The Salatin Semester


Let Joel Salatin Help You Plan Your Farm

Leverage Joel Salatin's 30 years of regenerative farming experience on the famous Polyface Farms in Swoope, Virginia, to build your growth plan for your farm.

Rabbits? Other livestock? Crop diversification?

This step-by-step course takes you through the process of planning the enterprises on your farm, from bookkeeping to harvest, to make sure your plan matches your skillset and your personality.

With a dream team of partners including Joel Salatin, Rob and Michelle Avis of Verge Permaculture and Acres U.S.A., the Voice of Eco-Agriculture, Small Farm Academy is honored to present this exclusive experience for you.

The return on your investment for this course is simple and straightforward: Joel Salatin will help you avoid the common pitfalls most farmers face, as they chase markets they do not have access to and build goals their fields and labor cannot support.

“This captures the thinking, the wrestling, the procedures that have made Polyface Farm successful.  We certainly don’t have all the answers, but we’ve made enough mistakes to discover some things that work…. My deepest hope is that the information here will shorten your learning curve and help you be successful.  The need is great.  The time is short. Your participating in this great mission is a wonderful thing.  Now go and do great things.”

– Joel Salatin



Learn from hours of video and discussions with superstar “lunatic farmer” Joel Salatin. You will get an encyclopedic compendium of small-farming entrepreneurial know-how!

And now we’ve gathered up and distilled every mind-bending morsel of Joel’s mob-stocking sagacity from those online events, and captured it all in one encyclopedic extravaganza of integrated agro-education…

…to inspire, inform, and incite you to outrageous small-farming success…forever!

Don’t put off this opportunity to own this all-inclusive, no-holds-barred, home study course…whether you’re still dreaming of your entrepreneurial farming enterprise, or you’re building on the foundations you’ve already laid, this is the novice-to-guru reference you’ll turn to again and again!


"If you want to get serious about farming (especially for a living), there's now a definitive guide from Joel Salatin himself,Ā The Salatin Semester. I've had a chance to peek inside this course and believe it's MOST of the info you would need to be a successful (sustainable) farmer "

Justin Rhodes

"If you want a detailed tour-de-force of the Salatin farm, this is it. I cannot recommend this enough. You will learn more than you realize you learned! I write and teach permaculture, and this is a wonderful in-depth case study on holistic management, raising cattle, raising multiple species of animals, and building soil. "

Matt Powers
The Permaculture Student

"What a package this is. The content is also totally stellar. I've been a huge fan of Salatin for years, and this is hands down one of the best products he's ever been involved with."

Curtis Stone
The Urban Farmer, Educator

"There are few people who can inspire you inaction while preaching about cow, pig, turkey, sheep, chicken and rabbit s***. But that's what Joel Salatin does. If you're read his other works, listened to podcasts and still had the question, "But how do I farm like this?" this is for you. Not only a compiled book of global farmers' experiences, tweaks and hacks on Joel's work, it also includes three days of education that Joel provided. Produced as it was being filmed, the video gives you a sense of being in the audience. The editing on the book is well completed and helps the reader with a "detailed contents" section in the back. Overall I haven't seen another product like this that covers what Polyfaces (Joel's farm) does as well. "

Javan Kerby Benakevitch
All Points Land Design

"This is a seriously useful resource. Short of spending days (and days!) with Joel Salatin in person, this package is a great substitute for anyone wanting an in-depth overview of Polyface Faming systems, as well as the nuts-and-bolts side of the animal enterprises. We'd recommend this to anyone wanting to dive into polyface-style farming."

Nick Ritar
Milkwood Permaculture

The Goal of The Course

We are very excited to give you the chance to learn directly from Joel Salatin about how exactly to plan your farm.

The main goal of this course is to help you craft a broad level farm plan. Identify acres of production, markets to serve, enterprises to run, and costs to run each. 

At the end of this course we want you to clearly know which enterprise is a right fit for you, your market, and your land. 

We want you to have a sense of exactly how which products you will be selling, much revenue you want to be earning, who your customers will be, how many people you will need on your team, and what infrastructure is critical to your success.

We have Joel teaching and answering your questions once a week for five weeks. With that, we want you to get laser focused on your next steps and identify your biggest challenges to overcome.


5 Recorded Sessions with Joel Salatin

Session #1: Understanding Polyface

Session #2: You Can Farm

Session #3: Pastured Poultry

Session #4: Salad Bar Beef

Session #5: Next Steps to Start Your Farm

The Salatin Semester

  • 18 hours of video 
  • 6 hours of audio Q&A
  • 256-page e-book

Lifetime Access

You have access to all of the course material forever. And, we encourage you to audit future offerings of this course for free.

30 Day No Questions Asked Money Back Guarantee

We want to help you to successfully plan your farm. Plain and simple. This course is our method to help you do that. If, for any reason at all, you decide this course is not a fit for you we will refund your money, no questions asked. We only ask that you let us know how we can improve.

"I would love to getĀ The Salatin SemesterĀ into the hands of [...] friends, and everyone dedicated to the small family farm, to give them the tools they need to make positive changes to their farmsteads. For the health of the planet (and my stressed out friends), I believe that food production has to evolve back to local diversified production, and people like Joel Salatin and the team at Verge Permaculture are helping to lead the way. "

Laurie Nevermen
Common Sense Homesteading

"My overall take onĀ The Salatin SemesterĀ is that it is a really good investment for anyone willing to put some serious hours of their own into becoming better farmers."

Jordan Marr
The Ruminant Podcast

"Managing your own farm is often a balance of calling on the inspiration of individuals like Salatin, on the experience of other farmers - like the voices that come through in this study guide, and on the knowledge you have of your own locale.Ā Ā The Salatin SemesterĀ brings together all three providing support and confidence to new and experienced farmers, alike. "

Brenda Barritt
Earth Works Farm

"I was very intimidated to try a ā€œnon-traditionalā€ way of farming, but this course has given me the confidence and tools that I need to build a successful biodynamic farm. I now know that it is possible to farm while having a positive impact on my surrounding environment! Thanks Joel!"

Farah Fox

About Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin, 61, 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.

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 callouses on his hands and dirt under his fingernails, mentoring young people, inspiring visitors, and promoting local, regenerative food and farming systems.

With a room full of debate trophies from high school and college days, 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 in a Wall Street business conference.

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.  

Frequently Asked Questions

You have lifetime access to the course materials!

No problem at all. We have a no questions asked, 30 day money back guarantee. With that said, we always appreciate understanding what we can do better to help you achieve your goals.


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