Joel Salatin, BA, is a fulltime farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas. His farm supplies more than 800 families and 30 restaurants with Salad Bar Beef, Eggmobile Eggs, Pigaerator Pork, pastured poultry and turkey, forage-based rabbits, and forestry products through on-farm sales, metropolitan buying clubs, and relationship marketing.
The family’s farm, Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”) has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, and Gourmet. Profiled on the Lives of the 21st Century series with Peter Jennings, his after-broadcast chat room fielded more hits than any other segment to date. His speaking and writing reflect dirt-under-the-fingernails experience punctuated with mischievous humor. He passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm.
Salatin holds a BA degree in English and writes extensively in magazines such as Stockman Grass Farmer, Acres USA, and American Agriculturalist. He has written five books: Pastured Poultry Profits, Salad Bar Beef, You Can Farm and Family Friendly Farming. His most recent release is Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm Friendly Food. All can be obtained from Acres USA at (800) 355-5313.