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Barossa to host "world's most innovative farmer"

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American farmer and activist Joel Salatin – dubbed “the world’s most innovative farmer” by Time Magazine – is coming to South Australia to preach his gospel of sustainable agriculture.

Salatin, who was featured in the film Food Inc., has gained prominence for the farming practices followed at his family’s farm in Virginia, US.

He is a pioneer of sustainable, chemical-free processes and claims farmers can produce more, for less effort, by eschewing the common techniques employed by industrial agriculture.

Salatin will be holding a seminar on his farming practices in the Barossa on 2 March – and the State Government is supporting his visit by subsidising tickets.

Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Gail Gago said 80 ticket-buyers would receive a discount on the seminar cost.

“Joel Salatin has been called America’s most influential agriculturist, and his message of regenerative and innovative farming practices are a great fit for our state,” Gago said.

She said the “Fields of Farmers: Starting, Continuing, Marketing, Mentoring” workshop would focus on “practical solutions to issues such as farm succession and enterprise planning”.

The seminar will be held at the Barossa Farmers Market in Angaston on 2 March from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

The first 80 people to register – and quote the PIRSA code – will receive a $50 refund.

Information and bookings here (to get the discount, answer “PIRSA” to the question “where did you hear about this event?”).

 

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