The ICA and Real Local RVA Present:

“Sustainable Abundance: An evening with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms”

Wednesday, November 28th from 6:30 – 9:00PM

VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art

Cost: $35 – $40

Real Local RVA and VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art are proud to bring Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms to Richmond.  Arguably, the most famous farmer in the world, Mr. Salatin is America’s most celebrated pioneer of chemical-free farming.

Joel will dive head first into the topic of “Sustainable Abundance.”  Many people in our culture fear the future’s resource scarcity and political unrest. Veering off this orthodox paranoia, Salatin offers a different possibility with a template that is both attractive and pragmatic.  A fundamentally solar-driven, participatory, historically-normal localized, integrated foodscape can bless the whole world with sustainable abundance. The earth is not a reluctant partner that must be wrestled into production, but a benevolent friend rewarding humble human massage.  After this performance, you’ll never look at farmland or policy solutions the same way. In fact, you’ll look at the future with inspiration and faith, healing the land one bite at a time.

We would like to thank our sponsors: Chickahominy Falls, Ellwood Thompson's, Keller Williams | The Egan Team, and C&F Bank.

What to expect for the evening:

  • Guests are invited to arrive early to attend a new exhibit at the museum entitled “Hedges, Edges, Dirt.”  Admission to the ICA is always free, and while advanced tickets are not required to access exhibition galleries, visitors are encouraged to check in at the Welcome Desk upon arrival.  For more details on the exhibit please click here.
  • The Ellwood's Café located within the building will be open for business prior to the lecture.  Guests are welcome to enjoy a snack or beverage before the event begins.
  • The program will begin in the auditorium at 6:30PM  Guests will check in separately for the lecture outside of the auditorium.
  • Following the lecture, ticketed guests are invited to stay for a reception from 8-9PM with light food and drink.

Joel’s Bio:

Joel co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farms in Swoope, Virginia. Featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore's Dilemma and the award-winning documentary Food Inc., the farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets, and a farmers’ market.  When he’s not on the road speaking, he’s at home on the farm, keeping the calluses on his hands and dirt under his fingernails, mentoring young people, inspiring visitors, and promoting local, regenerative food and farming systems.  With 12 published books, and a thriving multi-generational family farm, he draws on a lifetime of food, farming and fantasy to entertain and inspire audiences around the world.

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