“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.