Dubbed one of the most innovative farmers in the world by Time Magazine, Joel Salatin proves that holistic management and regenerative agriculture are the best way to build a successful and viable agricultural entreprise.
Join him on May 5-7th 2019 for a three-days Masterclass organised by Coume Sourde Farm (Aude, France).
Joel Salatin’s agricultural philosophy is based on the growth of a nutrient-rich grass on which animals can thrive in a symbiotic food cycle without chemical products. Cattle is regularly moved from one pasture to the other rather than fed corn. The chickens follow them in their “Egg-mobile” to scatter dung and the nutrients they contain, and to eat fly larvae. The pigs aerate compost and forage their own acorn-based food in the forest.
This intensive agricultural system, based on multi-species synergies (humans includes), produces more per hectare than the industriel system. Add to that the development of a dense local community of clients with direct marketing, and you get the recipe for a profitable agricultural entreprise which offers an unrivaled quality of life.
“We want prospective customers to find farms in their areas and keep the money in their own community. We think there is strength in decentralization and spreading out rather than in being concentrated and centralized.« – Joel Salatin
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« Joel Salatin doesn’t exploit the land, nor the animals, nor humans. On the contrary, he offers to allow them all to give their best, and to unite each and all’s own abilities in a permanent synergy. Just like a conductor, he invites the earth, the trees, animals and humans to collaborate in a unique symphony where each has a place… including the final consumer whom, by his endorsement of the philosophy, enables the enterprise to prosper and persist.
Joel Salatin is an imagination catalyst anchored in the pragmatism of a family’s patriarch – one could even say of a good housewife who only spends what she has and allows nothing to go wasted. For him, transition starts right now and never ends since it opens up to possibilities impossible to predict. The originality of his proposal is that it can be applied everywhere and, even, for everything. »
Preface to the French version of his best-seller « You Can Farm »
The Masterclass is in English, but a simultaneous translation to French will we offered by our hosts.
The Masterclass starts on Sunday, May 5 at 8.30am and ends on Monday 6 at 6pm. If you wish to stay for the farm tour on the 7th, it will end at noon.
Reception is available from Saturday afternoon.
The Masterclass is hosted in Rennes-le-Château (11190), at Coume Sourde Farm.
Address : Coume Sourde (lieu-dit), 11190 Rennes-le-Château.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTS
Nearest TGV station : Carcassonne
Then bus in the direction of Quillan, or TER train in the direction of Limoux followed by bus in the direction of Quillan ; stop at Couiza – Montazels station.
TER Train / Bus schedule from Carcassonne to Couiza-Montazels for Saturday May the 4th :
|08h05 => 09h07||– TER Bus towards Quillan, stop at Couiza-Montazels||1h02|
|09h15 => 10h21||– TER Bus towards Quillan, stop at Couiza-Montazels||1h06|
|10h36 => 11h41|| – TER Train to Limoux, followed by TER Bus towards Quillan, stop at Couiza-Montazels||1h05|
|14h15 => 15h17||– TER Bus towards Quillan, stop at Couiza-Montazels||1h02|
|17h28 => 18h29||– TER Train to Limoux, followed by TER Bus towards Quillan, stop at Couiza-Montazels||1h01|
If you are coming with public transports, you need to arrive on Saturday the 4th (there are no available transports in the morning to make you arrive on time on Sunday the 5th).
We invite all participants who wish to come by car to register their travel on the carsharing platform dedicated to the event : https://www.togetzer.com/covoiturage-evenement/xktkam
All participants who do not have a car are also invited to check on this website if a car is not departing from nearby their starting point.
This will allow you to share the costs, and the event to cut on its carbon emissions !
Ribambelle offers options of collective housing. You can book your housing directly on the registration platform, at the same time as your access to the Masterclass. You can choose housing+breakfast and dinner separately or together. Please book the relevant number of days.
For logistical practicality reasons, we warmly advise participants to stay at Ribambelle. If however you wish to have a room of your own, and you have a car (compulsory), you can find a list of nearby lodgings here : https://www.rennes-le-chateau.fr/hebergements/. Important : you then have to take care of the lodging booking yourself, without the help of our ticket counter. In any case, lunches are included in the price of the Masterclass.
For all additional information concerning tickets, please click on the « i » on the right side of the relevant ticket.
If you have any questions, you can write to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Please indicate your first and last name, as well as a phone number you can be contacted on.
FOR WHOM ?
COUME SOURDE FARM
High in the Mediterranean Pyrenees (at an altitude of 505 meters), Coume Sourde farm’s mission is to produce meat and eggs in respect of the animal and its environment, while regenerating the soil and the ecosystem. After three years of intensive application of Polyface’s principles on livestock and soil management, the results are there …
To discover with Joel’s take during this training.