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.

    • says

      , Hi, I’m Dave! I saw the long dark hair, the leather jaekct and thought, EW! About five years later, we actually talked (he had outgrown the long hair and black leather jaekct thing by then) and I went home, called my friend and told her that he was not boyfriend material, he was husband material. He left for Texas a few months after we started dating (which, like you, I think intensely helps to truly build a relationship through friendship) for mission training. We both have a 3-ring binder each that is about 2 inches thick filled with letters we wrote to each other (I relate to the lamenting of long distance phone bills!). We got married about a year after he came home from the missions training and we’ve been married for 13 years now. It does get better, that’s for sure! I do think it’s funny that when we got married, I thought we were just exactly alike. After about a year of marriage, I thought we couldn’t be any more different. Now, we’re blended together and solidified, we’ve learned how to communicate well and it’s something that is clearly the work of the Lord. Happy Anniversary! And many more!

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