Joel Salatin evokes heavy thinking over brunch. When one of America’s most influential farmers tells you the “future is only as good as our collective participation.” It gives you pause. And then your imagination starts to roll.
Between soaking up the gorgeous scenery of Petaluma’s Tara Firma Farms and nibbling on a delicious farm brunch, I’m struck by how lucky I am to live here and be here. Seeing a tent filled with local organic sustainable food participants filled me with hope. It was lovely.
Before Joel spoke, we all enjoyed a simple breakfast on hay bails. It started with tangy fresh farm yogurt and Nana’s All Natural Tropic Ginger Granola, topped with Buddha Belly Honey, I would’ve stopped there, but then came the breakfast potato hash, organic farm sausage and the crispest most delectable bacon. My husband (a non-bacon fan), took one bite and earnestly declared it was the “best bacon he’d ever had.” It was cute.
We sipped on Pumpkin ale from Petaluma Hills Brewing Company and awaited our speaker and his insights. Tara Smith owner of Tara Firma Farms gave us a warm welcome as she introduced her mentor and keynote speaker, Joel Salatin. It was a special moment, I felt honored to have a window into that personal exchange. The minute you meet Tara you’re in love. Classy, smart and sassy. Tara’s love and commitment to her farm immediately draws you in, closes the door and you’ll never be the same again.
And once Joel took to speaking, the room went quietly captivated. He described the ‘apocalyptic shift’ we were experiencing and encouraged us to embrace “dis-census,” for only out of deconstruction can reconstruction begin.
Joel urged us to make the shift in our daily lives. To prepare, package and preserve our seasonal local food delights. To know your local farmers and to support your local food systems, “you can’t care from out there, you have to care from in here.” So get in your kitchen, connect with your food, create a home garden and become fellow participants in earth’s ‘land healing ministry.’ For the days of our segregated food systems are numbered. Amen!
Inspired and unable to sit still upon returning home, we fired up the roto-tiller for our home garden and began researching Tara Firma Farms CSA Santa Rosa locations.