We can’t wait to host Joel Salatin for 3 one-day masterclasses in February. This will be the first time that Joel will present the in-depth specifics of the various integrated animal systems of Polyface Farm to a NSW audience.
Leading on from our previous 2 years of working with Joel, we very much wanted to get specific with him for these masterclasses. The Polyface Farm animal systems are fantastic to look at from the outside, but what about all the little important details? How do you design for producing 200 clean eggs a day in the eggmobile laying boxes, so you don’t have to wash them all? How to make your small farm systems cost-efficient enough to ensure you’re still farming in 2 years time, edging forwards with fertility and security?
So this time around, Joel is all about the detail. The three masterclasses are split into: You Can Farm (an overview of designing for successful small farm enterprise setup, including marketing and buying club systems), Pastured Poultry (egg laying systems, broiler systems, turkey systems, on-farm processing, direct marketing) and Pastured Beef + Pork (mob stocked beef systems, pigerator and pastured pork systems, direct marketing)
I thought I’d share the curriculums of the 3 masterclasses at this point, so that you can get a feel for what’s involved in these three days. Even if you’re not able to come, the curriculums below give lots of insights as to areas of importance for planning small farm systems of this kind.
Common Visioning – the most important energy on the farm is between yours ears, and nothing drains it faster than spousal or familial disagreement and distraction. We have to get the team on the same bus before we can talk about which seats each rider will occupy.
Information – where do you get it, how do you categorize it and store it.
Mob stocking – movement
Grass finishing – the pie concept
Portable shelter s
Care in the field
Added to all this knowledge of Joel’s, we always appreciate the exisiting knowledge in the room – all the farmers and folks connected to food production who come along and add their incredible wealth of local knowledge to the day… lunchtime is major networking and discussion time for everyone! You never know who you’ll meet…
Kiama Pavilion, Kiama NSW (1.5 hrs south of Sydney, accessible by cityrail trainline and a 4 minute walk to the venue)
Please join us if you’re able, and help us spread the word! These masterclasses are a great idea for anyone hoping to farm one day, or wanting to change how they currently farm, as well as folks wanting to access world-class knowledge on regenerative, ethical small-farm systems for reasons of advocacy, local food system building and consumer education.
We also recommend these masterclasses to any budding or practicing permaculture designers and teachers, as the techniques explained are a great addition to your knowledge when advising or educating about integrated permaculture food production.
It’s going to be an extraordinary three days. We hope to see you there.
For masterclass dates in Queensland, head over to our mates at www.RegenAG.com. Milkwood proudly presents Joel Salatins’ 2013 masterclass series in association with RegenAG and HeenanDoherty.