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Sustainable farming activist Joel Salatin will lead the third annual Field & Fork Network
Farmer-Chef Conference on Monday.

Held at the Hyatt Regency, it's the third gathering of Western New Yorkers on both ends of
the food production system … the people growing crops and raising meat animals, and those
responsible for buying food for restaurants and institutional kitchens.

Programs and workshops will address seasonal menu planning, butchery topics, institutional
food procurement, value chain management, and appreciating local wines. (For more information
see farmerchefconference2011.eventbrite.com).

Salatin, a working former who runs Polyface Farm in Swoope, Va., has become one of the
nation's foremost advocates of sustainable farming practices. He raises meat animals and eggs
while avoiding industrial farming practices like massing animals in confined spaces, and the
widespread use of pesticides and other chemicals.

Polyface Farms has become well-known through Salatin's appearances in Michael Pollan's "The
Omnivore's Dilemma" and the documentaries "Food, Inc." and "FRESH." But in line with Salatin's
emphasis on supporting local agriculture, they won't sell you any food. "We do not ship
anything anywhere," the Polyface website says. "We encourage folks to find their local
producers and patronize them."

Tickets to the day-long conference, which starts at 8 a.m. Monday Feb. 21, are $65,
available through fieldandforknetwork.com. Salatin is also speaking at Daemen College's Wick
Center at 8 p.m. Monday; tickets are $18 and $20, from brownpapertickets.com or
by calling 565-2306.

 

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