The Future of Food and Farming

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014

Time: 8:30am-Noon

Place: Langley Events Centre, 7888 200 Street, Langley BC

Cost: $25+GST

The Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation is hosting a workshop featuring renowned farmer, author and speaker Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, as well as Julia Smith of Urban Digs and Chris Bodnar from Close to Home Organics.

This workshop is sponsored by the Township of Langley and VanCity. Reservations are mandatory.



Joel Salatin is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley where his Polyface “multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm,” services more than 5,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs. Salatin has written nine books including four how-to's such as You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farming Enterprise and Field of Farmers: Interning, Mentoring, Partnering, Germinating, the latter aimed at young farmers. His farm has also been featured in films such as Food Inc. and Fresh and in the book Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. A wordsmith himself, Salatin describes his occupation as “mob-stocking herbivorous solar conversion lignified carbon sequestration fertilization.”


Julia Smith co-owns and operates Urban Digs, a small farm based on three acres in Burnaby and another acre-and-a-half in Delta. Both vegetables and animals are grown and raised here, particularly ethically raised chickens, geese, sheep and pigs. The vegetables, meat and eggs are sold to both local families and to some of the top restaurants in Metro Vancouver, including Burdock and Cibo Trattoria. Smith says she is passionate about sustainable agriculture, particularly sustainable, ethical meat production.


Now finishing their eighth season of farming, Chris Bodnar and his family operate a 135-member Community Shared Agriculture program and sell at two weekly farmers markets during the farming seasons. Prior to farming, Bodnar earned a PhD in communication from Carleton University and now teaches the goat husbandry and business planning components of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Richmond Farm School. He also sits on the board of the B.C .Association for Regenerative Agriculture and the Certified Organic Associations of B.C.

Do you have ideas about how agriculture can be made more sustainable?