June 5, 2005
FOOD TASTING AND SEMINAR
“Emerging Agricultural Ideas: Session I, The Trend Towards Raw Dairy
and Opportunity Development for Farmers and Consumers.”
Wednesday June 22, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
NO ADMISSION FEE. DONATIONS APPRECIATED
Featuring: Mark McAfee, Founder of Organic Pastures Raw Dairy in California, Ron Schmid, N.D., Author of The Untold Story of Milk
MC’d by Virginia’s own Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm, sustainable agriculturist extraordinaire
Come Eat Farm Fresh Food, Win a Door Prize or Raffle, hear our dynamic speakers, and participate in a round table discussion at :
Other Speakers Include:
Location: Western Albemarle High School, Charlottsville, VA
5941 Rockfish Gap Turnpike
US-250 E/ROCKFISH GAP TURNPIKE via EXIT 107 off I-64 toward
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Hosted by Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (VICFA) and
The Weston A. Price Foundation, Charlottesville Chapter (WAPF)
Mark McAfee, Founder and Managing Member of OPDC and McAfee Farms
Mark McAfee has managed the 600 acre diversified family farm for 24 years. In 1998 Mark was selected as the “Best of the West” fruit grower out of 20,000 US fruit growers for innovations in food safety. He was featured on 20/20 with Lynn Sherr for food safety and organic innovations in 1998. He invented the nation’s first Grade A Certified, 20-station mobile milk barn. Mark served as Operations, Marketing and Human Resources Director for $30 million dollar emergency medical company for five years while maintaining certification as a Paramedic over a 16-year period. He also completed premed education course work at FSU, Chapman and Merced JC. Earned certificate from California Poly Tech University in cheese production technology. He personally invented all organic raw dairy products at OPDC. Mark McAfee has been interviewed by countless magazines, radio stations, and TV stations, and is considered an organic and raw dairy expert. He has spoken in California, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Nebraska as an expert on organic raw milk issues. He is an accomplished high performance private pilot with extensive medical mission work in remote central Mexico serving as a mission pilot for Flying Doctors. Recently, he has been selected to sit on the National Organic Dairy Advisory Board. (This is a University of California research based organization that provides funding for the advancement of important organic milk research projects.) Is commonly referred to as “director of excitement” by OPDC team members.
Mark will explore various opportunities available to fix the broken food chain, and rebuild that bridge between farmers and consumers and return the family farm to profitability. Because of the overwhelming interest and demand for raw milk that is sweeping across America, Mark will focus part of his presentation on how to reliably produce safe, organic raw milk and will explain the raw milk nutritional values and why raw milk is the best choice because of the many benefits it provides.
Ron Schmid, ND
Dr. Ron Schmid, author of The Untold Story of Milk, has practiced as a licensed naturopathic physician in Connecticut for over 20 years. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Schmid has taught at all four of America’s accredited naturopathic medical schools, and served as the first clinic director and chief medical officer at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1999 and 2000. His first book, Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine, was first published in 1987 and remains in print today. Dr. Schmid maintains an active practice, seeing patients at his Watertown, Connecticut home.
In April of 2003 he bought an old thirteen-acre farm and his first cow, a Jersey named Dear that he now milks twice each day. He and his partner Ellen are in the process of establishing a raw milk dairy. “In many ways, this is the most challenging thing I’ve ever done,” he told us. “If things go well, in a few years I’ll be able to call myself a farmer.”
Joel Salatin is one of the most innovative, successful and influential farmers working in America today. His Polyface Farm, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, grows grass-fed beef, chickens, rabbits, pigs, turkeys and eggs in a complex rotational system based on intensively-managed pastures and the symbiotic relationships among species. The farm generates all its own fertility and, with the exception of chicken feed and a few mineral supplements, is entirely self-sufficient. Salatin, a third generation alternative farmer, is the author of many books, most recently Holy Cows and Hog Heaven. His farm has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, Gourmet Magazine , New York Times Magazine, and ABC World News Tonight.
Christine Solem has been selling her raw milk goat cheeses in the Charlottesville Farmers’ Market for several decades. Now that the Commonwealth has outlawed her livelihood, come and hear what Christine is doing about it!
John Coles has been making and selling goat cheeses and fresh produce in Charlottesville Farmers’ Market since it started. John will present us with some of his experiences.
Richard Morris, creator of the Bread and Money website, breadandmoney.com
Richard Morris will speak about “An Epiphany and a Plate of Chicken: An account of one man’s dizzying journey down the rabbit hole of America’s nutrition policy and the importance of being a nutrition contrarian.”
Kathryn Russell manages her diversified farm in Albemarle County that offers cow and goat shares for the consumer. She will speak on the how-to’s of exercising your choices in fresh dairy and the dynamic growth of share programs. She is the Weston A. Price Charlottesville Area Chapter Leader.
Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association is a grass roots organization dedicated to returning the rights of consumers to freely purchase foods of their choice. VICFA’s purpose is “To promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade that fosters availability of locally grown or home-produced food products.” VICFA encourages you to take an active part in assuring your RIGHT as a consumer to choose your food sources and your RIGHT as a farmer to be able to sell the fruits of your labor. We publish a monthly newsletter chock full of information about the new wave in direct market farming, legislative and political updates affecting Virginia’s food choices, and the benefits of direct farmer to consumer interaction. In addition, we present a yearly producers’ issue featuring VICFA producer members and their products.
You can find us at http://www.vicfa.net/.
Weston A. Price Foundation is a non-profit food and nutrition organization dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to our diet through education, research and activism. WAPF supports accurate nutrition education, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. WAPF members stand united in their belief that modern technology should be harnessed as a servant to the wise and nurturing traditions of our ancestors and that science and knowledge can validate those traditions. The Foundation publishes a quarterly journal, Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts. WAPF is membership driven and has 300 local chapters around the world dedicated to promoting local farm produce.