Joel Salatin: Making a Difference with Local Food in Virginia

polyfacefarm Joel Salatin is a local individual well-known for promoting sustainable agriculture and for pioneering grass-farming. Furthermore, the Salatin family owns and runs Polyface Farms, which consists of 550 acres in Swoope, Virginia and has become a popular source of local, high-quality farm-fresh produce. Why are we telling you this? Because Polyface Farms is one of the three local sources that provides ingredients for our very own breakfasts here at the Iris Inn! Joel Salatin and his expertise in the agricultural world. In an article entitled “Rebel with a Cause: Local Food Can Feed the World,” Salatin elaborates on five “cold, hard truth[s]” about the nature of the food industry:
  1. “Nearly half the world’s edible food never gets eaten.”

  2. “Distribution is the only reason people are hungry; nobody is hungry due to a shortage of food.”

  3. “There is plenty of land for farming. Unused land is everywhere.”

  4. “Science and technology have caught up with natural farming.”

  5. “We don’t need vaccines and antibiotics to keep farm animals healthy.”

One only has to look at how successful Polyface Farm has been throughout various generations to see that Mr. Salatin must be doing something right! If you would like to see Polyface Farms for yourself, there are numerous tours offered—self-guided tours, guided tours, grass stain tours, and lunatic tours.

And don’t forget to book your room at the Iris Inn to try out mouthwatering breakfasts made from Polyface products.