Farmer Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm in Virginia – the gold standard in sustainable agriculture – dishes on what’s wrong with big business farms, supermarket supply chains and what’s right with small entrepreneurial farms.
Find out what you can do to get in on the food security action and reap the benefits of thinking ahead.
About Joel Salatin and his farm
In 1961, William and Lucille Salatin moved their young family to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, purchasing “the most worn-out, eroded, abused farm” in the area near Staunton. Using nature as a pattern, they and their children began the healing and innovation that now supports three generations.
Disregarding conventional wisdom, the Salatins planted trees, built huge compost piles, dug ponds, moved cows daily with portable electric fencing, and invented portable sheltering systems to produce all their animals on perennial prairie polycultures.
Today the farm arguably represents America’s premier non-industrial food production oasis. The Salatins continue to refine their models to push environmentally-friendly farming practices toward new levels of expertise.
About Talk Farm To Me
A bi-weekly podcast that features farmers, what they do, how they do it, the challenges they face and what resources they use to overcome them. The host and producer, Dana, has “an accidental farm” and hopes to connect non-farmers authentically to farmers to demonstrate that they have more in common with farmers than they think.
Photo by Michaelann Bresica