❓ Do you have questions for Joel Salatin?

Marjory Wildcraft
Marjory Wildcraft Posts: 1,613 admin
edited November 2020 in Other News

Preparations are in full swing for the spring Homr Grown Food Summit. A wonderful tradition that has emerged is a Grow Network community call with Joel Salatin. Get me you questions and I'll ask Joel in the annual interview I do with him.

Here are a few to get you started... Please list yous down below.

latest trends in organic farming?

are we seeing growth in the number of small, integrity based, farmers?

If he were starting over with a new piece of land (probably in bad shape in terms of compaction, low organic matter, etc.) what would he do first?

what was his biggest "failure"

what new inventions or processes is he working on now?

what's on his radar?


  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,519 admin

    Those are good questions.

    Mine: Does he effectively treat any of his animals with herbs or herb based remedies? If so, what does he use, & what dose is necessary? This is a question about ailments & internal & external parasites.

    My primary focus is birds (chickens, guinea, ducks), but cows (beef & dairy), horses, dogs, cats are still important & have their jobs too. I want to support them in the best way possible.

    Maybe my question is it's own interview. I am sure it could fill a lot of time. 😂 Maybe he needs to do an interview combined with Doc Jones. Put all 3 of you into one talk. Now that could be interesting!

  • silvertipgrizz
    silvertipgrizz Posts: 1,990 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Marjory Wildcraft

    using an auger for soil compaction. the small hand held ones?

    everything worms, what does he think about worm towers.

    Has he ever tried the 'no dig' method or specifically the Ruth Stout method and if so what are his thoughts re these types of planting/growing. Moreover what is his method?

  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft Posts: 1,613 admin

    ey everyone, I'm booked with Joel for next Monday. Please let me know if you have questions for him.

  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,465 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I once saw a presentation that he did where he spoke about how to "fix" pasture land that is overrun with the wrong types of foliage. He almost made it sound like any land was good land if you know what you are doing. My question is what are some red flags that someone can look for when purchasing land that would signal that it just might not be worth the effort?

  • vickeym
    vickeym Posts: 2,116 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Does he have any recommendations for taking a wooded and wild patch section of our property to pasture? It's full of natural trees (many beetle killed spruce), a few birch, some cottonwood and much undergrowth including devils club. As well as ridges and valleys. We want to clear part of it for pasture.

  • heirlooms777
    heirlooms777 Posts: 208 ✭✭✭
    edited May 2023

    All great questions. We have a local grant here for turning forested land used for logging and planting native trees and plants, if I am correct about it, you purchase the plants through the grant(?) and they reimburse you over 100%; so my question is, how would my friend turn her forest into something considered a logging company, and would creating and maybe selling biochar count as logging? What is biochar, and is the recipe for making it half coal(?) and half worm castings or other good compost?

    Could he possibly speak more about how he has people rent his property to camp or place a van or RV? What is the app he mentioned previously where people can sign up their farm land for campers and other types of travel (is it something like Airbnb?).

    Can you please give an overview of how to homestead on a small amount of land, all I know is that it requires moving the animals daily.

    Is it possible to hire you to give talks?

    Thank you! Ευχαριστώ!

    -Christina Lefkothea, M.L.I.S.

  • VermontCathy
    VermontCathy Posts: 1,980 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What is his advice for farmers who want to farm, but not get involved in marketing? Should they form partnerships or other networks with local people interested in doing the sales and marketing? How can this be made profitable for all parties?