Some producers in Mudgee have become experts at diversifying their product; High Valley Wine and Cheese is one excellent example – their popular café adds another dimension to their business and has established it as a popular tourist stop, something that surely helps the sales of their marinated cheeses in high-end city delis.
It’s no surprise, then, that Mudgee is the perfect place for farming innovator Joel Salatin to host a talk tomorrow night at the AREC on Ulan Road. For those who are more keep and would like more intensive instruction, there will be a two-day course this Friday and Saturday that will explore the methods in detail.
If you’re unfamiliar with his work, Mr. Salatin is the owner of Polyface Farms and a pioneer in the area of sustainable farming. His fundamental principle is that landholders, no matter how poor the condition of their property, can work with the natural environment to produce a smaller quantities of high quality product and generate more profit than if they engaged in traditional industrial or bulk farming practices.
A controversial figure in America where industrial farming is king, I imagine his reception here will be more subdued and accepting when he is introduced by Costa of SBS’s Costa’s Garden Odyssey tomorrow evening. Attendees will be offered a complimentary glass of Mudgee wine, and there will be a question and answer session to follow.
Limited tickets will be available on the door for $30 or $20 for Watershed Landcare members. When you think about the difference the talk could mean to your acreage or business, it seems like a small price to pay.