Joel Salatin is a world-leading example of how a small family farm can become an extremely diverse and profitable Local Food producer, and how the benefits of Local Food Systems can create resilience, stability and abundance for both local farmers and the wider community. You can visit his farm Polyface here.
During the day we learnt about:
- Polyface's 'Salad Bar Beef' systems, which improve the land while producing great 'beyond organic' beef
- Polyface's pigearator systems, using pigs as compost turners over winter
- Polyface's forested pig systems, and how they are regenerating the landscape while producing great pork
- Polyface's innovative direct marketing and buying club systems for getting the above products to market.
It was a big day with over 200 attendees but Joel was a generous and entertaining host. Hubby was working so it was just me who attended and I am so glad I did. I learnt a lot and it will really help when it comes to planning our new property in New Zealand.
|Joel presenting on Saturday|
In the mean time we have decided to implement at least one idea here on the farm straight away which I will expand on in another post as I want to tell the whole story.
The day was supported by a number of groups including Food Connect. They had set up a number of displays at the venue. Food Connect are all about connecting the farmers with the customers and are currently available in both Brisbane and Sydney. It is really worth checking out the service they offer if you live in one of these cities.