Third generation farmer Joel Salatin runs Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The farm's website describes its products as "salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products using relationship marketing." Polyface Farm was featured in the best selling book Omnivore"s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, and in the documentary Food Inc., achieving iconic status as a grass farm practicing principles of sustainable ecology. Joel is known for his entertaining and theatrical public speaking and his many books, and during my visit he was generous with his time and thoughtful reflections on topics ranging from the history of farming, stewardship of land and wildlife, evolution, plant-based diets, and religious beliefs supporting animal agriculture.
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