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Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, arguably the nation's most famous farm since it was profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times bestseller, The Omnivore's Dilemma and two subsequent documentaries, Food, Inc., and Fresh. An accomplished author and public speaker, Salatin has authored seven books. Recognition for his ecological and local-based farming advocacy includes an honorary doctorate, the Heinz Award, and many leadership awards.

    Joel's Upcoming Events

    • Joel Salatin at Oregon Mother Earth News Fair
      3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany OR 97322
      June 7, 2015, 9:30 am

      On June 7th, Joel Salatin will present a live poultry processing demo at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon. This demo will run from 9:30 AM-11:00 AM on the Mother Earth News stage at the Linn County Expo Center.

    • Joel Salatin at Oregon Mother Earth News Fair
      3700 Knox Butte Rd , Albany OR 97322
      June 7, 2015, 4:00 pm

      On June 7th, Joel Salatin will lead a workshop on farm startups at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon. This workshop, entitled, "10 Threads That Successful Startup Farms Knit Together," will run from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM on the Mother Earth News stage at the Linn County Expo Center.

    • Joel Salatin at Oregon Mother Earth News Fair
      3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany OR 97322
      June 7, 2015, 5:00 pm

      On June 7th, Joel Salatin will have a book signing as part of the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, OR. Salatin will be signing his books from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

    • Joel Salatin at BALLE Conference
      BALLE Conference, Phoenix AZ 85042
      June 10, 2015, 3:00 pm

      Joel Salatin will be speaking at this year's BALLE Conference in Phoenix, AZ, taking place June 10-12. Joel will be speaking as part of the Opening Vision Session: Soil is Life.

    • Joel Salatin at Action University
      Devos Place, Steelcase Ballroom, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids MI 49503
      June 18, 2015, 6:00 pm

      Joel Salatin will be at Action University on June 18 for dinner and a lecture. Dinner is from 6:00-7:00, and the lecture is 7:00-8:30. Each dinner is $60 per person.

    • Joel Salatin at Independent Natural Food Retailers Association
      , Saint Paul MN
      June 21, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Joel Salatin will present at the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association annual conference on June 23rd. The conference will run from June 21-24 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

    Joel's Books

    Fields of Farmers

    Interning, Mentoring, Partnering, Germinating

    America's average farmer is sixty years old. When young people can't get in, old people can't get out. Approaching a watershed moment, our culture desperately needs a generational transfer of millions of farm acres facing abandonment, development, or amalgamation into ever-larger holdings. Based on his decades of experience with interns and multigenerational partnerships at Polyface Farm, farmer and author Joel Salatin digs deep into the problems and solutions surrounding this land- and knowledge-transfer crisis. This book empowers aspiring young farmers, midlife farmers, and nonfarming landlords to build regenerative, profitable agricultural enterprises.

    The Joel Salatin Set

    Joel Salatin, author, advocate, proprietor of Polyface Farm, and sometimes dubbed “the high priest of the pasture,” has been changing the way livestock farmers do business for decades. His common sense, but cutting edge methods of "grass farming" produce healthy beef cattle, pork, and poultry, and his quirky, passionate prose spreads the gospel of Earth stewardship. Now you can get three of Salatin's classic farming books in a convenient, discounted set: The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, You Can Farm, and Salad Bar Beef.

    The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer

    Foodies and environmentally-minded folks often struggle to understand and articulate the fundamental differences between the farming and food systems they endorse and those promoted by Monsanto and friends. With visceral stories and humor from his own half-century as a lunatic farmer, Salatin contrasts the differences on many levels: practical, spiritual, social, economic, ecological, political, and nutritional.

    Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal

    War Stories from the Local Food Front

    Salatin’s expert insight explains why local food is expensive and difficult to find and will illuminate for the reader a deeper understanding of the industrial food complex.

    Salad Bar Beef

    Beef can be lean and good for you when it is not a product of the industrial agriculture machine--Salatin brings us back to small scale family farming and teaches us how to make "salad bar beef."

    Holy Cows and Hog Heaven

    The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food

    Holy Cows and Hog Heaven encourages every food buyer to embrace the notion that menus are a conscious decision, creating the next generation's world one bite at a time.

    Family Friendly Farming

    A Multi-Generational Home-Based Business Testament

    A well-written, easily read book on raising a family, children, and running a farm for a profitable business.

    You Can Farm

    The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farming Enterprise

    Starting and succeeding in a farming enterprise.

    Pastured Poultry Profit$

    A couple working six months per year for 50 hours per week on 20 acres can net $25,000-$30,000 per year with an investment equivalent to the price of one new medium-sized tractor. Seldom has agriculture held out such a plum. In a day when main-line farm experts predict the continued demise of the family farm, the pastured poultry opportunity shines like a beacon in the night, guiding the way to a brighter future.

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