Practice your organic
While the Obamas may have planted an organic garden at the White House, the Salatins are arguably the countrys first family of farming, made famous in Michael Pollans food advocacy book The Omnivores Dilemma. Visitors to Polyface Farm, their 100-acre livestock operation in the Appalachian foothills of Virginia, can see the familys so-called practices in action during two-hour tours. The Lunatic Tours, led by patriarch Joel Salatin or his son, Daniel, include a look at the egg-mobile, or mobile chicken coop, and some face time with the pigs. The tour ends at the farm store, so dont forget your cooler. 43 Pure Meadows Lane, Swoope, Va., 540-885-3590, www.polyfacefarms.com. Twice-monthly tours $10.50 for adults, free for children 12 and under; self-guided walking tours free.