Join us Monday, August the 3rd, 2015, at 7pm, for an evening of exploration about the potential of small-scale farming to create farms that are both profitable and ethical. The event will be at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, located in the heart of Concordia Loyola University.
According to the United Nations, small-scale organic agriculture is the future’s way of feeding the world. In Quebec and around the world, farmers innovate and revolutionise our agricultural practices.
The conference will be followed by a period of questions and answers as well as of exchanges between the speakers and the participants. Presented in English and French with simultaneous translation.
Joel has been called «the world’s best farmer» by TIME magazine and is internationally respected for his farm’s innovative, integrated animal systems.
Joel Salatin is a third generation family farmer working his land in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley with his wife, Teresa, son Daniel, daughter Rachel and their families. The Salatin Polyface Farm, an organic grass-fed farm, serves more than 4,000 families, 10 retail outlets and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and PolyFace initiated ‘buying clubs’.
The farm produces: Salad Bar Beef, Pigaerator Pork, Pastured Poultry (Eggs, Broilers, Turkeys), Forage-Based Rabbits, and Forestry Products.
Joel is also the author of nine books, including the bestsellers “Folks, this Ain’t Normal”, “You Can Farm”, and “Salad Bar Beef
Jean-Martin Fortier is a farmer, author and educator who specialises in intensive organic agriculture. He is passionate about demonstrating how small exploitations can play an important role in the food system’s reconstruction.
His 10 acres micro-farm is a perfect example of what he preaches: with only 1.5 acres of cultivated permanent raised beds, “Les Jardins de la Grelinette” generates 100 000$ in sales acre, with a 60% profit margin, enough to financially sustain the whole family. Right from the start, the priority of the farm has been to optimise the cultivation system and make it viable.
His book, “The Market Gardener”, tells the story of how he and his wife, Maude-Hélène Desroches, have created their farm and how they are successfully running it. The book is a great source of inspiration for young farmers and all of those who are interested in the small scale production of vegetables. Since the publication of the french version “Le Jardinier Maraîcher” in 2012, more than 40 000 copies have been sold!
Maxime Laplante is cofounder and vice-president of the “Union Paysanne”. Being a professional agronomist, he shares his time between his farming career on his diversified farm “Le Bercail” and his mathematics teacher job.
He has contributed to the redaction of many works and publications, such as the “Plaidoyer pour une agriculture paysanne”, “la Gestion de l’offre au Québec”, the “Rapport de voyage sur les circuits courts en France et en Suisse” and the “Mémoire sur l’accaparement des terres”.>
Admissions are limited. Register early to guarantee your ability to participate.
Just before the conference, we are inviting you to an open air celebration, where you may sample local products and visit the City Farm School, which will be celebrating its 5th anniversary. 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Loyola Farm (see map).