The world's best farmer Joel Salatin returns to Oceania in February-March 2014 for a 6 city seminar series & book tour organised by Bendigo-district farmers & farm planners Lisa Heenan & Darren Doherty of HeenanDoherty. The series is named after Joel's latest book, 'Fields of Farmers' and is all about inspiring a new generation of farmers (and older) who are looking for new directions and want to feed the future.
Joel will be joined by his son, Daniel Salatin and daughter-in-law Sheri. 31 year old Daniel manages Polyface Farms, the best known farm in the US and from its 1000 acres services over 4000 families, restaurants and retail outlets within a 3 hour 'Foodshed'. Daniel's wife Sheri is Polyface Farm's Marketing Director and manages her role was remaining a 'stay-at-home' of three children.
Together this dynamic trio will deliver the 'Fields of Farmers' series to audiences in Auckland (NZ/Aotearoa), Taree (NSW), Hobart & Launceston (TAS), Adelaide (SA) & Manjimup (WA). The focus of these seminars will be around reinvigorating agriculture and engaging farmers of all ages, including those new and existing to the possibilities that abound in this vital industry on which we all depend.
The Salatin's story & Polyface Farms' proven techniques have inspired many thousands of Australasian farmers (and consumers!) to understand that you don't need a lot of capital to get farming and that 'You Can Farm!' whilst helping to regenerate families, farms, landscapes and the food system.
Ticket holders to the 'Fields of Farmers' series will receive a copy of Joel's latest book of the same name and Joel will be available for signings throughout these events.
Sponsorship, Partner & Networking enquiries are invited to help support what promises to be a tour that will change many lives and landscape for the better, both in town and in the country.
Joel Salatin works alongside his wife Teresa, son Daniel, daughter Rachel, daughter-in-law Sheri, Apprentices, Interns, Rental Farmers, Staff & Animals to manage Polyface Farms in the Swoope region of Virginia, USA. Joel wows packed audiences of all walks of life wherever he goes with his version of what he calls 'Agritainment'.
Joel has been labelled 'The World's Most Innovative Farmer' by Time Magazine, & is the author of 9 books, countless articles, & has led seminars & courses leaving tens of thousands changed in the way they spend, eat, farm & live.
Joel's most recent title is 'Fields of Farmers' will be a best seller & further expands this Heinz Award winner’s profile & message across the world.
A man who truly walks his talk is a must-see wherever he goes with his capacity to communicate the means by which consumers can engage with farmers & how farmers can take control of not just production but also succession, processing, distribution & marketing.
(Read a recent Fairfax Media 'Good Weekend' Article 'Greener Pastures' featured in 'The Age' & 'The Sydney Morning Herald' by HD Alumni Mark Whittaker)
Daniel Salatin is the son of Joel & Teresa Salatin, and is the Manager of Polyface Farms Inc. As the third generation on Polyface farm in Swoope, Virginia, he has grown up in the family business.
Polyface services more than 4,000 families, 10 retail outlets, & 50 restaurants through on-farm sales & metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey & forestry products through relationship marketing.
A self-confessed 'home school drop-out', Daniel was always going to be a great regenerative farmer having gone from carrying freshly processed chickens while in nappies, to running & over-seeing the day-to-day workings of Polyface.
As a seven-year old he started a pastured rabbit enterprise, which has had its ups & downs but continues today. Starting the rabbit business gave him first hand experience with marketing, processing, research & development, & the costs of a new business.
Today Daniel is fully employed by the farm & spends his days orchestrating animal movement, scheduling daily tasks & apprentice training.
At thirty-one, Daniel is married to wife Sheri Salatin & has two sons Travis & Andrew & one daughter Lauryn.
Sheri Salatin is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mum of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and enjoys working the land along side her husband, Daniel.
Sheri was influential in getting the buying clubs up and running and now oversees 25 drop locations throughout Virginia and Maryland with over 4,000 families. The buying clubs are nurtured under her direct oversight and she is the go-to person for all questions about marketing to metropolitan areas.
Through real life experiences, Sheri has honed her skills and shares some of the best ways to approach and sell to some of the top chefs in the world.
Polyface services more than 4,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products through relationship marketing.
Today Sheri spends her days juggling marketing, website maintenance, blogging, motherhood, and farming.
At thirty-three, Sheri is married to husband Daniel and has two sons Travis and Andrew and one daughter Lauryn.
Disclosure: HeenanDoherty Pty. Ltd. is Mr. Joel Salatin's International Agent & creates a financial incentive for itself via the promotion of Joel Salatin and by placing a margin on events that HD promotes featuring Joel Salatin.