Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm, Editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer
Speaker on Both Saturday & Sunday, Writer & Trainer


Joel Salatin, 65, calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Those who don’t like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate.

With a room full of debate trophies from high school and college days, 15 published books, and a thriving multi-generational family farm, he draws on a lifetime of food, farming and fantasy to entertain and inspire audiences around the world. He’s as comfortable moving cows in a pasture as addressing CEOs in a Wall Street business conference.

His wide-ranging topics include nitty-gritty how-to for profitable regenerative farming as well as cultural philosophy like orthodoxy vs. heresy. A wordsmith and master communicator, he moves audiences from laughs one minute to tears the next, from frustration to hopefulness. Often receiving standing ovations, he prefers the word performance rather than presentation to describe his lectures. His favorite activity?–Q&A. “I love the interaction,” he says.

He co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning documentary Food Inc., the farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets, and a farmers’ market with salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, and forestry products. When he’s not on the road speaking, he’s at home on the farm, keeping the callouses on his hands and dirt under his fingernails, mentoring young people, inspiring visitors, and promoting local, regenerative food and farming systems.

Salatin is the editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer, granddaddy catalyst for the grass farming movement. He writes the “Confessions of a Steward” monthly column for Plain Values magazine, the “Homestead Abundance” column for Homestead Living magazine, and three columns a month for the e-magazine Manward. He also co-hosts a podcast titled BEYOND LABELS with co-author of that book Dr. Sina McCullough.

A frequent guest on radio programs and podcasts targeting preppers, homesteaders, and foodies, Salatin’s practical, can-do solutions tied to passionate soliloquies for sustainability offer everyone food for thought and plans for action.

Mixing mischievous humor with hard-hitting information, Salatin both entertains and moves people. Seldom using a power-point and often speaking from an outline scribbled in a yellow legal pad, he depends on theatrics, style, and compelling content to hold attention and defend innovative positions. The rare combination of prophet and practitioner makes him both a must-read and must-hear in a time desperate for integrity leadership and example.

Joel has authored 12 books:

PASTURED POULTRY PROFITS – Net $25,000 in 6 months on 20 Acres


YOU CAN FARM – The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farming Enterprise

FAMILY FRIENDLY FARMING – A Multi-Generational Home-Based Business Testament

HOLY COWS AND HOG HEAVEN – The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm Friendly Food, is an attempt to bring producers and patrons together in mutual understanding and appreciation

EVERYTHING I WANT TO DO IS ILLEGAL – War stories from the local food front.


FOLKS, THIS AIN’T NORMAL – A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World


FIELDS OF FARMERS – Interning, Mentoring, Starting, Continuing

THE MARVELOUS PIGNESS OF PIGS – Nurturing and caring for all God’s Creation


Farmer – children’s book illustrated by daughter, Rachel Salatin.

BEYOND LABELS – A Doctor and a Farmer Conquer Food Confusion One Bite at a Time

POLYFACE DESIGNS – A Comprehensive Construction Guide for Scalable Farming Infrastructure

POLYFACE MICRO – Success with Livestock on a Homestead Scale 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. Four generations of his family currently live and work on the farm.

Breakout Sessions:

Homestead Tsunami- The Why That's Driving the Homestead Movement 

Can We Feed the World Without Tyson? 

Special Add-on Intensive Training Workshop- Chicken Processing