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June 2017 - Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville, Virginia will be the site of the June 7-9 gathering of the Farm Foundation Round Table. This meeting will feature a tour of three diverse Virginia farms, including Monticello, the home and plantation of Thomas Jefferson.

The opening reception on Wednesday evening, June 7, will be on the Northwest Terrace of Jefferson's Monticello. This will follow an afternoon tour of the plantation, including many areas not generally open to visitors.

The topic for the program sessions on Thursday and Friday, June 8-9, is:   A Hopeful Future: Farming and Food Production Over the next Two Decades. Round Table members, guests and invited speakers will  examine opportunities, market shifts and technologies that will positively affect five major sectors of the food and agricultural industry: Dairy, protein, grain, specialty crops and retail.

Program-related reading materials
 Disrupting the Meat Industry: Tissue Culture Beef, Jose B. Alvarez & Matthew G. Preble, Harvard Business School, Nov. 7, 2014.

In April 2012, the New York Times published an article by James McWilliams titled: The Myth of Sustainabile Beef.  Joel Salatin, whose Polyface Farm is one of the stops on the Round Table Tour, posted this response in Grist.

Science Magazine, May 11, 2017, "Six-legged livestock--sustainable food production,"

On Wednesday, June 7, the Farm Foundation Round Table will visit three Virginia Farms.  At Polyface Farm, co-owner Joel Salatin will discuss his system of complex pasture rotations and a marketing plan focused on individual families and local markets.

Lunch will be at Walnut Grove, the childhood farm of Cyrus McCormick. The photo at right (photo by Morgan Riley) is the blacksmith shop where McCormick first started his work on designing a mechanical reaper. 

The afternoon will find us at Monticello, where we will be able to tour parts of the residence and planatation that few visitors have the opportunity to see. Here is the  TOUR AGENDA.

Meeting registration can be completed ONLINE.

Or print out the  REGISTRATION FORM, and return it with payment to the Farm Foundation office.

The meeting will take place at:
The Boar's Head Inn
200 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903
For reservations call: 866-996-7504 and reference Farm Foundation, NFP. The code for the room block is 10X7ZB.

The Farm Foundation room block at the Boar's Head Inn was filled, expanded and filled again. The hotel is now fully booked. Here are alternative hotel options within about a 10-minute drive of the Boar's Head.

The nearest airport is the Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Aiport--

The Boar's Head Inn offers a free shuttle service to and from the Charlottesville Airport.





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