Show #109: Joel Salatin on food, soil and regenerative effects of working with nature’s systems


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And onto this week’s show!

Oooh how excited I am to share this conversation this week. Joel Salatin, 61, calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson.  Those who don’t like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate.

With a room full of debate trophies from high school and college days, 12 published books, and a thriving multi-generational family farm, he draws on a lifetime of food, farming and fantasy to entertain and inspire audiences around the world.  He’s as comfortable moving cows in a pasture as addressing CEOs in a Wall Street business conference.

Sounds like someone worth hearing what they have to say, right? You will leave this conversation more hopeful and happy than you found it when it comes to the food and farming front, that I can guarantee you.



Here are the questions I asked Joel with the usual twists, tangents and deviations you’ve come to expect.

  1. For the people who’ve been under a rock… Were you born and bred a farmer? Did you always farm in the way you do now? 

  2. The magic of regenerative principle

  3. The magic of soil and grass

  4. How animals are an essential part of the prosperity of both of those! 

  5. A couple of favourite rehab / regenerative projects – how they came about / what kind of resistance you were perhaps met with initially and what kinds of transformations the land experienced by changing farming style… can it be fast? 

  6. How small hold farming can be a wonderful, profitable business

  7. If you had a farmer in front of you today, who was a feedlot farmer or a small farmer using lots of sprays and they kind of knew it wasn’t an ideal set up, but born perhaps into the system they were born into, they can’t see from A to B… a) do you think they can change over time / adopt new principles / business modelling et b) where on earth would they be able to start? 

  8. Regenerative farming for climate change challenges

Other helpful links?

Find out more about Joel Salatin and his work here

You can get Joel’s book “Folks this ain’t normal” HERE

You can follow Joel and Polyface Farm on Instagram @polyfacefarm or Facebook



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  1. I love the countryside and working towards one day being a landowner myself…..and love to visit this great varied land of ours every chance I get. So when my local butcher invited me to come and visit his property and see where my meat comes from, I jumped at the chance. I did not realise that Frank, my butcher from Paddock to Table, was following Joel’s method he talks about with Alexx (and he often chats to Joel for advice and suggestions). To actually see the results of what someone has been talking about in a podcast is so AMAZING. Franks property is full of lush paddocks of feed for his cattle, which are the most happiest herd I have ever seen. He also has pig’s of which he is so passionate about also. So proud of his work and loves how he is learning and growing from his mistakes and is not afraid to experiment. So grateful to my friend who introduced me to this wonderful butcher who was willing to take this beautiful path, when so many others doubt and question.

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      Thank you for sharing Kim. So happy it resonated and I am SO grateful to have seen so much of Australia this year on the book tour. What a country we get to live in! What a joy to find that your butcher follows Joel’s teachings. It’s the way forward xx

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