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Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms


February 11, 2015 at 9:30 PM EST


411 Willard Straight Hall


Joel Salatin, 57, is a full-time 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.

The farm services more than 5,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products using relationship marketing.

He holds a BA degree in English and writes extensively in magazines such as Stockman Grass Farmer, Acres, USA, and Foodshed.

The family’s farm, Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”) has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, Gourmet and countless other radio, television and print media. Profiled on the Lives of the 21st Century series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News, his after-broadcast chat room fielded more hits than any other segment to date. It achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma by food writer Michael Pollan and the award-winning film documentary, Food Inc. (see trailer below). 

Articles featuring Joel Salatin/Polyface Farm:

Let Them Eat Acorns: Preaching the Gospel of the Forest Fed Pig (2013, New York Times)

Inside Polyface Farm, Mecca of Sustainable Agriculture (2011, The Atlantic)

No Bar Code (2006, Mother Jones)

High Priest of the Pasture (2005, New York Times)


Note: Mr. Salatin will also be speaking on Thursday, 2/12, at 4:30PM in the HEC Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall on the topic “Can We Feed the World”.

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