Sep 17

Michael Pollan’s Review of Real Dirt

I had the opportunity to meet Michael Pollan at a conference last week and gave him a copy of Real Dirt. Here is the note I received from him (which he gave me permission to use):

Harry: I read your book on the way home and just wanted to tell you how fine I thought it was. You completely ignore every orthodoxy, which allows you to speak about both with unusual credibility. It’ll piss everybody off, I’m sure, but I found it very persuasive on many points. Also well written and clear and funny. Congratulations– it’s an important contribution to the conversation.

All [the] best,

Michael

Michael Pollan with Real Dirt

Harry handing Real Dirt to Michael Pollan

 

Nov 09

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas Nov 15th – Toronto

I’ll be on a panel discussing ‘Soil as Intelligence’ mid-afternoon. As a small bonus for coming to see me, you’ll also get to hear Vandana Shiva.

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Nov 09

Harry’s at ACORN Conf. Nov 12 – Halifax, NS

I’m leading several workshops in the Rare Breeds stream. Real Dirt will be available for sale at the conference book table. If you’re there on Nov 12, I’ll even autograph it for you.

Topics:
Turning Your Rare Breed Hobby into a Business.
Colourful Chickens, Odd Ducks and Flying Turkeys
Rare Breeds for Grass Fed Beef
Our Experience Raising Lesser Pasture Lice ;-).

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Nov 08

Real Dirt Author Harry Stoddart speaking at the University of Guelph Nov 26th

The event is on campus at PJs at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 26th. Thank you to the UofG Student Chapter of Slow Food for hosting the event.

Eating Our Way to a Flourishing Future
Your food choices are transforming the planet, for better or worse. What choices lead to a flourishing future? What choices are diminishing the future? Sixth-generation Ontario farmer Harry Stoddart will connect the dots between what we choose to eat and the solutions to major challenges facing society. Find out how your diet can transform agriculture into humanity’s most effective tool in our fight against climate change, preserving biodiversity and ecosystems, and in the fight against hunger.

Harry is a graduate of the University of Guelph with both a B. Sc.(Agr.) and M.Sc. in agricultural economics. Harry, his wife Silvia, and their children currently raise 100% grass-fed beef and lamb on certified organic pastures north east of Toronto. Their agricultural pursuits have included a conventional farrow-to-finish hog and cash-crop operation, 2000 acres of certified organic grain crops and 5 acres of certified organic vegetables. Harry is an Associate of The George Morris Centre, a faculty member in the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Fleming College in Lindsay, and author of the insightful new book, Real Dirt – An Ex-industrial Farmer’s Guide to Sustainable Eating.

Praise for Real Dirt: An Ex-industrial Farmer’s Guide to Sustainable Eating:
You completely ignore every orthodoxy, which allows you to speak about both with unusual credibility. It’ll piss everybody off, I’m sure, but I found it very persuasive on many points. Also well written and clear and funny. Congratulations– it’s an important contribution to the conversation.
– Michael Pollan, International best-selling author of Omnivore’s Dilemma and Cooked

Oct 31

Interview on Food Integrity Now

Carol and I reconnected after Real Dirt was released and the link is to the podcast of the interview. We chatted for almost an hour and covered a wide range of topics. We agreed to disagree on a few things but it was nice to have the opportunity to go into detail in my answers rather than short sound bites.

 

 

Oct 28

Nov 7 – The Big Carrot – 7:00 pm. Eating Our Way to a Flourishing Future

Eating Our Way to a Flourishing Future

Your food choices are transforming the planet. What choices lead to a flourishing future? What choices are diminishing the future? Sixth-generation Ontario farmer Harry Stoddart will connect the dots between what we choose to eat and the solutions to major challenges facing society. Agriculture could be the most effective tool in our fight against climate change. Agriculture could be the most effective tool in preserving biodiversity and ecosystems. Agriculture could be the most effective tool in the fight against hunger. Harry, his wife Silvia, and their children raise 100% grass-fed beef and lamb on certified organic pastures north east of Toronto. Harry is also a faculty member in the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Fleming College in Lindsay.

 

Carrot Common
Nov 7, 2013: 7:00pm – 9:00 pm
I will be speaking at The Big Carrot as part of their Thursday evening lecture series. Come prepared to be challenged to heal the planet with your food choices. I will make a presentation followed by a generous Q&A session.

The address is 348 Danforth Avenue at Jackman  Avenue.  The room is in the second floor of the Carrot Common (not the Big Carrot) and it’s room 212.  The entrance is on the Danforth next to the Danforth entrance of Book City.  It is stair access only, unfortunately.

 

Sep 09

Book Launch

When: October 21, 2013 – 6:30 to 8:00
Where: Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (George Brown College), Room 112 – 300 Adelaide St. East (up the stairs and just to the right of the atrium).

Join us to celebrate the launch of Harry Stoddart’s controversial first book, Real Dirt: An Ex-industrial Farmer’s Guide to Sustainable Eating (Iguana Books)!

An Evening with Farmer and Author Harry Stoddart

Join us for an evening with Harry Stoddart of Stoddarts Farm and author of “Real Dirt”.  He will be launching his new book “Real Dirt: An Ex-Industrial Farmer’s Guide to Sustainable Eating”. Learn more at http://realdirt.ca/.

Why Attend?

  • Become a better informed eater, prepared to have a positive influence on the food system.
  • Learn about the consequences of modern agriculture, and discover a sustainable future.
  • Taste true grass-fed beef and Local Organic Wine from Southbrook Vineyards.
  • Connect with a community of food activists.

*Food and light refreshments will be served*

Admission will be $10 at the door. (All proceeds to the Tastes of Tomorrow club at George Brown)

Signed first editions of Real Dirt will be available for $20.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP swoods@georgebrown.ca

With the support of:

Southbrook Vineyards www.southbrook.com

The Cookbook Store – www.cook-book.com

Real Dirt exposes the truth about farming strategies used in Canada and around the world by explaining the “whys” and “hows” of GMOs, resistance-building doses of antibiotics, pesticides, and confinement animal housing. Stoddart outlines the environmental costs and benefits of all forms of agriculture, including a pointed critique of the organic production of many annual crops. He tackles food industry problems, delving into the science and economic issues surrounding sustainable farming. Ultimately, he educates and then challenges consumers to choose a sustainable future for food production.

Aug 13

Release Date: September 26, 2013

Yes, I finally have a hard release date. Stay tuned for details on a launch event, pre-ordering and purchasing. Leave me a comment if you would be interested in doing an article on Real Dirt: An Ex-Industrial Farmer’s Guide to Sustainable Eating.

Aug 01

Book Title Change

The main title stays as “Real Dirt” but we’ve decided to change the subtitle to “An Ex-Industrial Farmer’s Guide to Sustainable Eating.” I should have a mockup of the new cover next week.

Aug 01

Substantive Editing is complete!

I’ve submitted the final substantive edits to my editor. The bulk of the work is complete. We’re still on track for a fall 2013 release.

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