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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

starvation advocate.

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

conference.

 

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.

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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.