Joel Salatin, 64, calls himself a Christian libertarian
environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like
him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high
priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from
Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Those who don’t like him
call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and
With a room full of debate trophies from high school and
college days, 15 published books, and a thriving
multi-generational family farm, he draws 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
His wide-ranging topics include nitty-gritty how-to for
profitable regenerative farming as well as cultural philosophy
like orthodoxy vs. heresy. A wordsmith and master communicator, he moves audiences from laughs one minute to tears the next, from frustration to hopefulness. Often receiving standing ovations, he prefers the word performance rather than presentation to describe his lectures. His favorite activity?–Q&A. “I love the interaction,” he says.
He co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning documentary Food Inc., the farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets, and a farmers’ market with salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, and forestry products. When he’s not on the road speaking, he’s at home on the farm, keeping the callouses on his hands and dirt under his fingernails, mentoring young people, inspiring visitors, and promoting local, regenerative food and farming systems.
Salatin is the editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer, granddaddy catalyst for the grass farming movement. He writes the "Confessions of a Steward" monthly column for Plain Values magazine, the "Homestead Abundance" column for Homestead Living magazine, and three columns a month for the e-magazine Manward. He also co-hosts a podcast titled BEYOND LABELS with co-author of that book Dr. Sina McCullough.
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He has authored 12 books:
PASTURED POULTRY PROFITS: Net $25,000 in 6 months on 20 Acres
SALAD BAR BEEF
YOU CAN FARM: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farming Enterprise
FAMILY FRIENDLY FARMING: A Multi-Generational Home-Based Business Testament
HOLY COWS AND HOG HEAVEN: The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm Friendly Food, is an attempt to bring producers and patrons together in mutual understanding and appreciation
EVERYTHING I WANT TO DO IS ILLEGAL: War stories from the local food front.
THE SHEER ECSTASY OF BEING A LUNATIC FARMER
FOLKS, THIS AIN’T NORMAL: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
FIELDS OF FARMERS: Interning, Mentoring, Starting, Continuing
THE MARVELOUS PIGNESS OF PIGS: Nurturing and caring for all God’s Creation
YOUR SUCCESSFUL FARM BUSINESS: Production, Profit, Pleasure
PATRICK'S GREAT GRASS ADVENTURE: With Greg the Grass Farmer, a children's book illustrated by daughter, Rachel Salatin.
BEYOND LABELS: A Doctor and a Farmer Conquer Fopod Confusion One Bite at a Time
POLYFACE DESIGNS: A Comprehensive Construction Guide for Scalable Farming Infrastructure
POLYFACE MICRO: Success with Livestock on a Homestead Scale
His speaking and writing reflect dirt-under-the-fingernails experience punctuated with mischievous humor. He passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm. Four generations of his family currently live and work on the farm.
Pork Rhyne, "The Pork Evangelist,” is known across the country and overseas in East Africa for his work as an international livestock educator and local foods marketing expert. He has dedicated his life to training and educating experienced and beginner farmers, primarily on small-scale livestock production, business, and marketing. Pork Rhyne has been featured on ABC's Localish, PBS-NC's Resilient Agriculture, Mother Earth News, Homesteaders of America, and The Livestock Conservancy's Marketing Monday.