American Meat film screening in Harisonburg VA

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night the Screening and Panel discussions with Director, Graham Meriwether of the new Independent film “American Meat”.

 

‘American Meat is a solutions-oriented macroscopic documentary surveying the current state of the U.S. meat industry. Featuring, Joel Salatin, Chuck Wirtz, Fred Kirschenmann Steve Ells, Paul Willis, and tens of farmers across America, we take an even-handed look at animal husbandry. We explain how America arrived at our current industrial system, and show you the feedlots and confinement houses, not through hidden cameras but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, we introduce the current revolution developing in animal husbandry, led by the charismatic and passionate Joel Salatin. We meet tens of farmers across the country who have changed their life to start grass-based farms, and we highlight every day tangible solutions that people can take, to change agriculture in America’ – from the film’s website

QR Code for American Meat film
QR Code for American Meat film website

 

Here is a clip from the Panel Discussion on Friday …Filmed  by Michael and Leslie and also posted on YouTube.

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SolarFirst Lady of Virginia cuts the Vine at Cooper Vineyards

April 8 2011: news flash

Cooper Vineyards held their Grand Opening celebration of their LEED certified tasting room. Meet The Farmer TV was there and we will have video interviews coming up! Here we see the First Lady of Virginia, Maureen McDonnell, cutting the proverbial ribbon – in this case a real grape vine.

Virginia's First Lady- cuts the vine
Virginia's First Lady- cuts the vine

*******40 min rough edit 1080p HD VIDEO UPLOADING MONDAY 4-11-2011- it takes a few hours to load the multi-GigaBytes******* drawings (Baskervill) and more detail photos to be added next week

The new tasting room incorporates numerous “green building” design features, such as: geothermal temperature regulation, solar power, SIPS panels, and recycled materials and reclaimed rainwater. The new building will also feature a unique tasting bar including a second outdoor bar on the new large deck overlooking the vineyards, a private tasting room for parties and other special events and a baby grand piano in the main tasting room. [info from Cooper Vineyards website:]

We will talk to Geoffery Cooper and Jacque Hogge, the mentors and owners, also to the architect Michael Pellis  about designing such a wonder, and to Erin Hensley of Urban Grid Solar about the technical aspects of this green building and the grid tied 5.8kW PV array mounted on the ground so everyone can walk around to look at it.

The LEED green building
The LEED green building Tasting Room

 

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Cooper Vineyards
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Chef Mark Newsome of The Joshua Wilton House in Harrisonburg VA

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Year Round Farming

Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Organic Practices

HD video is 1280×720 and will play broadcast quality on HDTV or large screen BUT it is a big file and heavy bandwidth hog. If you have difficulty watching the video, use the scale 4 way arrow on the lower right then right click and turn HD off – then you will get a smaller file and lower bandwidth. HD is color highlighted when it is on, grey when off

Eliot Coleman is one of America‘s most innovative farmers. His determination to grow organic vegetable crops during the winter for profit in Maine has started a revolution among small farmers and market gardeners throughout the temperate climate regions of the world. Thanks to Eliot Coleman‘s books such as Four Season Harvest and The Winter Harvest Handbook many Virginia farmers now look forward to the fall as a time to get started in crop production. Organic growers are learning that there are often better opportunities for economic success in the cool off season than there are in the warm summer months. Quite a few members of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming remember hearing Eliot speak about organic farming practices used by small farmers in Europe at one of the Sustainable Agriculture Conferences held in Charlottesville back in the 1980s. His first book, The New Organic Grower had a huge influence on thousands of aspiring organic farmers. It gave everyone practical systems to follow in organic vegetable production that really worked. This book brought a great deal of new credibility to organic vegetable production by creating order out of chaos.

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VABF Conference in Danville VA

It is almost like a family reunion, all of us getting back together to explore this passon we share…T & E Meats’ Joe Cloud, Adrianne Young, Sharondale Farm’s Mark Jones, and Radical Roots’ Dave O’Neill are just a few of the familiar faces in the house! Chris Mullins, Andy Hankins, Dr. Rafie and crew were in attendance with event in cooperation with VSU.

Mike and Eliot Coleman talk about the hydrosols and, meeting up with VSU folks.

Great meeting up with folks from VSU and VABF

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Local Food Hub – Annual Producer Meeting

Lunch at the Annual Food Hub Meeting
Lunch at the Annual Food Hub Meeting

The 2011 Local Food Hub Annual producer/partner meeting had a local lunch at Bondoran Farm Thursday January 6 2011.

The day started off with several presentations from NRCS and FSA about government programs and grants to help small growers.

Kate and Alan made presentations of the accomplishments and achievements of this terrific collaborative effort. Training and grant writing services were offered. The past year’s performance and planning for the next year were discussed in an open group format.  The concept of creating a Local Food Hub Brand and tag line of “Good Local Food!”  and the groups responsibility to the local community to provide it, was raised and discussed at length. Emily maintained the tweets http://twitter.com/localfoodhub.

Local Food Hub

Specific details will be available to members at their Google Group

Meet The Farmer TV was there and we will have some video clips here at news.MeetTheFarmer.tv for everyone and we look forward to visiting and filming all the producers! Producers please contact us to schedule possible times for farm operation and background filming with Meet The Farmer TV, mailto:info@meetthefarmer.tv

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UVA Food Collaborative screening and discussion

In room 153 at Campbell Hall on December 1 a screening of the Meet The Farmer TV episode about the UVA Food Collaborative event “What’s on Your Plate” was held with intimate discussion between participants following. Meet The Farmer TV host, Michael Clark, presented the screening and stayed for the discussion. Also joining the discussion were chefs from the local Boar’s Head Inn and Restaurant.

UVA Food Collaborative Discussion
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