I’m a big fan of US farmer Joel Salatin. He’s the man behind Polyface Farm, “a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley”.
One of my favourite articles by Joel is Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal (PDF). It’s an absolutely brilliant piece on how the rules and regulations that are introduced to try to curtail the excesses and greed of “big agriculture” are crippling family farms. It’s a hilarious story, and then you realise that it’s not.
Joel has been in Australia recently – there is some decent coverage on the ABC web site:
- The joys of being a ‘lunatic’ farmer (article)
- ABC Radio Melbourne on the Conversation Hour interview (audio)
- ABC Radio Life Matters interview (audio)
- Joel Salatin on Landline (video + transcript)
Have a read/listen, and let me know what you think in the comments!
For those wanting to see Joel in person, he’ll be doing some Regenerative Agriculture workshops and talks in NSW in November 2010, thanks to Milkwood Permaculture.
(The photo above is from Dabdiputs, used under the Creative Commons license)
Update 9-6-2010: Added the link to the Landline interview above.