Official Real Dirt Book Launch

Official Real Dirt 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).

An Evenin…g with Farmer and Author Harry Stoddart

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)! Learn more at

What: Admission will be $10 at the door (Proceeds to the Tastes of Tomorrow club at George Brown).

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

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 from The Stoddart Family Farm and Local Organic Wine from Southbrook Vineyards.
• Connect with a community of food activists.

*Food and light refreshments will be served*

With the support of:

Southbrook Vineyards

The Cookbook Store –

Real Dirt is a groundbreaking book for any reader interested in learning more about where food comes from. Harry Stoddart shares years of experience and knowledge in his quirky dissection of agriculture and what we eat. Among his many achievements, he has developed a farming system he believes is the starting point for genuinely sustainable agriculture. A sixth-generation farmer, Harry bought his parent’s swine confinement animal feeding operation two decades ago. He converted the farm to be a certified organic system and then to a new one he feels will transform the way we raise and grow our food. He shares this story and more with readers in Real Dirt: An Ex-industrial Farmer’s Guide to Sustainable Eating.

Harry tackles the major food industry problems, delving into the science and economic issues surrounding sustainable farming. He navigates the “whys” and “hows” of GMOs, resistance-building doses of antibiotics, pesticides, and confinement animal housing, while elaborating on how he damaged the environment more in his first years as an organic farmer than as a conventional farmer.

Harry skillfully educates eaters about how they can individually participate in and demand sustainable agriculture. Real Dirt challenges consumers to choose a better future for food production.

“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, Author of Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (2013) and New York Times bestseller Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (2010)

“The most important person to read the message contained in these pages is every consumer, and that's you! Your life will be better for it….You may be shocked but you won't be disappointed.”
— Elwood Quinn, La Ferme Quinn, Rare Breeds Canada

“[Real Dirt] provides the casual reader with a thoughtful and deeper understanding as to how society can have an impact on the way our food is produced…. Read it – you will be informed, entertained and find a personal role for your involvement in our food production practices.”
— Dr. Frank Ingratta, Retired Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario

“Real Dirt is a thoughtful and well researched look at our agriculture and food system…Real Dirt is a must read for anyone who is actually interested in learning about and discussing how to improve our food system for the long term.”
— Rob Hannam, Owner, Synthesis Agri-Food Network

PS: If you've read Real Dirt (and would recommend it to others) please post a review on Amazon. Thanks.

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