Local Food Systems - Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms  - November 9-10 2012, Santa Fe

About Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin, 53, is a full time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  

A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas.

The farm services more than 3,000 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 using relationship marketing.

 He holds a BA degree in English and writes extensively in magazines such as STOCKMAN GRASS FARMER, ACRES USA, and AMERICAN AGRICULTURALIST.

 The family’s farm, Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”) has been featured in SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, GOURMET and countless other radio,television and print media. Profiled on the Lives of the 21st Century series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News, his after-broadcast chat room fielded more hits than any other segment to date. It achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA by food writer guru Michael Pollan.


Tom Delahanty of Pollo Real RanchAbout Tom Delahanty

Tom Delahanty is a sixth-generation farmer whose ancestors homesteaded in Wisconsin in the 1830s. He owns Pollo Real Ranch with his wife, Tracey. Tom has been raising pastured poultry for 20 years and doing it organically since 1996, when Pollo Real became the first certified organic poultry farm in the US. Pollo Real Ranch is now the premier organic pastured poultry operation in the world. It lies in Socorro, New Mexico, between two desert mountain ranges in the green Rio Grande Valley. Tom is a regular at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market, providing Gourmet French Label Rouge Chicken, Heritage Turkeys, and Farm Fresh Eggs at the Pollo Real booth. Pollo Real also runs a CSA and provides chicken to local gourmet chefs in some of the area's top restaurants.

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Building Local Food Systems
Friday November 9,  

Public Talk & Panel Discussion with Tom Delehanty of Pollo Real the first Organic Certified poultry farm in the USA. Jemez Room SFCC

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Ballet in the Pasture Workshop

Saturday, November 10,  9:30-4:30 pm

All Day Workshop with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms

Pastured Poultry in the SW with Tom Delehanty

November 11, 2012 - Sunday workshop - 9:30am - 4:30pm.

All Day Workshop with Tom Delehanty of Pollo Real


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Building Local Food Systems: Local Food to the Rescue

November 9 ,2012 7-9pm Friday evening public talk and panel discussion with Joel Salatin and Tom Delahanty

Join Joel Salatin and special guest, local Tom Delahanty of Pollo Real Ranch in Socorro, NM as we discuss the power of local food systems.

Biosecurity, food borne pathogens, energy, integrity, humane husbandry: local food can correct it all. But to really be a credible percentage of the global food system, it must develop six integrated components: production, processing, marketing, accounting, distribution, and patrons. Building a local food system that works requires aromatic and aesthetic production models that reintroduce the butcher, baker, and candlestick maker into the community. Economies of scale in collaborative food shed distribution compete with corporate volume. And patrons must rediscover their kitchens, eating seasonally and relearning domestic culinary arts.

Ballet in the Pasture (1 day workshop November 10, 2012)

November 10, 2012 Workshop with Joel Salatin

Polyface Farm's choreographed plant-animal symbiosis heals the landscape, the community, and the eater. A theatrical performance mixing humor and bomb-shell food system analysis, Salatin's stemwinder educates, entertains, and encourages. First rate pictures let the audience take a virtual tour around this grass-based multi-species livestock farm. Salatin's passionate explanations offer up a veritable epiphany on food and farming. Life-changing and ultimately memorable, Ballet in the Pasture is Salatin's signature performance.

Joel Salatin is a masterful speaker whose humor and positive energy guarantees a rewarding course. Over two information packed days Joel takes us through his entire family farm operation from the production of pastured poultry (eggs, broilers, turkeys), salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits & forestry products through to the relationship marketing approach his family business has developed that has made Polyface Farm the internationally recognized, and strictly local farm it is today.

If you are a farmer, understand your potential to renew and inspire your local community through clean food. If you live in town, discover the power you have to patronize your local farms and decouple them from wholly unfair corporate forces. Help your local farmers transform their farms into profitable and wholesome operations producing food you can trust. Become instrumental in the conscientious transformation of the dangerously toxic and destructive food production status quo towards the wholesome regenerative model the Polyface Farms have proven wildly successful. With Joel you’ll reveal the astonishingly obvious steps we all must take towards a future that is beyond sustainable.

Act to regenerate your land, water & community.

 Pasture Poultry in the Southwest  (1 day workshop November 11, 2012)

November 10, 2012 Workshop with Tom Delehanty

Tom will share and teach us how he is using these principles of regenerative agriculture in Socorro.    Pollo Real is a business that is a key component to developing a secure local food system.  Learn from the best in our area about how to build soil and revitalize the microbiology while producing a lot of protein per acre.   In addition Tom and Tracey are opening a retail butcher shop and a deli in Santa Fe be the first one to know the details of this very exciting new venture.

Topics Include

  • Grass-fed beef (‘Salad Bar Beef’)
  • Pastured Poultry (Eggs, broilers & turkeys)
  • Pig Keeping (‘Pigaerator Pork’)
  • Forage-Based Rabbits
  • Value-added Forestry
  • Relationship marketing
  • Navigating legalities
  • Whole farm planning
  • Simple irrigation methods
  • Wildlife habitat benefits the farm
  • Developing local food networks
  • Multi-generational family farms
  • Principles of profitable farming
  • On-farm nutrient cycling
  • Buyer advice for the local food movement
  • So much more…