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The Joel Salatin Effect in Australia

December 3, 2014 | Chickens, Design It, Ducks, Farming, Grow It, Raise It | 8 comments | Author:

So just how relevant or valuable IS an American farmer like Joel Salatin coming to Australia to talk small farm skills and enterprise planning? As it turns out, quite a lot. The techniques + thinking of Polyface Farms’ founder has influenced … Continued


3 days at Polyface Farm

June 4, 2013 | Animal Systems, Design It, Farming, Grow It, Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Raise It | 20 comments | Author:

It’s the pace of everything, that gets you most of all – everyone is busy – doing a task that needs to be done, right now, then walking purposefully to the next task, which also needs to be done. Joel Salatin often … Continued


Enter the egg mobile (start with what you’ve got)

January 3, 2013 | Chickens, Design It, Farming, Raise It | 26 comments | Author:

We’ve been researching egg mobile models for a good while now, in order to figure out how best to get our small (but growing) flock of layers rotating through our paddocks, enjoying fresh pasture and laying eggs aplenty. In the … Continued


Moving the Pigs at Polyface Farm

October 31, 2012 | Farming, Pigs, Raise It | 5 comments | Author:

So what does moving a mob of pastured pigs look like, and how does it work? Our friend Derek has just finished up interning at Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm, and he sent us some photos of a recent ‘pig move’. … Continued


Egg Mobiles I Have Loved…

April 18, 2012 | Animal Systems, Appropriate Technology, Chickens, Farming, Raise It | 21 comments | Author:

An Egg Mobile is a movable chicken house designed to house laying hens at night, who by day cluck around on open pasture. Joel Salatin made them famous at Polyface Farms, but who invented the concept I do not know. … Continued


Folks, This Aint Normal: Joel Salatin: Book Review

October 11, 2011 | Farming, Publications, Resources | 14 comments | Author:

So here we have it. Folks, this ain’t normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World. At last, after 7 self-published books on everything from ground-breaking poultry systems to inter-generational farming strategies, Joel Salatin has … Continued


Why Joel Salatin is so excited by Pasture Cropping

October 6, 2011 | Appropriate Technology, Courses + Workshops, Farming, Grow It, Small Farm Skills | 2 comments | Author:

Why was Joel Salatin so excited when we took him to visit Col Seis’s pasture cropping farm last year? I think it had to do with Joel wanting to close the loop on his regenerative farming enterprise by plugging one … Continued


Joel Salatin Workshop Notes

August 31, 2011 | Courses + Workshops, Design It, Farming, Off-Farm goings on, Resources | 5 comments | Author:

Following on from the cracking workshop we ran with Joel Salatin in Jamberoo earlier this month, here’s the links and resources we devised as post-workshop notes for everyone who came along. There’s so much goodness in Polyface Farm’s regenerative agriculture … Continued


Joel Salatin in Jamberoo

August 8, 2011 | Courses + Workshops, Farming, Off-Farm goings on | 10 comments | Author:

What do you get when you cram 200 people into a room with Joel Salatin to talk about awesome small-farming techniques that heal the land and create livelihoods at the same time? You get the shivers, that’s what! Or i … Continued


The Greenhorns and Joel Salatin in Gerringong

July 22, 2011 | Community Projects, Farming, Off-Farm goings on | 12 comments | Author:

The night before our workshop with Joel Salatin at Jamberoo, there’s going to be an awesome evening. It’s the Australian premiere of The Greenhorns, a new and funky film on young farmers. And Joel Salatin will be there, slurping soup … Continued


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