He’s the man! That’s it..end of blog. Ok not really and you could already tell because obviously this expands down the page lol. Joel Salatin is my hero. For those of you who don’t know who he is..this is him.
He’s a lunatic farmer. He will admit that himself. His way of using the land to produce grassfed animals is just amazing. He has written many books, has tours of his farm, does speaking events, and has many Youtube videos. Everything he does is what we all should be doing. He’s found a way to stay in business when many renegade farmers cannot.
The FDA and the USDA are extremely powerful. They have the authority to come onto your property for no reason what so ever, take all your livestock because “someone” filed a complaint..which could be no one at all, and then euthanize all of them. They can put you out of business in the blink of an eye because we are poor people with little power. We do not have the right to eat what we want in America. We cannot legally buy or sell raw milk in many states. We cannot buy raw cheese in many states. We cannot sell a simple chicken to the next door neighbor who asked to buy it without jumping through a ton of loops. It is very ridiculous to me that we have no choices. We are suppose to eat chemical laden, pesticide filled, bacterial food because it is deemed “safe”.
To me eating safe is knowing exactly where your food came from, who processed it, and being able to go watch them do it, or help them even! I make this point because in my journey, that the Lord has called me to, I will end up being a rebel. My overall plan is to use the Joel Salatin farm model. Splitting my, hopefully this year, farm into several parcels and raising grassfed beef. After the cows are done with a pasture and have eaten the grass to the bottom of the teen stage, then a few days later the free range chickens take over. They spread the manure while picking bugs out and produce eggs..same with turkeys and if you so choose to raise, broilers. I plan on raising pigs that while young are turning the compost piles that have grown over winter with kitchen scraps. Then turned out on pasture to eat fresh grass, shrubs, and insects. Finally to finish them in the woods, using them to clear out brush and spark new grass growth, all the while they are eating acorns, walnuts, berries, shrubs and anything else they find.
Why is it so hard for our government to understand that we have a RIGHT to eat what we deem healthy. If my neighbor is processing a deer in his kitchen, I should have a right to buy it if I choose. If I have a cow, and milk it, I should be able to sell that milk. How are we going to take care of each other if the government won’t let us make a living? Oh that’s right, the government will take care of us…. I suppose I could give it away, but I should be able to ask a price for my labor and my time processing.
I want to encourage all of you to be like Joel. Maybe not in every sense of the practices, but to follow his model. Be a lunatic farmer who demands the right to grow, sell, and eat what we choose, not what is chosen for us. This growing season I will still be living on my little acre plot, but I plan to use pasture rotation with sheep, followed by chickens and turkeys. Yes I am selling this food to my neighbors. I will grow an organic garden and I will sell those things too. If I have to jump through hoops to do it, so be it. If I have to end up trading things with people, so be it. I will drink raw milk. I will make cheese. I will sustain myself as best I can on my little acre.
To end my rant I am posting a few links so that you too can be inspired by Joel to be a lunatic..a rebel… a “deemed unfit for human consumption” eater!
Some Books Joel Salatin has written(There are many more):
- You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise
- Salad Bar Beef
- Pastured Poultry Profits
- Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front
Eye Opening Movies Joel has starred in:
- Food Inc.
Happy Lunatic Homesteading!! 😀