Sustainable Settings to honor organic pioneer in Carbondale |

Sustainable Settings to honor organic pioneer in Carbondale

Staff report

Sustainable Settings, an educational farm and ranch 5 miles south of Carbondale, will punctuate its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday by honoring Elliot Coleman as Organic Farmer of the Year.

Coleman has been a pioneer in organic farming and is one of the most-recognized names in the organic-farming movement. He has a farm and year-round gardens in Maine. He has written extensively on the topic since 1975, and his 1995 book “The New Organic Farmer” is considered required reading for up-and-coming organic growers. His other books include “Four Seasons Harvest” and “The Winter Harvest Handbook.”

“Elliot has been an inspiration for two generations of organic farmers,” said Brook LeVan, the rancher and educator who runs Sustainable Settings with his wife, Rose. “He is certainly an inspiration for Rose and me.”

Coleman and other pre-eminent names in organic agriculture will give lectures at Sustainable Settings throughout Sunday starting at 10 a.m. Sustainable Settings’ annual Harvest Festival dinner is at 4 p.m. It includes meals prepared by leading local chefs with animals and vegetables raised on the ranch.

“Your dinner is grown just a few hundred feet from your table,” LeVan said.

The events Sunday cap a weekend of collaboration between Sustainable Settings, a nonprofit ranch and whole-systems learning center, and Slow Money, a nonprofit that matches local investors with local food entrepreneurs.

Tickets range from $25 to $150 depending on participation levels. Go to or for tickets and more information.