Joel Salatin

Polyface Farm

Joel Salatin’s family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, producing salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork, and forage-based rabbits. The farm services 6,000 families and 50 restaurants. Featured prominently in countless media, documentaries, and books, the farm offers many educational opportunities for people wanting to learn these pasture-based systems. Salatin has written 10 books about food and farming, both how-to guides and broad cultural works. Books by This Speaker: The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal

Joel will be speaking at the Maryland, Pennsylvania Fairs


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Pastured Poultry Profit$

Take a virtual tour of Polyface Farm's pastured poultry production and discover the pathway to creating a full-time salary from a small acreage. With 80 percent of Americans saying they dislike their jobs, this presentation offers an opportunity for those who want to jump ship and start a new vocation. While this presentation is certainly applicable to small, backyard operations, it has special application to those who are currently running (or are dreaming of starting) full-time farms.
Animal Husbandry Keynote

Available In:

Maryland, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Mother Earth News Stage
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined

From a Frog’s Perspective

In his theatrical style, Joel Salatin creates a verbal image of a frog in a beaver pond 500 years ago and builds 12 ecological principles from that perspective. What would that frog know about ecology in that pond? Believing that the most stable ecologies mimic historic normalcy, Salatin takes you on a winsome fantasy journey with the frog and what it knows. Sometimes becoming like a child is the best way to rethink our future.
Modern Homesteading Keynote

Available In:

Maryland, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined

Common Legal Questions on the Farm

Elizabeth Rich, executive director of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, joins Joel Salatin and Patricia Foreman (two longtime members and advocates of the organization) to answer common legal questions, give advice, and share anecdotal stories of legal issues that they have encountered. Many farmers don’t have a full understanding of their rights, and the legal defense fund's mission is to correct that and protect local farmers! Hosted and recorded by Charlotte Brunin, this panel discussion will be rebroadcast to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS and FRIENDS podcast channel.
Modern Homesteading Nature and Community

Available In:

Maryland, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Grit Stage