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Sexy Food: Meet Joel Salatin

This is reposted from The Seattleite’s Linda Miller Nicholson, a self-described “Stiletto Ninja turned Foodie Fashionista”. I guess that explains the blatant objectification of poor old Joel Salatin…visit the original post to comment.

Spend time with a hunk, learn about farming and get healthy — all in a day’s work.

With dust on his boots and suspenders hugging his abs just tightly enough to reveal their muscled tone, Joel Salatin is the embodiment of the Hot Farmer.

His hotness is magnified by all the work he’s done to promote sustainable farming practices in a culture that often fights him tooth and nail. More than that, he’s a winsome Virginia boy with a heart of gold and smiling eyes. You can get up close and personal with him on Saturday, July 23, at the Kirkland Health Fair. When he’s not busy spreading the word about how to raise cows, pigs, chicken and carrots in more humane and eco-friendly ways, he’s at home on the third-generation, family-run Polyface Farms — an iconic establishment in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Polyface catapulted to international fame as the grass farm featured on the pages of The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, as well as the Oscar-nominated film Food, Inc. Salatin is much more than just the pretty face behind the farm, however. Overall, he’s penned six books — and his latest, The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, details his unconventional approach to agriculture. Though he is often perceived as crazy by big, bad cattle men, Salatin’s ideas might just save the future of the farming and ranching industries. “Long after the ecological adulterers and prostitutes have run their course,” he writes, “earthworms will still want organic matter to eat and will still create fertile soil out of poverty.” His zeal for making the world a better place is as infectious in person as it is on paper. Even when you close your eyes, you can tell he is smiling through his words. Read the original article here. And check out Linda’s blog, Salty Seattle for more of her hilarious softcore foodie-rotica. Check out Salatin’s latest creation, The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer here.

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A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until next Spring. With author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors, you can grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s new book, Year-Round Indoor Salad […] Read More..

Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start.Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes developed […] Read More..

What in the World is a Pawpaw?

Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw: […] Read More..