You Can Farm with Joel Salatin

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You Can Farm with Joel Salatin

August 4, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

How to Start and Succeed in a Farming Enterprise

Joel Salatin à la Ferme PolyfaceJoin Joel Salatin, August 4, 2015, in Dunham, QC, for a unique one-day masterclass exploring how to set up a thriving, profitable and ethical small farm, using Polyface Farms‘ innovative techniques.

This masterclass is perfect for beginner farmers, wanna-be farmers, landholders and clean food advocates who are ready to get serious about regenerative agriculture and fair food systems, built from the ground up.

This masterclass will look at how to succeed in a diverse small-farm enterprise, focusing on:

  • Getting started: what you need to know and how to approach the first 5 years.
  • Setting up, budgeting, farm design and planning for success.
  • Whole farm water design including dams and passive-feed stock watering solutions.
  • Integrating different animal systems for maximum effect, fertility and yields.
  • Integrated nutrient cycling and on-farm composting.
  • People power – internship and apprenticeship schemes.
  • Direct marketing, buying club models and building a successful customer network.


Our animals don’t do drugs. Instead, we move them almost daily in a tightly choreographed ballet from pasture spot to pasture spot” – Joel Salatin


About Joel Salatin

8536935455_5d9ef792f6_b copyJoel Salatin is a third generation family farmer working his land in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley with his wife, Teresa, son Daniel, daughter Rachel and their families. The Salatin Polyface Farm, an organic grass-fed farm, serves more than 4,000 families, 10 retail outlets and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and PolyFace initiated ‘buying clubs’.

The farm produces: Salad Bar Beef, Pigaerator Pork, Pastured Poultry (Eggs, Broilers, Turkeys), Forage-Based Rabbits, and Forestry Products.

Joel has been called ‘the world’s best farmer’ by TIME magazine and is internationally respected for his farm’s innovative, integrated animal systems.

He is also the author of 9 books including the best seller Folks, this Aint Normal, You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef. Joel also writes extensively in magazines such as Stockman Grass Farmer, Acres USA, and American Agriculture.

Get in your kitchens, buy unprocessed foods, turn off the tv, and prepare your own meals. This is liberating” — Joel Salatin


The Workshop

Élevage naturelJoel’s seminal book “You Can Farm” has been highly influential to many small-farm producers and beginner farmers, who are looking for cost effective and ethical ways to get into farming on a small scale.

Joel will spend an entire day explaining the nuts and bolts of PolyFace Farm’s innovative animal husbandry techniques and operations, which are now taking off in the small-farm scene in the USA, partly due to so many farmers going to Polyface Farms to see how it’s done.

This masterclass is the next best thing to spending a week at PolyFace Farms in Virginia, observing and learning about the farm. Joel’s accessible and friendly conversation style means you’ll leave this day informed and inspired.

Regular Q&A during the masterclass will ensure that you’ll leave this masterclass with a good understanding of what is involved to get a profitable small farm operation up and running, so you can get farming!

Lunch is included in your registration. Expect tasty local organic food, prepared by our wonderful chef Maxime Beauchemin and his team.
Simultaneous translation will be offered to French speaking participants.


There has never been a better time to go into farming” — Joel Salatin



The masterclass will take place at: 1194 Chemin Ten Eyck, Dunham, QC (google maps).

A round-trip transportation by bus is organized from Montreal (Berri-UQAM). 10$, reservations required using this form.

You can find a list of accommodations in the area: accommodations in Dunham, or AirBNB.



Register before June 5 to get the early bird rate (places are limited). Also, you could save 45$ per person by registering 3 people, or more.

You can pay for your course below with your credit card. If you prefer, contact Jean-Luc at 819-640-6494, or to arrange payment by credit card, cheque or direct deposit over the phone.



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Mycelium received a financial contribution of 2000$ from the Direction régionale de la Montérégie secteur Ouest du ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation.


The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. — Joel Salatin


August 4, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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1194 Chemin Ten Eyck
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