Why Homesteading? A Candid Chat About the Homestead Tsunami | Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms
We fondly refer to Joel as the grandfather of the homesteading community. With decades of experience in the farming and homesteading world, he brings incredible insight to this discussion of the current state of homesteading. Joel’s upcoming book, Homestead Tsunami, serves as a source of inspiration and aspiration for those who desire to articulate a solid “why” behind their decision to live a homesteading lifestyle. No matter where you are on the homesteading spectrum, may you find encouragement that this way of life is worth it.
In this episode, we cover:
– Why are so many people flocking toward homesteading right now?
– Rejecting fear-based motivations and moving forward in faith
– A picture of homesteading in Israel
– How homesteading is like building an ark
– Raising hard working children of integrity in our current culture
– The power of disconnecting from manmade things and connecting to God’s creation
– Exploring what is behind the urban vs. rural mindset
– How to ignite meaningful change in our current climate
Joel Salatin 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 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 at a Wall Street business conference.
Often receiving standing ovations, he prefers the word performance rather than presentation to describe his lectures. His favorite activity?–Q&A. “I love the interaction,” he says.
He co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning documentary Food Inc., the farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets, and a farmers’ market with salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, and forestry products. When he’s not on the road speaking, he’s at home on the farm, keeping the calluses on his hands and dirt under his fingernails, mentoring young people, inspiring visitors, and promoting local, regenerative food and farming systems.
Salatin is the editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer, granddaddy catalyst for the grass farming movement. He writes the Pitchfork Pulpit column for Mother Earth News, as well as numerous guest articles for ACRES USA and other publications. A frequent guest on radio programs and podcasts targeting preppers, homesteaders, and foodies, Salatin’s practical, can-do solutions tied to passionate soliloquies for sustainability offer everyone food for thought and plans for action.
About Joel’s upcoming book: Homestead Tsunami: https://www.thelunaticfarmer.com/blog/2/7/2023/homestead-tsunami
Polyface Micro by Joel Salatin: https://polyfaceyum.com/product-cat/cart/#!/POLYFACE-MICRO/p/389984533/category=127354789
The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31625593-the-benedict-option
Crunchy Cons by Rod Dreher: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/214439.Crunchy_Cons
Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms
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