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Seminar with Joel Salatin

The view at Afton Field Farm

The view at Afton Field Farm

“If a chicken eats two blades of grass a day, it’s immune to avian diseases.”
~ Joel Salatin, regarding an English study.

Today’s an exciting one. We’re attending the “Intensive Discovery Seminar with Joel Salatin,” an information-packed day with renowned farmer, lecturer and author Joel Salatin and Polyface Apprentice graduate Tyler Jones.

(Polyface is the Salatin family farm: practicing and teaching “perennial prairie polycultures,” i.e., intensive, innovative, radical permaculture.)

We’re learning pasture systems, butchering, marketing. We’re enjoying a lovely breakfast by Luc, and devouring an equally lovely lunch and dinner by Sybaris. Mostly, we’re getting to know the dynamic systems that can turn a farm from a one-dimensional “factory” into a living, breathing organism, where the needs of one area are perfectly met by the natural output of another. It’s a method designed to enhance – rather than deplete – the place: emotionally, economically and environmentally. It’s based on patterns built into the natural world. It’s congruent and self-supporting; in other words it’s whole.

Understandably, we’re amped.

Many thanks to Afton Field Farm for hosting the event.


About Healing Ponds Farm

Healing Ponds is 40 acres in Buxton, OR. Our farm store, Ludemans Farm & Garden Center, is in Beaverton. We do open-pollinated seeds, pastured eggs and meats, raw milk herd shares, chicks and a lot of other things.


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