Saturday, January 22, 2011

joel salatin is my personal hero


Blogger Paula said...

Mine too, and I don't even have time right now to watch this.

January 22, 2011 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I agree. Saw him speak in person last year and it was a highlight of the year. Another was a forum on sustainable agriculture featuring Wes Jackson of the Land Institute and Wendell Berry. Best of all, these were all free talks at Indiana University. We could all learn a lot from these great men of our time.

January 22, 2011 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Wow. You got to hear Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry, and Joel all talk at the same event....

I'd pee in my pants.

January 22, 2011 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Amy McPherson Sirk said...

I love that we're relearning how to raise animals in ways that benefit the earth, the animals and the people who eat the animals. I'd love to be able to hear these guys speak in person but for now I'll have to be happy with Youtube.

January 22, 2011 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Joel Salatin will be speaking on the 29th in Latham (outside Albany) at a Grass-Fed beef conference sponsored by Cooperative Extension of Albany County. There’s more information and you can register here: I haven’t seen you mention it, so thought you might not know about it.

January 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Kathy, that is Pig's Day... Or I would be there in a heartbeat.

January 22, 2011 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger From the Country Farm said...

love love love him!

January 22, 2011 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Dancing shepherdess said...

I know this will sound snipey, but Joel is a person who is simply DOING what people in this world have done for centuries. He inherited his family farm. That is a really nice step up to get to the goal. I am not saying that his message isn't a good one, rather, that he, imho, is not worthy of hero worship- anymore than the thousands of others who do this, but do not publicize to the level that he does. Can we get an amen for the unspoken folks who don't need accolades, but just do it because it makes sense?

January 22, 2011 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Staci said...

I completely agree.

January 22, 2011 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

Jenna, thanks for putting this up in it's entirety.........I have never seen it! :) After watching Supersize Me a few years ago, I have not eaten at Mc D's forever, this ups the anty to really looking at the whole picture! thanks again for thought provoking content!

January 22, 2011 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Phiddy said...

Thank you for posting this.
Everyone needs to hear and read Joel Salatin to learn what we, this generation, the baby boomers, have done to Mother Earth.
I have been growing organic and this year have turned to a neighbor for our organic meat, eggs and milk. I have not felt this healthy in a very long time.

January 22, 2011 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Providence Handmade said...

Yes, I've developed a mild obsession with Joel, myself. ;)

January 22, 2011 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Kelpie and Collie- I'd be more inclined to give an amen to the folks that farm this way if they were as vocal as Salatin is! That said, there is a farmer somewhat local to me whose blog I follow because she just knows so darn much and she explains how and why she does what she does...

The reason Salatin is a hero is not because he does what he does, although that's part of it. It's not because he's some savior- it's because he's preaching a compelling gospel and people are starting to listen to him.

Anybody who wants to farm naturally and stand up and be counted, and go to the mat to fight for this kind of farming for those of us who can't produce our own pigs and beef or any other kind of food is a hero in my eyes.

January 22, 2011 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I can see why he is. Enjoyed the video a lot.

January 22, 2011 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I've loved this guy ever since I saw Food Inc.. I always forget his name though.

January 22, 2011 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Sara D said...

Jenna, I just got home from a Sustainable Local Food& Farm Conference in Grass Valley California where Joel was the keynote speaker. That man is so full of infectious charisma that the whole conference was buzzing for hours afterward. His farm model is so inspiring that I think I will apply some of his strategies to my farm. Along with Joel Mark McAfee (Organic Pastres Dairy and raw milk expert), Dr. Will Winter(Found of the American Livestock Association), and Aaron Lucich (creator of the documentary We Are What We Eat) all spoke. It was amazingly inspiring. You should check out I think you'd enjoy it.

January 22, 2011 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

I just heard him talk last night in Berkeley. He gave two mini talks, one on his "grass farming" and the other on how his faith fits in with his farming practices. I could tell he doesn't give the latter speech very often - couldn't quite figure out where he was going with everything. I'm sure he was nervous as a self-proclaimed "Christian Right" guy speaking in a church in the ultra left nation of Bezerkeley. I still love him and what he is doing.

January 23, 2011 at 1:05 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I know there's a little envy from me that he was born into such a situation, but a lot of people, including his neighbors, would have been gifted that land and just turned it into a conventional agri-business. Joel kept true to his father's dream, his faith, his respect for the land and I am 100% okay with his PR and success. As a writer, farmer, and speaker he is a man I really look up to.

And I really look up to how he includes his beliefs in what he does. Imagine if every ultra-conservative christian farmer did the same! May he start a trend!

I'm not alike in faith, or politics, but I don't care about any of that. Talk about working for the greater good...He's a hero.

January 23, 2011 at 7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel came out a couple years ago and talked to the students at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. I was able to hear him speak and it was amazing. Not only was everything he said right on, but you should have seen the audience. Here are all these early 20's giving him standing ovations, cheering and whooping at his points. Really made me think that maybe there is hope for this generation!

January 23, 2011 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

we went on a lunatic tour at polyface and were shocked when out walked joel! he was amazing but i'm not sure everyone there appreciated just WHO was driving our hay ride around. I could hardly speak LOL

January 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM  

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