For those of you who are not familiar with Joel Salatin, he has written many farming books focusing on ways to heal the land by using pasture raised animals in a symbiotic system. He has a farm in Virginia called Polyface Farm. We aspire to adopt many parts of his model on our farm.
He is also on the forefront of the food freedom political fight, trying to change regulations which would allow consumers the freedom to make their own choices about the way their food is raised and handled, rather than our current heavily government regulated food system, controlled by huge food companies, who have the financial backing to control much of the politicians who are making these laws. Changes in these regulations would allow smaller farmers and producers the ability to provide safe, fresh food directly to consumers, who know the difference between the quality of humanely raised pastured meat and the heavily medicated animals that come from concentration camp style factory farms. Okay, I'll get off the soapbox now.
Following the farm tour, I went to a viewing of the documentary Polyfaces, which was made over several years on Joel's farm in Virginia and shows his model in action. If you click on the link, you can view the film online or order a copy of it on DVD.
It was a great day of learning for me and well worth the trip to Jackson.