The Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation held a very successful workshop in 2014 featuring renowned farmer, author and speaker Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms (see info below) as well as Julia Smith of Urban Digs and Chris Bodnar of  Close to Home Organics.

Vancouver Sun Podcast – Randy Shore interview with Joel Salatin

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 into more than a decade 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.