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.
Polyface Farm Guiding Principles
About Joel Salatin
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.