Today, my family and I are visiting Polyface Farms. For those who don’t know what Polyface Farms is, it’s Joel Salatin’s family farm. If you don’t know who Joel Salatin is, I highly recommend that you Google him. To sum him up, he’s the rock star farmer who has brought sustainable agriculture to the forefront. His farm was showcased in the movie Food, Inc. and he’s also in the movie FRESH. His premise is so amazingly simple but yet it is so far from where our current food production model lies. He is an acclaimed author who has written the following books:
- Family Friendly Farming
- You Can Farm
- Salad Bar Beef
- The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer
- Pastured Poultry Profits
- Everything I Want to do is Illegal
- Holy Cows and Hog Heaven
- Folks, This Ain’t Normal
One of my favorite YouTube clips is this one from FRESH. If you can spare 1 minute and 42 seconds, please watch this. What a wonderful life.
This week, Mid-Atlantic Gardening will be focusing on our trip to Polyface Farms and all of the wisdom that we can glean from the experience. Truth be told, we aspire to have a farm similar to Polyface Farms. We don’t aim to copycat Polyface completely…we would like to have dairy cows instead of beef cattle. Being that I’m a horticulturist, we’ll focus more on plants than animals but we would still like to have meat birds and laying hens. And possibly sell some to have multiple revenue streams.
You may be wondering what all of this has to do with gardening. To me, it has everything to do with gardening. By learning how to grow vegetables, fruit trees, nut producing trees and shrubs that provide you with food, we are one step closer to being able to feed ourselves. Also, as gardeners, we are stewards of the resources that God has provided us with. Whether those resources are plants or animals is irrelevant to me. To know that we have been entrusted to take care of them is awe inspiring. I know that I’ll be in awe and inspired visiting Polyface Farms. I can’t wait to fill you all in on the details. Let me know if you’ve been on a “Lunatic Tour” at Polyface Farms. Leave me a comment below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you enjoy being part of the Mid-Atlantic Gardening community, join our e-mail list (upper right hand corner of this page), become a fan on Facebook and follow me at Twitter. Happy gardening!