The world’s most innovative farmer, Joel Salatin is back in Australia!
What would our food system look like if small scale regenerative farms were the norm?
Find out with renowned American farmer and author Joel Salatin, Costa Georgiadis from ABC’s Gardening Australia and Tammi and Stuart Jonas of Jonai Farms, leaders in the Australian agrarian movement – on Sunday 26 February 2017 at Jonai Farms, Eganstown Victoria.
“The time to defend the growing movement of small-scale food producers has come.” – Tammi Jonas, Jonai Farms
A Rare Opportunity
Master of ceremonies Costa Georgiadis will guide you through this wonderfully stimulating, thought provoking, and uncommonly delicious day.
- Be inspired and spurred into action by stories from Joel Salatin, Tammi Jonas and a host of other amazing farmers, who are working hard to build a food system that is fair to all.
- Hear from Sally Ruljancich, President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance about how community-supported agriculture (CSA) is growing in Australia and reconnecting people to the land their food comes from, and how farmers and eaters can work together to grow this solidarity economy in Australia.
- Listen to powerful stories from small-scale farmers who have been negatively impacted by unfair, inconsistent, or scale-inappropriate regulation and planning and have already received funding and support from the Legal Defence Fund.
- See how farming with nature creates a beautiful and regenerative environment for soil, animals and people.
- Tour the picturesque paddocks of Jonai Farms, where you will be greeted by happy pigs, contented cattle and cheeky chickens.
- Explore the Jonai on-farm butcher’s shop and commercial curing room and find out why and how Jonai Farms stopped using purpose-grown grain and now divert tonnes of organic ‘waste’ from landfill to utilize as nutritious animal feed.
- Enjoy a legendary Jonai lunch of Jonai pork, plus a range of amazing produce from small-scale Victorian growers and makers, such as Colin & Sally’s Organic Lamb and Beef, Sage Choice’s grass-fed beef, The Fermentary (fermented vegetables), Red Beard Bakery (and their infamous sourdough), Captain’s Creek Organic Winery, Rod May’s organic vegies, and more.
“Unfair, inconsistent regulations, illogical planning laws, a lack of transparency in labelling (including ingredients, GMOs and country of origin), food deserts, lack of food literacy – these issues abound. If we do not push back against the heavy-handed regulatory creep and erosion of our democratic rights as food eating citizens, we stand to further lose a genuine farming culture and supply of food which benefits us all.” -Sally Ruljancich, President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.
“There’s a short chain between field and fork, and the shorter that chain is – the fresher, the more transparent that system is – the less chance there is of anything from bio-terrorism to pathogenicity to spoilage.” – Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm
Sunday 26 February 2017 – 10:30am to 4:30pm
129 Morgantis Road, Eganstown VIC 3461
Proceeds from the day at will help fund the AFSA Legal Defence Fund.
Raise Money to Defend Small-Scale Ethical Farming
The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance Legal Defence Fund – constituted to help make farms like Jonai Farms the norm.
The Legal Defence Fund (LDF) was established to defend and promote the right of producers to grow, process and sell ecologically-sound and ethical food directly to eaters, and to protect everybody’s right to access local, ethical, nutritious and delicious food directly from farmers.
Food producers are copping the full brunt of abuse of power by regulators.
The issues include:
- Communities who want access to raw milk from local dairies;
- Farms processing on-farm, facing unfair and inconsistent regulation;
- Outdated and illogical definitions in local planning schemes that protect industrial agriculture, while perversely punishing small-scale family farms.