Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm (Video Library)Submitted by stillwater on Fri, 10/01/2010 - 17:30
“I’m all about trying to reinvigorate this notion of the Jeffersonian, intellectual agrarian.”
~ Joel Salatin
This post is a video compilation of Joel Salatin’s holistic methods of farming at his Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. It contains over forty five hours of video covering interviews, farm tours, as well as talks and presentations he has given to a wide variety of audiences. I have tried to categorize them under general headings where no specific title is available. It begins with the Introductory Videos section which gives a series of overviews of his farm operation and philosophy. For those who want to skip the introduction and go directly to the details, the 2010 Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense FundRAISER section is the most comprehensive. Most of the various indoor talks he has given have been grouped in the section, Presentations given by Joel Salatin. I have tried to prioritize them based on video quality and content. If there is any specific information that you would like to find in this series of videos, just leave a comment and I’ll try to point you to the right video(s) covering your topic of interest.
Table of Contents - Main Sections, Farm Tours, & Presentations
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- Meet The Farmer TV presents Polyface Farm
- 2010 Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense FundRAISER
- 2012 Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense FundRAISER
- Dr. Mercola visits Polyface Farm
- Polyface Farm DVD - Incomplete
- Polyface Cattle, Pigs, & Broilers
- Processing Poultry
- Class Tour of Polyface Farm
- April 2012 Farm Tour
- Murray McMurray Hatchery visits Joel Salatin at Polyface Farms - (12/04/2013)
- May 2012 Lunatic Farm Tour - (5/10/2012)
- Various Farm Tours
- Related videos
- RussianRiver TV presents Joel Salatin at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma CA - (Feb. 2010)
- Joel Salatin discussing pasture-based farming during a tour at Afton Field Farm in Oregon
- Students of Joel Salatin’s system of farming
- Earth Eats Interviews Joel Salatin
- Joel Salatin interview w/ Cathy Sue Raymond of Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
- Presentations given by Joel Salatin - ~26 presentations, plus a few talks and interviews
- Miscellaneous interviews, excerpts, and presentations
- Google Maps - Link to satellite view of Polyface Farm
- Related posts - Farming, Gardening, Beekeeping, Fermented Foods
“Joel F. Salatin (born 1957) is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef.
Salatin raises livestock using holistic methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Meat from the farm is sold by direct-marketing to consumers and restaurants ...
Salatin, a self-described "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist farmer" produces high-quality "beyond organic" meats, which are raised using environmentally responsible, ecologically beneficial, sustainable agriculture ...
Salatin's 550-acre farm is featured prominently in Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma (2006) and the documentary films, Food, Inc, and Fresh. His unconventional farming practices have drawn attention from the alternative agriculture community especially those interested in sustainable livestock management ...
Salatin’s philosophy of farming emphasizes healthy grass on which animals can thrive in a symbiotic cycle of chemical-free feeding. Cows are moved from one pasture to another rather than being centrally corn fed. Then chickens in portable coops are moved in behind them, where they dig through the cow dung to eat protein-rich fly larvae while further fertilizing the field with their droppings.”
USA Today report on Polyface farm
Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms discusses grass-fed cattle - “Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms, believes in raising animals in a way that mimics the processes of nature: Cows graze one area of grass, and a few days later, chickens graze the same area and eat the fly larvae out of the manure. The manure from both fertilizes the grass. Joel Salatin discusses a little of this process, here.”
He ends by saying, “I’m all about trying to reinvigorate this notion of the Jeffersonian intellectual agrarian.”
The Polyface Farm DVD Trailer - “A comprehensive look at Polyface Farm through the course of one full year of farming, this DVD features one of the world's finest working examples of an environmentally friendly family farm. Join entrepreneur and passionate farmer Joel Salatin as he explains balance and interconnectedness of the landscape, community, plants and animals. Hard hitting and practical, Salatin's explanations will revolutionize your thinking about food and farming in a proactive, can-do style. Both "how" and "why" unite in this information-rich DVD that will impact your life as powerfully as any performance.”
TEDx MidAtlantic - “Joel Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef. Salatin raises livestock using holistic methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Salatins 550-acre farm is featured prominently in Michael Pollans book, The Omnivores Dilemma and the documentary film, Food, Inc.” (11/5/09)
Sissy Farmer (Joel Salatin on Forgiveness) - Building forgiveness into the landscape to make it more resilient.
Keeping Food Local At Polyface Farm - The Virginian-Pilot, produced by Norm Shafer
Story on Joel Salatin by Britt Carlson - “See Joel Salatin visit Chaffin Orchard's 2,000 acre farm in northern Califrornia. Chaffin Orchards is very similar to Polyface with an added layer of stonefruit, citrus, and olive orchards being managed by cattle, sheep, goats, and chickens.” (01/17/2011)
Lew Rockwell interviews Joel Salatin - "Joel Salatin talks to Lew about Big Agra authoritarianism, and how to emancipate yourself." (The Lew Rockwell Show, Podcast #272)(04/24/2012)
“Agricultural truth, is when the model is just as applicable and current in a high tech industrial country as it is in a developing country.”
~ Joel Salatin
2010 FARM-TO-CONSUMER LEGAL DEFENSE FUNDRAISER - Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm Tour
Part 1 - "This is where Michael Pollan had his epiphany for "Omnivore's Dilemma."
Part 2 - "Pigs do that work and it allows the pig not to be just pork chops and bacon, they now become co-conspirators and co-laborers, fellow workers, in this great land healing ministry. And so, the other thing it does, is fully honors and respects the "pigness of the pig"
Why Pastured Bacon is $9 lb
Increasing Production Per Acre - "If food prices kept up with land prices, you'd be paying $20 for a hamburger today ... In order to keep up with that we have to farm smarter we have to stack synergistic holonic enterprises that complement each other and get out of this notion that we can do that with a single species ... We've got to stack these complementary enterprises so that we do ratchet up this income per acre.”
2012 FARM-TO-CONSUMER LEGAL DEFENSE FUNDRAISER - Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm Tour
Dr. Mercola visits Polyface Farm - (6/18/2012)
Mercola article summarizing interview
Part 1 - “Dr. Mercola Interviews Joel Salatin”
Part 2 - “Chickens at Polyface Farm”
Part 3 - “Polyface Hen House and Rabbits“
Part 4 - “Polyface Turkeys and Beef”
Part 5 - “Polyface Water and Manure”
Part 6 - “Pigs at Polyface Farm”
PolyFace Farm DVD - Incomplete
"A comprehensive look at Polyface Farm through the course of one full year of farming, this DVD features one of the world's finest working examples of an environmentally friendly family farm. Join entrepreneur and passionate farmer Joel Salatin as he explains balance and interconnectedness of the landscape, community, plants and animals. Hard hitting and practical, Salatin's explanations will revolutionize your thinking about food and farming in a proactive, can-do style. Both "how" and "why" unite in this information-rich DVD that will impact your life as powerfully as any performance."
The video below covers only a few sections of the DVD.
0:45 – Salad Bar Pasture
12:07 – The Eggmobile
27:13 – Pasturing Chicks
28:47 – Brooding Chicks
31:35 – An interview with Joel Salatin
Processing Poultry - *Contains graphic footage*
Polyface Processing Overview
Polyface poultry kill cones w/ Grady
Polyface poultry evisceration w/ Joel Salatin
Polyface poultry parting w/ Daniel Salatin
Class Tour of Polyface Farm
“Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farm gives our class a tour of the farm, explaining his methodology and reasoning along the way. He also explains why the methods used on his farm are more sustainable, safe and productive than methods used by modern agribusiness in today's food production.”
Part 1 - Chicken Coop/Hoop House (Winter)
Part 2 - Questions on Pig Pen and Chicken Coop
Part 3 - Multispeciation and Carbonaceous Diapers
Part 4 - Can this Feed the World?
Part 5 (1/2) - The Importance of Grass
Part 5 (2/2) - The Importance of Grass
April 2012 Farm Tour
“A peek into Polyface Farm in April 2012. A modern and sustainable way to farm with lower input farming practices.”
Part 2 - “This segment is about housing cattle through winter and using the hogs to aerate the carbon and manure in the early spring.”
Part 3 - “Joel speaks about the pigaerators in the acorn glens and the pigness of the pig.”
Part 4 - “The Egg Mobiles”
Murray McMurray Hatchery visits Joel Salatin at Polyface Farms - (12/04/2013)
"Murray McMurray Hatchery visits Joel Salatin and Polyface Farms for a tour of how they raise chickens."
0:22 - Deep Bedding
3:17 - Breeding for Survival Genetics
5:17 - The Brooder
6:47 - Portable Brooder
9:05 - Heat
10:50 - Egg Mobile (for pasture sanitation)(eggs are a byproduct of pasture sanitation)
14:13 - Pasture Coops (the whole goal is egg production)
19:30 - Mobile Farming
27:46 - Final Thoughts
VARIOUS FARM TOURS
August 2011 Farm Tour
Part 1 - Running permanent grid of electrical fence along topographical breakpoints
Part 2 - Pastured poultry
Part 3 - Pigaerators
Joel Salatin talks with Nick Ritar at Milkwood Farm
Milkwood: Joel Salatin on debt free farming
Milkwood: Choosing Farmland? Joel Salatin and Nick Ritar
Milkwood: Let function drive your farming plan: Joel Salatin
Hayseed - “Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm talks about why farmers shouldn't dress as "hayseeds". This is an excerpt of Joel's speech from the afternoon "Relationship Marketing" session from the Bring Food Home conference on March 4, 2010 in Kitchener, Ontario.”
Pasture Management and Keyline Design for Grassfed Cattle - “Join Joel Salatin on the central coast of California for a ranch visit with Janina Pawlowski and Doniga and Erik Markegard from Markegard Family Grass-Fed. Joel describes how to divide pasture land based on keylines as well as how to manage pasture with seasonal dry conditions.”
Gobbly Goo - Pastured turkeys
Uncommon Sense - Insights from Nathan Vergin, an 18 year old apprentice foreman at Polyface Farms.
The Splendor of Grass - "Joel Salatin discusses the stages of grass growing from the energy provided by the sun."
Let's See What This Model Can Do - "Joel and Daniel Salatin of PolyFace Farms, Swoop, VA talk about the natural organic benefits and how Fertrell is essential to their operation."
Polyface Farms: The Future of Sustainable Farming - Daniel Salatin
Joel Salitin on the Death-Rebirth phenomenon - "Joel Salitin captured on video during on of the Polyface Farm tours in 2010. He describes how in farming as in life, family and politics there has to be disturbance before there is growth."
Cows, chickens, pest cycles and feathernet system - Joel Salatin at PolyFace Field Day June 2011
Day at Polyface Farm.mpeg - Nice collection of pictures and video clips of different aspects of Polyface farm. Go to 1:57 to see footage of a newly built pond.
Martha Stewart interviews Joel Salatin - Interview starts @ 9:55
Eat like you would 100 years ago farmer says - CTV News
Joel Salatin at Full Frame - “Interview of Joel Salatin, who is featured prominently in the documentary Food Inc., directed by Robert Kenner, at the Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, NC, April 3, 2009.”
"FOLKS THIS AIN'T NORMAL" - Hachette Book Group videos of Joel Salatin. (Short videos in different locations)
Video 1 - Talks about book in field
Video 2 - Pigs
Video 3 - mobile chicken coop
Video 4 - Talks in truck
Video 5 - Pigs again
Pastured Poultry Pen Construction - “How to build a pastured poultry pen, pastured poultry feeder, and pastured poultry pen dolly.”
Pastured Poultry Feeder Construction - “How to build a pastured poultry feeder from a 5 gallon bucket and galvanized pan.”
RussianRiver TV presents Joel Salatin at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma CA
Part 2 - “The Salatin Lecture” (1 hr 8 min)
Part 3 - “The Salatin Consultation” (1 hour)
Additional footage - Part 3 on this link covers additional info during breakfast. “Joel Salatin explains the philosophy of Polyface Farm, as well as the selection process and his expectations of interns.” (53 minutes)
Joel Salatin discussing pasture-based farming during a tour at Afton Field Farm in Oregon
Moving a mobile chicken tractor
“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing poorly first; because if you don’t do it poorly first, you never get skilled in doing it.”
Students of Joel Salatin’s system of farming
Farm To Fork Wyoming - Grass Fed Beef - "Fourth generation Wyoming ranchers, Bobby and Brendan Thoman return cattle to the family operation - using an elegant logic of healthier soil and a focus on both the cow and customer. Middle Fork Lander restaurant owner and chef Matt Sissman is also featured."
Afton Field Farm - "Tyler Jones went through Joel Salatin's farm internship program at Polyface farms a couple of years back. Now he has started a farm of his own, Afton Field Farm, in Corvallis, Oregon."
Raised on Grass: Pasture Fed Animals - "New to the life of farming, a middle-aged couple make a career change from a professional life in Silicon Valley to commercially raising pasture fed animals on their newly purchased farm in Oregon. First mentoring under Joel Salatin, they now raise pasture fed cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, lambs, and sheep."
Living Culture 55.2 - Abundant Life Farm - "The Jondle family trained with renowned author and rancher, Joel Salatin, at his Polyface Farm."
Living Culture 60.1 - Berkshire Pigs - "Living Culture host, Nate Rafn, and chef Steve Morton visit with Scott Jondle at Abundant Life Farm in Dallas, Oregon. Steve and Scott discuss their pig-feeding pilot program, which incorporates vegetable scraps from Steve's West Salem restaurant, Morton's Bistro NW. We also talk with Scott about raising pigs and other livestock on the farm."
Papanui Open Range Eggs - The Movie - “Papanui Open Range Eggs is located in the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW Australia. We are Joel Salatin deciples. Our chooks follow behind a large herd of cattle, mimicking the natural way birds follow large herds in the wild.”
Is Healthy Food Too Expensive? - Joal Salatin interview with UW (Underground Wellness) Radio
Earth Eats Interviews Joel Salatin
Factory Farming, Organic Farming and Polyface Farming - “Joel Salatin defines factory farming and organic farming and then describes how his approach to farming is different. From an interview with Earth Eats Host Annie Corrigan.”
Christian, Libertarian, Environmentalist, Capitalist Farmer - “Joel Salatin describes himself as a "Christian, libertarian, environmentalist, capitalist farmer." Earth Eats Host Annie Corrigan asks him to break those labels down and define what they mean to him.”
Polyface Farm, Animals As Co-Laborers - “Joel Salatin talks about his farming practices and his view that the animals on his farm are co-laborers in his enterprise.”
Transparency And Accountability In The American Food System - “Joel Salatin talks about the lack of transparency in the modern food system and how far removed we have become from the practice of raising and harvesting animals.”
What's In Your Fridge Right Now? - “Joel Salatin, author and owner of Polyface Farm on what he's eating at home right now.”
Joel Salatin interview w/ Cathy Sue Raymond of Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Treating Farms Like A Business
Joel Salatin and the Winds of Change - Food Safety Legislation - “Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms weighs in on pending food safety legislation like HR 875 and Hr 2749 and the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).”
Everything Moves at Polyface Farms - pastured rabbits
PRESENTATIONS GIVEN BY JOEL SALATIN
Joel Salatin on Localization - “Join Joel Salatin in San Mateo County, California as he provides an example of how to mimic nature to provide for human needs without compromising biodiversity.”
Sustainable Food Production - "Sustainable Food Production program at Minnesota State Fergus Falls hosts Joel Salatin." The slides are presented clearly on full screen while a smaller video box of Salatin is in the upper right corner.
In-Sourcing Our Food: Scaling Production and Distribution for Local Viability - “Joel Salatin addresses farmers, researchers and students at Cornell University in 2007.“ (1 hr 2 min)
Pathways To Relocalization - “If the US has a Grand Master of family farming and farm market strategy, it's likely Joel Salatin, here laying out a banquet of food for thought to a packed house in Santa Barbara and providing an inspired wrap up for the inaugural series of the Carbon Economy Courses.”
Local Food to the Rescue - “Central Carolina Community College's campus in Pittsboro hosted Speaker Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms.”
Joel Salatin on Food Safety - Joel Salatin gives an excellent talk to a group in Portland, Oregon about food safety. (1 hr 9 min)
Answering the Food Inquisitors - “An evening with Joel Salatin, presented by Slow Food Canberra and Milkwood Permaculture.”
"In a talk in Canberra in early December 2010, Joel Salatin suggested that just as there was the Religious Inquisition 500 years ago, we're now experiencing a Food Inquisition. These videos are his replies to the Inquisitors, answering 12 often-presented Assumptions. Part 1 responds to "Oh, you can't be serious. You can't feed the world!" and "You really just want us to go back to loincloths, washboard, hog cholera and tuberculosis!"
Salatin Promo 12 Assumptions - Excerpts from the full presentation.
Joel Salatin's Canberra farewell
Joel Salatin presentation on Sustainability - (57 minutes)
Authors@Google: Joel Salatin discusses 'Folks, This Ain't Normal' - “Farmer, author, and activist Joel Salatin discusses his new book, "Folks, This Ain't Normal," as well as sustainable farming, food policy, and solutions to America's food woes.” (1hr 7min)
Mother Earth News Fair - “Joel Salatin's keynote speech from the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington on Sunday, June 3, 2012.“ (53 minutes)
Scrambled Brains: Understanding and defeating the industrial foodists - "What do Monsanto and Tyson believe? Learn the whys and wherefores of industrial food-think.” “This is Joel Salatin at the Mother Earth News Fair (Fall 2011)”
Local Food to the Rescue - “Joel Salatin, organic farming advocate speaks from experience when urging us to choose local, seasonal, sustainably grown food. Joel was the first presenter in POST's 2012 Wallace Stegner Lecture series delivered at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts.” (Short clips)
Joel Salatin at Georgia Organics
Video 1 - “A few minutes with Joel Salatin at the Georgia Organics conference in Douglas, GA on March 9, 2007.”
Video 2 - "Here he answers the question, "Is sustainable agriculture a viable way to feed cities."
This Ain't Normal Folks! Joel Salatin live in Medford, OR - “Joel Salatin live at the Medford Armory, March 16th. This entertaining talk is wide ranging and covers such issues as food sovereignty, community development, disintegration of American culture, slow food movement, concentration of political power, etc”
Beyond Organic: The Story of Polyface Farm - Presentation at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Intro by Michael Pollen.
Local Food to the Rescue - Joel Salatin's presentation in Chautauqua Boulder, Colorado on 08/29/11 (53 minutes)
Time Monk Radio Interviews Presents Joel Salatin - “Time Monk Radio Network Interviews Presents: Joel Salatin on TMRN Radio” (5-18-2012) (2 hr 4 min)
Daniel Salatin at PASA's 21st Farming for the Future Conference - “Daniel Salatin (Polyface Inc) presents "Building the Team You Need & Want: Filling Labor Needs on the Farm" at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture's 21st Annual Farming for the Future Conference in State College, PA.” (1 hr 18 min)
Joel Salatin - International Permaculture Day 2012 - “Mike Grenville of Transition Forest Row interviews Joel Salatin, "The World's Best Farmer" (Time Magazine). Joel is a third generation alternative farmer that uses permaculture and other leading methods on his Polyface Farm in Virginia, US.”
Convocation: Joel Salatin - "The title of Salatin's presentation was 'Folks, This Ain't Normal'."Carleton College 2/20/2012 (1hr 22min)
Joel Salatin speaks at Bainbridge Performing Arts - “Joel Salatin speaks at the Bainbridge Performing Arts on June 2, 2012 as a benefit for Friends of the Farm.”
Wendy Tyner and Dwight Sutton provide introduction for Joel Salatin
PFI(Practical Farmers of Iowa) presents Joel Salatin - “Joel Salatin spoke at the farm of Tom & Mary Cory in Elkhart, Iowa on April 17, 2012. Topics include "Working With Your Kids So They Will Want to Work With You" and "Going Full-Time With Your Part-Time Farm."” (1 hr 35 min)
Real Food: Joel Salatin in Tampa - “Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms, VA. took a trip to Tampa Bay, Florida to speak about healthy locally produced food.“ (April 2012) (1 hr 42 min)
Miscellaneous interviews, excerpts, and presentations
Childhood memories of his grandfather's farm - "Joel Salatin talks about the whole of life Regenerative approach to moving from a child's vision to the reality today of what is Polyface Farms. Joel is a renowned author, activist and farmer who is one of the 2010 Regenerative Agriculture Workshop Series trainers (Nov-Dec 2010)."
Folks This Ain't Normal - "Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms, author of Folks This Ain't Normal (to be released October 10, 2011)..."
Lunatic Farmer - "Recently, Mr. Salatin spoke to a sell-out audience (co-sponsored by The Woodstock Land Conservancy and the Woodstock Farm Festival), where he had plenty to say. He was kind enough to make time to speak with us before taking the stage." - HandPicked Nation
Field Report: Joel Salatin Suggests - "What can one person do to make the food system be just a little better?" - HandPicked Nation
Joel Salatin: Ask An Expert - “For Hunger Awareness Week, Joel Salatin breaks down the sustainability of food for us.”
How to Prepare for A Future Increasingly Defined By Localized Food & Energy - Chris Martenson interviews Joel Salatin. (Audio Podcast) (44 minutes)
Joel Salatin interview w/ Paul Bishop - "...part of a series of video's with Joel" in Brisbane, Australia.
Joel Salatin at TEDMED 2012 - “Organic farmer and author Joel Salatin delivers a passionate talk about treating farmland with care to ensure the most optimal food production and nutrition.”
Q&A at TEDMED 2012
3K(The Three Kitcheneers) meets Joel Salatin (Food Inc.) - “The Three Kitcheneers get an exclusive interview with Joel Salatin of Food Inc. at The Beachhouse on Anna Maria Island.”
Joel Salatin at Wise Traditions 2010 - “A short excerpt from Joel Salatin's keynote at the Wise Traditions 2010 conference.”
You get what you pay for - A short clip from Joel’s lecture in MN.
Food Respect - “Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm talks about respecting the "pigness of the pig". This is an excerpt of Joel's keynote speech from the evening reception at the Bring Food Home conference on March 4, 2010 in Kitchener, Ontario.”
Joel Salatin: Our Soil and Our Health - "Joel Salatin in Union Square discussing the importance of soil ecology as it relates to our internal ecology."
Joel Salatin & Dr. Preston Maring at Kaiser Permanente discuss sustainable food & farmers markets - “Prior to the talks, both Joel Salatin and Dr. Preston Maring, a long-time sustainable food advocate at Kaiser Permanente, talked with reporters about the farmers market program at Kaiser Permanente and the value of sustainable food systems in supporting the health of farmers and consumers.”
Joel Salatin visits Farm to Family Bus - “Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms visits the bus and talks to bus owner Mark Lilly during the FRESH screening for Congress reception at Poste Moderne Brasserie, Washington, DC, May 21, 2010.”
Joel Salatin Conversation - “Joel Salatin talks the internet, models of distribution, co-ops, regulations and working together.” (4/19/2012)
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