On a foundation of Christian principles, Salatin has built a farming ecosystem where cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and rabbits interact ecologically in a way that goes beyond conservation.
"What we're looking at is God's design, nature's template, and using that as a pattern to cut around and lay it down on a domestic model to duplicate that pattern that we see in nature," Salatin says.
What that means for Polyface in practical terms is that the cattle graze different areas of pasture every day. Then chickens pick through the same fields, eating bugs and spreading cow manure before clucking back to mobile coops.
The farm's pigs generate fertilizer by rooting around the floor of the barn, lured by sweet corn into aerating the mix of hay, cow manure, and wood chips. The finished compost is spread on fields. This process not only takes almost nothing out of the environment, it puts nutrients back in.
"We believe that the farm should be building 'forgiveness' into the ecosystem," Salatin says. "What does that mean? That a more forgiving ecosystem is one that can better handle drought, flood, disease, pestilence."
Sunday, November 29, 2009
At first I thought the title was a joke, then I saw it's actually what the person given the title has claimed as his own, Joel Salatin Advocates a Better Way to Raise Food . It's an article I recommend is worth taking the time to read, part of which: