Ballet in the Pasture & Building Local Food Systems

Joel Salatin and Hen

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms and Tom Delehanty of Pollo Real Ranch discuss local food systems at two public events presented by the Carbon Economy Series.

What: Building Local Food Systems - Talk & Panel Discussion with Joel Salatin and Tom Delehanty
When: Friday, August 26, 7-9pm
Where: NM School for the Deaf, James A. Little Theatre, 1060 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, NM
Tickets: $10 at

What: Ballet in the Pasture - Workshop with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms
When: Saturday, August 27, 9:30-4:30 pm
Where: Santa Fe Community College, Trades and Advanced Technology Center, 6401 Richards Ave.
Tickets: $200 at

Farmer, author, lecturer and local-food guru Joel Salatin will present "Building a Local Food System" on Friday, August 26, from 7 – 9 PM as part of the 2011 Carbon Economy Series. "Building a Local Food System" will be followed by a panel discussion between Mr. Salatin and Tom Delahanty of the Pollo Real Farm in Socorro, NM. On Saturday, August 27 Joel Salatin will present his "Ballet in the Pasture" workshop on how Polyface Farm's choreographed, plant-animal symbiosis heals the landscape, the community and the eater. A theatrical performance mixing humor and bomb-shell food system analysis, Salatin educates, entertains, and encourages the audience with a virtual tour around this grass-based, multi-species livestock farm.

Joel Salatin, 53, owns and operates Polyface Farms in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and has continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas. Polyface Farms was described in The Atlantic as a "mecca of sustainable agriculture." Joel Salatin and Polyface are featured extensively in Michael Pollan’s 2006 book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and in the documentaries Food, Inc. (2008), Fresh (2010), and Yert (2011). Mr. Salatin is a recipient of the 15th Heinz Award for creating alternative, environmentally-friendly farming techniques. He spends approximately 100 days per year lecturing around the country.

Tom Delahanty is a sixth-generation farmer who owns Pollo Real Ranch with his wife, Tracey. Tom has been raising pastured poultry for 20 years and doing so organically since 1996, when Pollo Real became the first certified organic poultry farm in the US. Pollo Real Ranch lies in Socorro, New Mexico, between two desert mountain ranges in the green Rio Grande Valley. Tom is a regular at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market and provides chicken to local gourmet chefs in some of the area's top restaurants.

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Carbon Economy Series Workshops

Polyface Farms

Pollo Real