Session #1: "Understanding Polyface" - Tuesday, October 8th @5p PST/8p EST
Session #2: "You Can Farm" - Tuesday, October 15th @ 5p/8p EST
Session #3: "Pastured Poultry" - Tuesday, October 22nd @5p PST/ 8p EST
Session #4: "Salad Bar Beef" - Tuesday, October 29th @5p PST/8p EST
Session #5: "Next Steps to Start Your Farm" - Tuesday, November 5th @ 5p PST/ 8p EST
"If you want to get serious about farming (especially for a living), there's now a definitive guide from Joel Salatin himself, 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 "
"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. "
"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."
"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. "
"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."
We are very excited to give you the chance to learn directly from Joel Salatin about how exactly to plan your farm.
The goal of this course is to help you understand the different enterprises of Polyface farms, and which one(s) are a fit for you.
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.
If you're interested in this course, and have any questions, please reach out to us at: courses @ smallfarmacademy.com.
We hope to have you join us this Fall,
Small Farm Academy
Join us for the first ever online course Joel has taught. Joel will be teaching the curriculum and answering questions to help you get your farm planned.
You have access to all of the course material forever. And, we encourage you to audit future offerings of this course for free.
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 get The Salatin Semester 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. "
"My overall take on The Salatin Semester is that it is a really good investment for anyone willing to put some serious hours of their own into becoming better farmers. (See the full review here.)"
"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. The Salatin Semester brings together all three providing support and confidence to new and experienced farmers, alike. "
"I was very intimidated to try a “non-traditional” 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!"
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.
No problem at all. We record every live session and post it to the course so you can watch it anytime.
AND, if you have specific questions about the week's curriculum, you can email us beforehand and we'll get your question asked during the live session.
One full year of access to the course materials.
We would love to have you join us for a second round of the course! In fact, we encourage you to take the course again at no additional cost, and ideally come in as a mentoring role for first time students of the course.
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.