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: Salad Bar Beef, Holy Cows & Hog Heaven

Joel will be speaking at the Texas, Pennsylvania Fairs


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Wealth Without Money

Too often we see wealth as simply monetary. But true value is far more than money. It’s personal, societal, and ecological wellness. Investing in those areas yields far more than financial returns. Using humor, practice, and challenge, this keynote promotes values and virtues beyond money.
Modern Homesteading Keynote

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage

Recipes for Homesteading Success Extended Workshop

If you could discover a secret sauce to let you quit your town commute and enjoy full-time employment on your property, what would that be worth? In this half-day workshop, limited to 30 people, Joel Salatin coaches you through an exam to identify your weak links and then offers ideas to overcome them. He starts with a fast-paced, thought-provoking rundown of the most common struggles, and then opens the floor for one-on-one conversations everyone can enjoy. Designed to be personal and interactive, this session is a one-of-a-kind experience, with space strictly limited. Advance passes are SOLD OUT. A select number of passes will be available the day of the FAIR at the Bookstore.
Modern Homesteading Hands On

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 10:00-1:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops
Pennsylvania, Sunday 10:00-1:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops Room A

Pasture Management and Rotation Strategies Q&A

Joel Salatin provides insight into his many years of rotational livestock and pasture management. From pastured poultry tractors, Premier 1 fencing, and salvaged materials around the farm, Salatin shares the tools, tips, and tricks he and his family use at Polyface Farm. Bring your questions and get answers from one of America’s foremost farming experts!

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Sunday 1:00-1:30 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage

Designing and Developing a Functional Livestock Farm

In a society dominated by technicians and operating manuals, we farmers too often fail to launch projects because we fear making mistakes. Joel Salatin has been making mistakes for more than half a century. With a lifetime of experience born of mistakes, he walks us through startup necessities. Water, fencing, shelter, access, and storage are all different for different species. Come with pen and paper; this workshop is loaded with rules of thumb for long-term, efficient farmstead logistics. Whether you're just starting or are already several years into your endeavor, pick up valuable tips for immediate application.
Animal Husbandry Keynote

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage