the most historic elegant manor homes in Virginia hunt country. Since the early 18th century, the rolling hills of the LONG BRANCH Historic House & Farm estate have been owned by a series of famous men- Lord Culpeper, Lord Fairfax, and Robert “King” Carter. A young George Washington helped to survey the property.
FARM TO FORK Conference:  Five Dynamic Speakers Discuss the Benefits of Growing, Cooking & Enjoying Local Food.  With a Food & Wine Tasting Reception Featuring Local Producers.  Speakers: Joel Salatin (Polyface Farm), Susie Hass (Ayrshire Farm), Jim Law (Linden Vineyards), Sally Bolton (Vineyard Nursery), David Hagedorn (Washington Post Food Columnist).

Polyface Farm Tour with Joel Salatin

IN 1961, William and Lucille Salatin moved their young family to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, purchasing the most worn-out, eroded, abused farm in the area near Staunton.  Using nature as a pattern, they and their children began the healing and innovation that now supports three generations.

Disregarding conventional wisdom, the Salatins planted trees, built huge compost piles, dug ponds, moved cows daily with portable electric fencing, and invented portable sheltering systems to produce all their animals on perennial prairie polycultures.

Today the farm arguably represents America’s premier non-industrial food production oasis.  Believing that the Creator’s design is still the best pattern for the biological world, the Salatin family invites like-minded folks to join in the farm’s mission:  to develop emotionally, economically, environmentally enhancing agricultural enterprises and facilitate their duplication throughout the world.  The Salatins continue to refine their models to push environmentally-friendly farming practices toward new levels of expertise.

Also possible is a visit from Greg Niewendorp and Debbie Stockton of the National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (NICFA), so sign-up and invite others!  The more people we get, the lower the price.  Act now!  Recruit others!  Let's build into our local food supply!  

Current price is estimated to be from $250 to $310 including hotel, with a shared room.  Or, $200 to $260 without the Local Food Forum, you could tour the farm and house instead.

If you want your own room, add about $50.  Price is for each seat taken on the bus.  If you don't want to attend the Farm to Fork Food Forum, reduce your fee by $45 and plan to visit the Long Branch Historic House and Farm (they have a tour).  Register below or here.




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