Firebrand farmer

Firebrand farmer

Salatin’s seeds of discontent yield diverse base of support
Alternative farmer Joel Salatin runs Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, where his methods and philosophy have won him followers from the left and right. Based on mimicry of natural systems rather than constant chemical inputs, Salatin’s innovative farming methods have proved productive and profitable.
At Polyface Farm, Joel Salatin opens a portable henhouse and frees about 750 chickens to forage in an open field for the day. Salatin raises cattle, pigs and poultry in symbiosis with one another and the pasture beneath them.
Joel Salatin, left, talks with farm employees about when to move the cows.

Firebrand farmer

Alternative farmer Joel Salatin runs Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, where his methods and philosophy have won him followers from the left and right. Based on mimicry of natural systems rather than constant chemical inputs, Salatin’s innovative farming methods have proved productive and profitable.
At Polyface Farm, Joel Salatin opens a portable henhouse and frees about 750 chickens to forage in an open field for the day. Salatin raises cattle, pigs and poultry in symbiosis with one another and the pasture beneath them.
Joel Salatin, left, talks with farm employees about when to move the cows.
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