Welcome to Polyface

The Farm of Many Faces

All our meats are sourced directly from Polyface Farm, owned and operated by Joel Salatin and the Salatin family for four generations. Often referred to as the patriarch of regenerative farming and a self-proclaimed “Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer,” Joel is a strong advocate of supporting local agriculture and freely shares what he’s learned about not only conserving the earth’s resources and healing the land, but harvesting nature’s bounty while simultaneously improving, rather than depleting, our environment.

The animals at Polyface Farm live together harmoniously in small communities mimicking natural herding/flocking patterns. They are raised symbiotically with the land, consuming a nourishing biodynamically diverse diet and replenishing the microbiology of the soil, thereby cultivating a balance between what is taken and what is given back. The animals are treated with love, respect, and gratitude for their contribution to the cycle of life.

Cows at Polyface roam a fresh field every day, grazing on a diverse “salad bar” of vegetation growing naturally on the rich, fertile land. Chickens follow behind to leisurely snack on the insects exposed through the freshly trimmed vegetation, courtesy of their bovine brethren. “Pigaerator” pigs do their part too, as cow bedding “aerators” and compost makers, and as forest regenerators and earth movers.

Each animal has a role to play, and the Salatin family serve as the stewards of the land and its inhabitants.

The farm arguably represents America’s premier non-industrial food production oasis. Believing that the Creator’s design is still the best pattern for the biological world, the Salatin family invites like-minded folks to join in the farm’s mission: to develop emotionally, economically, environmentally enhancing agricultural enterprises and facilitate their duplication throughout the world.

The Salatins continue to refine their models to push environmentally-friendly farming practices toward new levels of expertise.

“We are in the redemption business: healing the land, healing the food, healing the economy, healing the culture...If every farmer in the United States would practice this system, in fewer than 10 years we would sequester ALL the CARBON that has been emitted since the beginning of the Industrial Age.”

Joel Salatin

Polyface Farm Guiding Principles

Transparency
Anyone is welcome to visit the farm anytime. No trade secrets, no locked doors, every corner is camera-accessible.
Grass-Based
Pastured livestock and poultry, moved frequently to new “salad bars,” offer landscape healing and nutritional superiority.
Individuality
Plants and animals should be provided a habitat that allows them to express their physiological distinctiveness. Respecting and honoring the pigness of the pig is a foundation for societal health.
Community
We believe in integrity food. We should all seek food closer to home, in our foodshed, our own bioregion. This means enjoying seasonality and
reacquainting ourselves with our home kitchens.
Nature's Template
Mimicking natural patterns on a commercial domestic scale insures moral and ethical boundaries to human cleverness. Cows are herbivores, not omnivores; that is why we’ve never fed them dead cows like the United States Department of Agriculture encouraged (the alleged cause of mad cows).
Earthworms
We’re really in the earthworm enhancement business. Stimulating soil biota is our first priority. Soil health creates healthy food.
Pasture Certified A2/A2 Ghee
Dr. Cowan's Garden
$ 26.00
Pasture Quick Meal Starter Box
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$ 155.00
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Pasture Beef/Chicken Bone Box
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$ 95.00
Pasture Chicken Box
Polyface Farms
$ 205.00
Pasture Specialty Box
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$ 160.00
Pasture Quick Meal Premium Box
Polyface Farms
$ 295.00
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Pasture Roasts & Stew Starter Box
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$ 235.00
Pasture Beef/Chicken Organ Box
Polyface Farms
$ 140.00
Pasture Beef Premium Cut Box
Polyface Farms
$ 290.00
Pasture Roasts & Stew Premium Box
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$ 490.00

About Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin 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.

Joel has published 12 books and is a popular speaker, drawing 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. 

He is the editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer, granddaddy catalyst for the grass farming movement. He writes the Pitchfork Pulpit column for Mother Earth News, as well as numerous guest articles for ACRES USA and other publications. 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.

Visit Polyface

We encourage you to visit Polyface Farm for yourself to find out where and who your food comes from.

Anyone is welcome to visit the farm anytime. No trade secrets, no locked doors, every corner is camera-accessible.

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