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Joel Salatin: You Can Farm: Masterclass
Joel Salatin: You Can Farm: Masterclass
Feb 17 2013 - Feb 17 2013  9:00am - 5:00pm
Kiama Pavilion - Kiama
You Can Farm: Joel Salatin Masterclass


Join Joel Salatin for a unique one-day masterclass exploring how to set up a thriving, profitable and ethical small farm, using Polyface Farms' innovative techniques. This masterclass is perfect for beginner farmers, wanna-be farmers, tree-changers and landholders ready to get serious about regenerative agriculture, as well as existing farmers looking to broaden their on-farm offerings.

This masterclass will look at how to succeed in a diverse small-farm enterprise, focusing on:

polyface pig
  • Getting started: what you need to know and how to approach the first 5 years
  • Setting up, budgeting, farm design and planning for success
  • Whole farm water design including dams and passive-feed stock watering solutions
  • Integrating different animal systems for maximum effect, fertility and yields
  • Integrated nutrient cycling and on-farm composting
  • People power - internship and apprenticeship schemes
  • Direct marketing, buying club models and building a successful customer network
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Joel's seminal book You Can Farm has been highly influential to many small-farm producers and beginner farmers worldwide, who are looking for cost effective and ethical ways to get into farming on a small scale.

For the first time in NSW, Joel will spend an entire day explaining the nuts and bolts of PolyFace Farm's innovative animal and operations which are now taking off in the small-farm scene in the USA, due to so many farmers going to Polyface Farms to see how it's done.

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This masterclass is the next best thing to spending a week at PolyFace Farms in Virginia, observing and learning about thefarm. Joel's accessible and friendly speaking style means you'll get a heap out of this day.

Regular Q&A during the masterclass will ensure that your questions get answered, and that you'll leave this masterclass with a good understanding of what is involved to get a profitable small farm operation up and running, so you can get farming!

polyface broilers

About the teacher:

Joel Salatin is a third generation family farmer working his land in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley with his wife, Teresa, son Daniel, daughter Rachel and their families. The Salatin Polyface Farm, an organic grass-fed farm, services more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs.

Joel  has been called 'the world's best farmer' by TIME magazine and is internationally respected for his farm's innovative, integrated animal systems. He is also the author of 8 books including the best seller Folks, this Aint Normal. Joel also writes extensively in magazines such as Stockman Grass Farmer, Acres USA, and American Agriculture.


Don't forget to check out the rest of our Joel Salatin Masterclass subjects: Pastured Poultry (18th Feb) and Pastured Beef & Pork (19th Feb). Book for the whole series at once and receive 20% off.

For masterclass dates in Queensland, head to Milkwood proudly presents Joel Salatins' masterclass series in association with RegenAG and HeenanDoherty.

Booking your place:

Book your place below with your credit card for this one day masterclass, or contact us if you'd prefer to pay by phone, or by cheque or direct deposit. 

Please note that tickets for this Masterclass are not refundable, but are transferable to another name.

As part of our Fair Share policy, we provide pensioner and unwaged discounts where needed. Please get in touch for more information.

Included in your ticket:

Your ticket includes delicious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Take this unique opportunity to connect with other aspiring and like-minded farming folk! You will also receive comprehensive post-course notes to back up what you have learned.

Once you've booked into this course, we will contact you via email regarding your booking, what to bring along with you, and any further info you might need or request regarding this course.

**Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, the venue for this masterclass had to be moved from Jamberoo to nearby Kiama. Apologies for any confusion.


Kiama Pavilion
2 Bong Bong Street
Country: au


The Kiama Pavilion has been the centerpiece of the Kiama area's agricultural pride for many generations, and has hosted many a country show. These days it's a comfortable and airy conference venue with stunning views of both the coastline and hinterland.

The Pavilion is a 10 minute walk from the Kiama station station and 2 minutes walk from Kiama township, and is surrounded by beautiful beaches.

Getting there by Car:

Kiama is 90 minutes from Sydney by car. Take the princes highway south and turn left at the clear Kiama turnoff signs.

Getting there by Train:

Take the South coast line from Sydney Central to Kiama station. The train trip is 2 hours and follows the spectacular south coastline. The Kiama Pavilion is an easy 10 minutes walk downhill from the station.

Where to stay:

Kiama has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, most of which can be booked through the central Kiama Tourism website

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Prior to attending your course, you might like to take a look at our ever-expanding reading list,a bunch of recommended and practical texts on Permaculture, sustainable agriculture and community resilience.

None of these texts are pre-requisite for our courses, we just like to be able to provide suggestions on background reading, in case you're champing at the bit to get going.

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