Past Event | How to Build a Successful, Beyond-Organic, Small Farm Business
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Presented by Friends of Carrie Murray Nature Center
Change Your Life…
Build a Healthy,
Grow Resources and
Resiliency in Your Community…
Learn how at Carrie Murray Nature Center!
1901 Ridgetop Road, Baltimore MD
March 20-21, 2013
by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms
Presented in live-stream format
by Verge Permaculture
Hosted as a Benefit for the Carrie Murray Nature Center by the Friends of Carrie Murray Nature Center
Cost includes continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks:
$15 for one day, $30 for both days
Financial Need: Scholarships are available if needed. Call us at 410-396-0808
Are you …
- Spinning your wheels in Cubicle Central?
- Looking for a livelihood that feeds your family and feeds your soul?
- Wondering if it’s possible to earn a living while having a life?
- Tired of wondering what toxins aren’t going to wash off the food you bring home from the grocery store?
- Excited about the Urban Agriculture potential in Baltimore’s new zoning plans – and wondering how to make the most of it?
If you answered Yes to any of these questions – these two days of workshops by the world-famous, pioneering, entrepreneurial farmer Joel Salatin are for you!
With three generations of family farming history, a lifetime’s experience in entrepreneurial small farming, and growing international acclaim to back him up, Joel demonstrates conclusively that the dream of a profitable, healthy, sustainable, beyond-organic small farm enterprise is quite achievable!
His Polyface Farm, for example, has achieved both local and global fame, supplying a customer base of more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants, being profiled in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, and Gourmet (among other media coverage), and being featured in the movie Food, Inc. and the New York Times best-seller The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
And for years now Joel has been taking his act on the road, inspiring corporate executives and home-business owners, churches and civic groups, stay-at-home parents and students with his creative, proven ideas for sustainable, successful agriculture businesses that don’t depend on owning acres of pasture.
And on March 20 and 21, Carrie Murray Nature Center is proud to host two days of live-streaming workshops by Joel Salatin through Verge Permaculture – a Calgary, Alberta-based education and demonstration center dedicated to sustainable food security through permaculture.
Join us for one or both days…
Wednesday, March 20
You Can Farm
No vague theorizing here –you’ll get a full toolbox of practical how-to’s, ranging from urban farming and creative land acquisition to permaculture-based production principles – for example, mutually supportive plant and animal relationships (e.g., chickens and rabbits? Who knew?) and effective composting for sustainably fertile soil.
We’ll talk about farming like an entrepreneur, becoming your own middleman, and marketing to a diverse audience.
And finally, we’ll take a look at what happens once your farm is solidly on its feet: how to build a trained team of employees, and how to create a lasting, profitable legacy for your children and grandchildren.
Thursday, March 21
Pastured Poultry Profits
Joel shows us how to build a thriving poultry farm from – as you might say – scratch: how to build a portable shelter for your chosen bird(s), how to pick the breed you need, and how to create safe environments in the brood-box and outside.
We’ll talk about economics – profit and loss for chickens versus turkeys, egg-layers versus broilers, parts versus whole birds – and how to figure price margins. And you’ll learn how to keep your birds healthy, happy, well-fed and well-protected from the egg to the end.
Participate in the discussion in real-time…
Sure, some live-streaming workshops feature one camera focused on the speaker’s talking head. Not this one!
Verge has hired a full technical team including videographers, an audio guy/gal, a lead technical coordinator, and a chat moderator, plus equipment (cameras/lighting, computer streaming hardware, etc).
So you’ll see dynamic, changing camera views as Joel paces, faces off, and gesticulates… audience pans and closeup shots of audience reactions…and of course, full views of all his slides.
You’ll be able to send in your questions to Joel by chat or Twitter and hear him respond to them as time allows…and you’ll even be able to interact online with the on-site participants!
Most Important: Get to know your local allies and resources…
You may be saying, “Sure, it’s one thing to have great ideas for a family business – it’s another to have the connections to support them!” We’ve got that covered, too, with Carrie Murray’s glittering list of co-sponsors for this event. Just for starters, here are a few…
- Baltimore Recreation and Parks
- The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
- Baltimore Food and Faith
- Baltimore’s Green Ambassador, Cathy Allen
- The Baltimore Real Food Farm
- Green Street Academy
Made possible by Vergeperma Culture
During the breakouts, you’ll hear about our co-sponsors’ latest advances and opportunities in urban agriculture, sustainability and food security, right here, right now in B-more. And you’ll get the opportunity to network and develop valuable resources to bring your dream business into reality.
Take two days off….and change your world!
If you’re hesitating about taking two days off in the middle of the week (and in these economic times, who wouldn’t?) we’d like to answer thusly:
- If you have a burning desire to press the Restart button on your career, with practical, proven guidance from a green entrepreneurial guru…
- If you’re longing to create a livelihood that’s healthy for yourself, your family, your neighborhood and community, and the planet…
- And if you’re ready to become a change agent for the sustainability groundswell that is sweeping this city…
…you owe these two days to yourself!
Don’t waste another minute…Register below now.
Questions? Call the Carrie Murray Nature Center at 410-396-0808.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you!