Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms came to Pharsalia to preach the gospel of the locavore food movement. Before the talk, guests sunk their teeth into meaty Polyface hot dogs complete with all the fixin’s – or as Joel called the condiments, condominiums. Thumbs up on the Rhubarb crisp, by the way.
Then it was on to a fascinating history lesson in which Salatin compared the antebellum farm operation of William Massie’s Pharsalia estate to modern-day challenges facing farmers who desire to nourish the land and keep it fertile, bucking mainstream industrial agricultural practices.
The self-described lunatic farmer’s latest book, Folks, This Ain’t Normal, is due to be released October 2011.