Special guest speaker Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms
"How and Why to Farm like Polyface with a special focus on Building People and Markets"
Virtual tour of Polyface
With nearly 400 slides, Joel walks you through the farm, from forestry to water systems, pigaerating, hay making and feeding, grazing management, pastured pigs, pastured poultry, portable infrastructure, irrigation, and pasture cropping. Heavily how-to with a liberal dose of why, this is as close to a farm visit as you can get without traveling to Virginia!
Break: A catered lunch will be provided
Believing that a farm is not truly sustainable until it supports two salaries from two different generations, Joel starts with the couple, then adds children, then adult children, and then non-family members. How to get along when you can't get away, how to add labor without employees, memorandums of understanding, and building fiefdoms to create complementary community.
We've all heard the adage: "The middle man makes all the profits." If that's the case, then why not be one? Realizing that most farmers do not like people, Joel patiently explains how processing, marketing, and distribution add resilience and stability to production dollars. This session addresses the assets and liabilities of different marketing venues and relationships, protocols for sales, and where trend lines in food interfaces.