Practical tips for living sustainably: an interview with Joel Salatin (part 5 of 5)

Polyface Farms

Polyface Farms

In part 1 of this 5-part video interview series, we heard a short history of Polyface farms and its’ owner Joel Salatin.

In part 2, Joel talked about the issue of “real food” education and whether we should really try to convert everyone.

In part 3, we asked the big question – isn’t this whole sustainable food thing really just an elitist movement?

In part 4, we heard Joel talk about land ecology ethics, our role as caretakers of the land, and why a long term view is so important.

In this video: What’s the single policy change that Joel thinks would blow the food system right open? Listen to Joel talk about how getting in your kitchen and buying whole, unprocessed foods is the most culturally subversive thing you can do. Also, how to get started, some smaller family-scale versions of what Polyface Farms is doing, and why growing your own and getting local produce is so important.

What will you do?

How will you and your family live a more sustainable life, starting in the kitchen? What are some of your favorite “back in the kitchen” projects? Do you grow your own food? How did you get started? Tell us in the comments.


  1. says

    I love his perspective, so fresh and inspiring! We’ve got 4 chickens and a bunch of veggies in our suburban backyard in California, and I love the fresh food.

    I canned a zillion jars of tomatoes from our garden last fall, and we’re just working through the last few jars now, as this year’s tomatoes are just starting to come in.