Wednesday April 8, 7:30am-6:30pm Dinner with Joel Salatin
at OakFIT, 2318 Beatrice St, Dallas, 75208
Urban Acres and Carbon Economy Series presents 1st annual "sol conference" featuring keynote speaker Joel Salatin
(Dallas, TX) – Urban Acres and Carbon Economy Series is pleased to present the First Annual sōl Conference which will highlight issues, companies, organizations, and products to help attendees incorporate more "Sustainable, Organic and Local" into their everyday lives. Featuring keynote speaker, author, locavore, and third-generation alternative farmer Joel Salatin, the conference will take place on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 7:30am-6:30pm at OakFIT, 2318 Beatrice St, Dallas, 75208. Tickets and details are available at solconference.org.
Says Joel Salatin, “The Urban Acres and Carbon Economy Series folks are always some of the most enjoyable I’ve ever worked with. It’s a real pleasure to be a part of the sōl Conference to help people learn and get inspired to make positive changes that affect themselves, their community, and the world.”
Other featured speakers include well-known Dallas chefs Graham Dodds of Hibiscus and Chad Houser of Café Momentum, Andrea Ridout of the popular home improvement radio show “Ask Andrea,” as well as representatives from Carbon Economy Series, Eat The Yard, Garden Harvests, and OakFIT. Speaker and breakout sessions will address topics such as backyard chickens and gardening, the importance of local food sourcing and whole foods including practical ways to incorporate them into one’s life. Graham Dodds will be demonstrating whole-animal butchering by breaking down a whole hog donated from one of Urban Acres’ local farmers.
Likeminded vendors will be provided an avenue to engage with conference attendees and sell their products at the “Gecko Marketplace.” Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who wish to have a greater presence at the conference. Current sponsors include Artizone, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Gecko Hardware.
The Artizone-sponsored after-party will round out the conference at 6:30pm with drinks and a DJ, free tacos from Chipotle and other food truck options.
Joel Salatin’s 550-acre fourth-generation Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is featured prominently in Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and the documentary films, Food, Inc. and Fresh. Salatin's engaging and humorous speaking and writing reflect dirt-under-the-fingernails experience as he passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm.
Since 2009, Urban Acres has been serving the Dallas/Ft. Worth community by providing organic "co-op style" produce supporting Texas farmers at their 18 pickup locations across the city and through their 1/4-acre urban farmstead in Oak Cliff. Urban Acres Farmstead is committed to using 100% organic produce and dairy, fair-trade spices, pastured meats, and products that do not contain pesticides or hormones, artificial flavoring, hydrogenated oils, MSG, or GMOs. Visitors can dine on the patio at communal farm tables and tour the on-site chicken coop, rabbit pens, herb garden, flower garden, and aquaponics greenhouse, as well as sign up for a variety of Farmstead classes including knife skills, cooking, canning and gardening. For more info visit urbanacresfarmstead.com.