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Welcome to

Saturday, December 3 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND

With special guest

Joel Salatin Joel Salatin 3 opportunities 3 diverse topics

10 - 11 a.m. 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. 3 to 4 p.m.

Scaling Up Local Symposium results and planning meeting 4:30-5:30 p.m.

(Open to the public free of charge)

AGENDA “The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer” “Going Full Time With Your Part-Time Farm” “Local Food to the Rescue”

9 -10 a.m. 10 - 11 a.m. 11 - 11:15 a.m. 11:15 am. - 12:15 p.m. 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. 1:15 – 1:30 p.m. 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 2:30 – 3 p.m. 3 – 4 p.m.


Registration Joel Salatin: “The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer” Break Session I Lunch & Joel Salatin: “Going Full Time With Your Part Time Farm” Move to breakouts Session II Break Joel Salatin: “Local Food to the Rescue” 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Morning Sessions

Greenhouse and season extension Chuck Waibel and Carol Ford Milan, Minn.

Intensive grazing for beef Gabe Brown, Bismarck and Myron Lick, Ruso

Buying and selling locally Darby Smith, Fargo

Pastured Poultry Production Dennis Schill, Hannah and John Carlson, Cleveland

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Sessions Farm Breeding Club Theresa Podoll, Fullerton Steve Zwinger, Carrington

Intensive grazing for beef Gabe Brown, Bismarck and Myron Lick, Ruso

Eating Seasonally Sue Balcom, Mandan

Pastured Poultry Production Dennis Schill, Hannah and John Carlson, Cleveland

4:30 p.m.

Dr. Abby Gold reports on May 19 Symposium findings and a chance for local food networking and forming working groups. Anyone is invited to join this session free of charge.

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Welcome to FARRMS Sustainable U Welcome!

This is an exciting day for all of us who are passionate about local food, sustainable agriculture and local economies! Thank you for joining with us in this important work. We hope you will find the workshops informative and the presentations lively. This is an interactive day so feel free to ask questions, network and make new friends. Be sure to take note of our generous sponsors and introduce yourself to their representatives. FARRMS believes that good agricultural practices focused on diversified farming and local food systems are important to both the health of our state and the economy of our rural communities. We believe educating the next generation of farmers is critical to keep the food supply fresh and nutritious for our families, our schools and to support main street businesses.

Thank you to our sponsors & advertisers

The FARRMS staff and board members will be available for questions about our nonprofit organization. We are always seeking strong candidates for our board. Do you have a passion for real food, small farms and strong rural economies? Join us!

Enjoy this day of Annie Carlson inspiration, encouragement and motivation. Thank you for taking the first step by joining those here today. We CAN do this!

Annie Carlson FARRMS executive director

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FARRMS board

Mindi Grieve President

Annie Kirschenmann Vice President

Sharon Clancy Treasurer

Brian McGinness

Gerald Horner

Kristi Wirrenga


Fred Kirschenmann Honorary Member

Our mission is to further the sustainability of thriving and rural communities

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Meet our presenters 10 a.m. - The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer The Sheer Ecstasy Of Being A Lunatic Farmer

JOEL SALATIN FARRMS keynote speaker, Joel Salatin, 54, is a fulltime farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas.

The farm services more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products using relationship marketing. He holds a BA degree in English and writes extensively in magazines such as STOCKMAN GRASS FARMER, ACRES USA, and AMERICAN AGRICULTURALIST.


Also the title of one of Joel’s books, this performance describes, with hilarious stories and drama, the difference between Polyface and today’s average farm.

Joel Salatin

If you’ve ever wondered how a local, pasture-based, relationally oriented farm differs from industrial commodity-based machine-driven farms, this presentation takes away the mystery. A wide ranging discussion, this performance ranges from ponds to people to politics.

You’ll never think about food and farming the same way. You’ll be challenged, encouraged and entertained on your way to learning from this self-described lunatic farmer.

Please take the time to fill out the evaluations for Sustainable U – future events are depending on it.


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Meet our presenters 11:15 a.m. - Greenhouse and Season Extension

Chuck Waibel and Carol Ford

Chuck Waibel and Carol Ford were saddened to receive the last box of veggies at the end of their summer CSA season, so they started researching winter growing. Carol’s expertise as a Master Gardener, and Chuck’s Systems Analysis and Engineering knowledge led them to invent a new kind of winter growing system. Now, they supply a 12-member, winter-only CSA from their structure, from October to April. They have traveled from Thunder Bay, Ontario, to Emporia, Kansas, talking about their techniques, and have helped create new greenhouse in dozens of locations, both urban and rural.


Visit the book table to purchase your copy of “The Northlands Winter Greenhouse Manual” by Chuck and Carol, many of Joel Salatin’s books and Fred Kirschenmann’s “Cultivating the Ecological Conscience.”

Carol Ford and Chuck Waibel

11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - Intensive Grazing for Beef

Gabe Brown and Myron Lick

Gabe and Shelly Brown’s Ranch is a cow/calf operation located adjacent to I-94 in central North Dakota, two miles east of Bismarck. Gabe, Shelly, and their son Paul, have an open-minded philosophy, a willingness to try innovative practices and a dedication to being good land stewards. These qualities have earned the Browns the respect of their fellow cattlemen. After purchasing the ranch, Gabe and Shelly decided their first priority would be to improve soil health. Gabe is adamant that a successful ranch starts with healthy soils. He has practiced zero-till farming since 1994 and is a strong advocate, crediting zero-till for improving soil health, thus increasing yields while enabling him

12:15 p.m. - Joel Salatin plenary session

Going Full Time With Your Part-Time Farm Too many wannabee farmers feel tapped in a farmer’s body paying bills with off-farm incomes. Scaling up with emotional, economic, and environmental integrity requires specific techniques like stacking, value adding, diversifying, and building multiple use infrastructures. You don’t need to own land to farm; all the infrastructure and customers are portable. Capital payback leases and other techniques can propel your farm to a white collar salary.

to decrease inputs. This, along with increased organic matter and litter Gabe Brown and son, Paul on the soil surface, improves soil health, water infiltration and utilization for a positive impact on the environment. Wildlife species have increased, both in diversity and population, since Gabe began the zero-till cropping system. By practicing the philosophy of using livestock as a tool to improve natural resources, the Browns are insuring the continued viability of the operation for themselves, their children, and future generations.

3 p.m. - Joel Salatin plenary session

Local Food to the Rescue Biosecurity, food borne pathogens, energy, integrity, humane husbandry: local food can correct it all. But to really be a credible percentage of the global food system, it must develop six integrated components: production, processing, marketing, accounting, distribution, and patrons. Building a local food system that works requires aromatic and aesthetic production models that reimbed the butcher, baker, and candlestick maker into the community. Economies of scale in collaborative foodshed distribution compete with corporate volume. And patrons must rediscover their kitchens, eating seasonally and relearning domestic culinary arts.

Meet our presenters 11:15 a.m. - Buying and Selling Locally

Darby Smith -

Darby Smith is co-owner of Sydney’s Health Market, with founder Stephanie Engel. Darby is passionate about nutrition and helping others. He has experience as a nationally registered e.m.t., a health care specialist for the army national guard, and has worked in the natural foods industry for more than 10 years.

11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - Pastured Poultry Production

Dennis Schill, Annie Carlson and John Carlson

Annie Carlson has worked as a corporate trainer for Coventry Health Care, a high school Physical Science teacher, and as an adjunct professor of Biology at Bismarck State College, teaching Human Biology.

She and her husband, John, own and operate Morning Joy Farm which consists of a vegetable CSA, pastured broiler chickens, heritage turkeys and Annie Carlson pastured eggs. Her passions include small farm profitability, relationship marketing and sustainable agriculture practices.

Dennis Schill, along with his wife, Diane, live on their family farm near Langdon, ND, just 2.5 miles from Canada.  During the summers, they have two cow herds

that come for summer camp.

The cattle are rotationally grazed from June through October. They have their own flock of 45 ewes that are also rotationally grazed and provide wool for the North Dakota Wooly Girls, of which Diane is a partner.  

And yes, they do chickens. They direct market, CSA style,  about 380 broilers a year.  They do “chicken tractors” and on-farm processing.  They have three grown sons.  Daniel, married with two daughters,  Andrew at UND and Luke at Lake Region College. Dennis Schill

2011 Sustainable U Program  
2011 Sustainable U Program  

The program for Saturday, Dec. 3.