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You Can Farm – Joel Salatin: Melb

February 22nd, 2015 ( 9:00 am - 5:00 pm )

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Join Joel Salatin for a unique one-day masterclass exploring how to set up a thriving, profitable and ethical small farm, using Polyface Farms‘ innovative techniques.

This masterclass is perfect for beginner farmers, wanna-be farmers, tree-changers and landholders ready to get serious about regenerative agriculture, as well as existing farmers looking to broaden their on-farm offerings.

This masterclass will look at how to succeed in a diverse small-farm enterprise, focusing on:

  •   Getting started: what you need to know and how to approach the first 5 years
  •   Setting up, budgeting, farm design and planning for success
  •   Whole farm water design including dams and passive-feed stock watering solutions
  •   Integrating different animal systems for maximum effect, fertility and yields
  •   Integrated nutrient cycling and on-farm composting
  •   People power – internship and apprenticeship schemes
  •   Direct marketing, buying club models and building a successful customer network

Joel’s seminal book You Can Farm has been highly influential to many small-farm producers and beginner farmers in Australia, who are looking for cost effective and ethical ways to get into farming on a small scale.

Joel will spend an entire day explaining the nuts and bolts of PolyFace Farm’s innovative animal and operations which are now taking off in the small-farm scene in the USA, partly due to so many farmers going to Polyface Farms to see how it’s done.

This masterclass is the next best thing to spending a week at PolyFace Farms in Virginia, observing and learning about the farm. Joel’s accessible and friendly conversation style means you’ll leave this day informed and inspired

Regular Q&A during the masterclass will ensure that you’ll leave this masterclass with a good understanding of what is involved to get a profitable small farm operation up and running, so you can get farming!

About your teacher:

Joel Salatin is a third generation family farmer working his land in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley with his wife, Teresa, son Daniel, daughter Rachel and their families. The Salatin Polyface Farm, an organic grass-fed farm, services more than 4,000 families, 10 retail outlets and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and PolyFace initiated ‘buying clubs’.

Joel  has been called ‘the world’s best farmer’ by TIME magazine and is internationally respected for his farm’s innovative, integrated animal systems.

He is also the author of 8 books including the best seller Folks, this Aint Normal. Joel also writes extensively in magazines such as Stockman Grass Farmer, Acres USA, and American Agriculture.

Queenslanders! Following this event, Joel is also up your way with our mates at RegenAG – schedule here.

During the day

We’ll provide you with complimentary drinks and a light lunch, thanks to Joost Bakker and the crew of Brothl – expect nourishing treats like ferments, veggies, cured meats and fresh bread.

Please note that if this spread won’t be to your tastes, plan to bring your own lunch, or pop out to one of the many eateries of Brunswick nearby.

Booking into this masterclass

You can pay for your course below with your credit card. If you prefer, contact Trev in our office to arrange payment by credit card or direct deposit over the phone.

Please note that there are no refunds available for tickets to this event.

Update: Bookings for this course have now closed. Click here to find other scheduled courses.

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