Everybody loves Polyface Farm

Pope Joel: Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm has become Mecca for sustainable agriculture tourists, with farm-tour reservations as hard to get as Spago in the '80s. (Washington Post) We're not knocking Joel, but c'mon, MSM, there are plenty of other small farms you could give some play to once in a while, even if they weren't the stars of "The Omnivore's Dilemma."

4 Responsesto “Everybody loves Polyface Farm”

  1. Yes!  I would love to know about sustainable farms that give tours.  Any you would suggest?

  2. Stephanie says:

    Hey Amelia--most farms that I've been interested in I've just called up and asked for a tour and they happily obliged. You also might have an organization in your area that sponsors such tours in the summer; you'd just have to sleuth around a bit to find them. You can use http://www.eatwellguide.org as one resource to help you find farms in your area. Does that help?

  3. Good for Saladin! Doing farm tours takes a lot of time and work. It's good communications. We used to do this regularly, for people who just called up but it got to the point where it was taking so much time that my wife insisted I stop, otherwise chores and projects weren't getting done. An alternative to physical tours is visiting blogs - online virtual tours. There's a lot of information out there on the net. I'm glad that Saladin is doing this too as there is a need for places people can go to see a working farm in action.

  4. I agree with Walter. We have people drop in to see some of our animals and ask questions. The last ones had just bought emu eggs, were driving past, and stopped to ask us about our birds, husbandry, etc. The eggs they had were fertile and were destined for their incubator.

    I love giving people the cook's tour, and that'll happen more often as we move into the U-Pick season for vegies, melons, herbs, etc., but it does take time and if there are too many, chores don't get done.

    What I do for people is to put up daily (usually) progress reports on may Facebook page. That way people can go there, read what I had planned that morning, and what actually got done in my PM post. I also write a little about the farm and post those to La Vida Locavore, for more indepth info, pics, etc. And I try to put links to all of that on the Facebook page and post links to Twitter, as I have a few people following me on that too. It's nice, because I can take a few minutes each day while I'm eating breakfast, dinner or having a cup of whatever, and people can follow on a day to day basis, what's going on at the farm.

    To find me on Facebook or Twitter just search for Joanne Rigutto. It's like having a little RSS feed for the farm.