If every farmer in the United States would practice this system, in fewer than 10 years we would sequester ALL the CARBON that has been emitted since the beginning of the Industrial Age…
The Polyface Story
In 1961, William and Lucille Salatin moved their young family to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, purchasing the most worn-out, eroded, abused farm in the area near Staunton. Using nature as a pattern, they and their children began the healing and innovation that now supports three generations.
Disregarding conventional wisdom, the Salatins planted trees, built huge compost piles, dug ponds, moved cows daily with portable electric fencing, and invented portable sheltering systems to produce all their animals on perennial prairie polycultures.
Today the farm arguably represents America’s premier non-industrial food production oasis. Believing that the Creator’s design is still the best pattern for the biological world, the Salatin family invites like-minded folks to join in the farm’s mission: to develop emotionally, economically, environmentally enhancing agricultural enterprises and facilitate their duplication throughout the world.
The Salatins continue to refine their models to push environmentally-friendly farming practices toward new levels of expertise.
Our Guiding Principles
TRANSPARENCY: Anyone is welcome to visit the farm anytime. No trade secrets, no locked doors, every corner is camera-accessible.
GRASS-BASED: Pastured livestock and poultry, moved frequently to new “salad bars,” offer landscape healing and nutritional superiority.
INDIVIDUALITY: Plants and animals should be provided a habitat that allows them to express their physiological distinctiveness. Respecting and honoring the pigness of the pig is a foundation for societal health.
COMMUNITY: We believe in a local food system. We should all seek food closer to home, in our foodshed, our own bioregion. This means enjoying seasonality and reacquainting ourselves with our home kitchens.
NATURE’S TEMPLATE: Mimicking natural patterns on a commercial domestic scale insures moral and ethical boundaries to human cleverness. Cows are herbivores, not omnivores; that is why we’ve never fed them dead cows like the United States Department of Agriculture encouraged (the alleged cause of mad cows).
EARTHWORMS: We’re really in the earthworm enhancement business. Stimulating soil biota is our first priority. Soil health creates healthy food.
What Patrons Are Saying About Our Farm
"I appreciate the fact that you obviously love life and the living—I tell our guests that our chicken corn soup was made from a happy chicken…It makes me very hopeful for my son’s generation – that perhaps Polyface dreams may carry over and downward.”B.W.
“Your meats are the best we’ve ever had.”S.G.
“I don’t’ eat much meat, but I had one of your steaks the other day and it made me want to have another one. It may have been the best I’ve ever had.”B.W.
“We’ve enjoyed the best meats in Scotland and Ireland…all over the world, and nothing compares to yours.”J.B.
“These eggs just jump up and slap you in the face.”F.J.
“I drive to Polyface 150 miles one way in order to get clean meat for my family.”V.K.