Free Event at Four String Farm, Fri, Oct 20 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm–Meet Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm

Friends, join us this Friday, October 20th, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Four String Farm in Rockport to meet Joel Salatin, the most innovative farmer in the world!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of SpringCure Foundation, led by our friend Dr. Mohammad Emran, this event will be FREE and open to the public.  We expect a wonderful gathering of good folks interested in food and farming.  I have heard from farmers as far away as Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, and many places in between, who will visit us, plus many local folks interested in good food.

We will have many great sponsors with information and products, please read below to find out more.  This will be a wonderful day with great people, please don’t miss it!

What to Wear, What to Bring

Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes to this event.  Boots and blue jeans are recommended.  Also, bring your favorite brand of mosquito spray, just in case.  Wear a hat if it is sunny and a rain coat if it is rainy!  We will hold the event rain or shine, as always on our farm, so please dress for the weather.  There will be a big tent, restrooms available, and food and beverages for sale at the Hester’s Food Truck.  There will be a valet service to park your car.  Children of all ages are welcome!

How to Get Here

Our address is 211 Spring Lane, Rockport, TX 78382.  Our farm is located approximately 30 miles north of Corpus Christi.  Please give yourself plenty of time to get here.  The roads are sometimes slow due to debris removal all over town.

Farm Tour at 2:00pm

Joel Salatin will tour our farm beginning at 2:00pm.  All farmers (and future farmers!) are welcome to join us for this tour.  Joel will offer ideas and suggestions for cultivating the land based on his vast experience with farms around the world.  Joel Salatin is THE most innovative farmer in the world, please don’t miss this tour if you are at all interested in good food!

Joel Salatin Talk and Question/Answer Session at 3:00pm

Joel Salatin will give a talk at 3:00pm followed by a question/answer session.  We have scheduled plenty of time to make sure everyone with questions can be included.  Salatin is one of the most sought-after speaker at colleges, TED Talks, by Wall Street CEO’s, the Royal Family in England, and groups around the world.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this fascinating speaker in the open air right here in South Texas.  You can purchase a selection of Salatin’s books at this event.

Thank You to Our Wonderful Sponsors!

Kayla and I are so blessed to have such wonderful friends as these great sponsors listed below.  Please come and meet them, you will love them.  We will also host the farmers from Spirit Pioneering Farm, Whole Earth Farm, Palo Verde Cattle Company, Groundswell Farm, and Turkey Hollow Farm.  There will be many other great farmers here as well, come meet the local food network of South/Central Texas!

Thank you for joining us on this special day, it is a truly once-in-a-lifetime event for our farm, we are so thankful to share it with you!

SpringCure Foundation

Dr. Mohammad Emran

We are thrilled to have the support of SpringCure Foundation, led by our friend Dr. Mohammad Emran, which has made this event possible.  Because of the generosity and vision of Dr. Emran, this event is FREE and open to the public.  Dr. Emran is a surgeon in Corpus Christi who has authored two great books and has many programs in the works.  Dr. Emran is leading a health revolution in South Texas, I hope you have an opportunity to meet this amazing man and find out more about his organization.

Oh Goodie Designs + Events

Kayla and I could not get this event off the ground without the generous support and brilliant eventsmanship of Jo Anne Howell of Oh Goodie Designs + Events!  If you have any kind of event, especially a wedding or something that has to be perfect, you must call Jo Anne!  She is so buttoned up, so professional, and so completely good at this.  And she is so much fun to work with.  Thank you Jo Anne, you are the BEST!

Hester’s Café

Food and beverages will be provided for sale by Hester’s Café!  We are so thankful to Hester and Jason for bringing their wonderful products to our farm!  Hester and Jason have been customers of ours, and an inspiration to us, for a long time.  Enjoy some great food and drinks while you are here!

Kimmi’s Fine Foods

We are so happy to have our friend and partner Kimmi of Kimmi’s Fine Foods with us!  Kimmi has been our friend, supporter, cheerleader, coach, strategist, consultant, and pep-talker since the beginning, and she is now part of our family.  Kimmi’s Fine Foods in Rockport will be reopening shortly, ask Kimmi for details and visit her store soon!

Grow Local South Texas

The folks at Grow Local South Texas will bring a lot of great information to the event, and, even better, they will bring an adorable giant chicken!  Sat, Oct 21 is the Bawktoberfest Urban Chicken Coop Tour in Corpus Christi.  Please sign up for this tour for inspiration, ideas, and wonderful products, and connections with the local food community!  Grow Local is a wealth of knowledge of about local food, growers, legislation, and support—and they host the fantastic Downtown Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays in Corpus Christi.  This group is a leading voice in the local food movement, please ask them how you can be a part of it!

Roastorium Coffee

Spencer of Roastorium Coffee will bring some samples of his extremely high-quality delicious coffee.  Don’t miss this navy veteran who knows the business about coffee!

Eleanor’s Coffee Bar + Market

Eleanor’s Coffee Bar + Market will have some wonderful items to show and sample.  Jessica Gignac is our wonderful Farm Share partner in Corpus Christi.  We have loved visiting Eleanor’s every Friday, it is a beautiful and special place.  Eleanor’s adds elegance to everything.  If you want the perfect cup of coffee (or juice, tea, or many other fine products) visit Eleanor’s today!

Texas Agri-Life

Our friend Ginger Easton-Smith will share information about Texas Agri-Life.  Ginger is the Agricultural Extension Agent for Aransas and San Patricio counties.  She is leading many great programs in our area—but be sure to ask her about her experience in Hawaii.  Ginger has studied and worked in agriculture in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

GLOW of Rockport

Our friend Karey Swarthout of GLOW of Rockport will present a very special product at this event!  Karey has developed her own locally-made sea salt from the waters of our very own bay!  This is a very special, rare, and utterly wholesome and delicious product made by Karey, by hand.  Karey will donate the proceeds of her sea salt sales to college scholarships for kids from Rockport.  Find out how to get this lovely sea salt (while you can, it will sell out fast!) and support a great cause.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Baker Creek Hierloom Seeds is the leading provider of heirloom seeds in America.  We have planted many thousands of their seeds over the years–all those hierloom veggies of ours that you love started as seeds at Baker Creek.  Baker Creek will send information and free seed packets to this event!  Baker Creek has been a great supporter of hurricane recovery projects; we are so glad to have them.

Premier1 Fence Supplies

We will offer brochures and information about Premier1 Fence Supplies.  Even better, we will demonstrate a Premiere1 electric poultry netting fence in action!  This display will show you exactly the system for pasturing chickens.

We still have time to add sponsors!  If you would like to be part of this event, please e-mail me atjustinallenbutts@gmail.com.  You are welcome to bring a few items to showcase your business, we will be glad to help you set up.

Thank you again for joining us on this beautiful day!  We look forward to seeing you Friday!

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