Tour Polyface with Joel Salatin and Enjoy “Save Your Bacon” Weekend

Reader Contribution by Kimberly Hartke
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The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) hosts a benefactors’ bash at Polyface Farm every year. This event is exciting, casual and inspiring. The things you’ll see and learn and the people you’ll meet are well worth the trip to Swoope, Virginia (2.5 hours south of Washington DC). A big tent is pitched in the back pasture, and a farm fresh breakfast and lunch is served, with an in-depth hay wagon tour led by Joel himself. It’s a family-friendly event and the children have a great time.

This year, the September 7th event is going to be bigger and better, with lots of ways for people to participate. We hope you will join us in the Celebration! at Polyface and the other “Save Your Bacon” events that weekend. Folks from many dietary persuasions can meet at the table to agree that farms like Joel Salatin’s Polyface are the way to future health and rural prosperity.

Proponents of grass-based agriculture and whole foods eating are coming out strong in support of farm food freedom issues. Now in its 6th year, FTCLDF is leveling the playing field by helping small family farms, homesteaders and artisan food producers fend off attacks from federal agencies or overzealous bureaucrats on the state and local level.

In addition to membership fees, Farm-to-Fork FundRAISERS help FTCLDF fill its coffers to handle cases; so, the price of some tickets is relatively high. You can take advantage of a couple of price breaks to make these more accessible: save up to $80 with the “Save Your Bacon” premium weekend including the farm breakfast. Of course, you’re also welcome to get tickets a la carte for the events. You can even choose the Polyface basic for a tour with Joel’s son, Daniel, and have the same great lunch ($125 less).

For tickets and more details, click here or visit

“Save Your Bacon Weekend Getaway” Giveaway

FTCLDF member and Farmageddon filmmaker, Kristin Canty, is sponsoring a weekend-for-two giveaway. The winner receives two FREE tickets to attend each of the Save Your Bacon Weekend events plus two FREE nights (September 6 & 7, 2013) and parking at the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia including the Paleo Breakfast Buffet on Sunday morning (valued at $1174).

After the Saturday Celebration! at Polyface in Swoope, Virginia, we head into the charming town of Staunton for the Saturday evening event, BaconPalooza, a bacon appetizer cook-off with several popular Paleo and a screening of American Meat, a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in America. The night will close with a panel discussion led by producer/director Graham Meriwether. For P3: Paleo, Polyface, Porkfest on Sunday, blogger Jenny McGruther joins Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution–The Original Human Diet, for a full-day diet and cooking workshop including lunch keynote by Joel Salatin.

Enter the drawing by midnight Monday (July 29, 2013) for the “Save Your Bacon Weekend” Giveaway. No purchase is necessary; simply enter your email address or login through facebook. Click on the giveaway icon at

Join us for the weekend in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, or come for just one day. For tickets and more details, click here. Special $99/night hotel rate ends August 5, 2013.

Guest blogger, Kimberly Hartke, is the publicist for and member of FTCLDF; she covers food rights issues on her popular blog,

Pete Kennedy is an attorney in Sarasota, Florida and serves as president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), a U.S.-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit whose primary mission is to protect the rights of small family farms, artisan food producers and consumers to engage in direct commerce without government interference. Please visit or call 703-208-3276 to join or donate.

Photo Credit: FTCLDF graphics