Sustainable Farmer Joel Salatin to Speak at West Virginia Retreat

Joel Salatin
Joel Salatin (photo from Polyface, Inc. Web site)

Joel Salatin, whose sustainable farming practices are featured in the popular documentaries Food Inc. and Fresh the Movie, will be the keynote speaker Saturday, May 22 at the Stewardship of the Land retreat near Hinton, West Virginia.

Come hear why Salatin takes a unique approach to farming at Polyface Inc, which is described as a “multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm” in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

“We are in the redemption business: healing the land, healing the food, healing the economy, and healing the culture,” according to the farm’s Web site.

Online registration is available for the May 21-23 conference, which will be held at Bluestone Camp and Retreat on Bluestone Lake. The family-friendly event will explore the connections between the Christian faith and environmental stewardship. Workshop themes range from “Christianity and the values of public land stewardship” to “sustainable cooking with legumes” to “eco-crafts for children.” The weekend will also include discussions, outdoor activities, and worship that will inspire people to act as stewards of the land. There will be a commissioning of young adults in the Eco-Stewards Program, who will have just completed a week-long training on ecological stewardship principles and practices in West Virginia.


Who: Keynote speaker Joel Salatin of Polyface, Inc. farm.

What: Stewardship of the Land: A Christian Community Gathering

Where: Bluestone Camp & Retreat near Hinton, West Virginia

When: Conference begins 7 p.m. on Friday, May 21; ends at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 23. Joel Salatin is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22.

Why: Connect your faith with sustainable living practices

Cost (includes all meals & lodging):

$75.00 for Adults prior to May 1; $90.00 after May 1st

$30.00 for Saturday Only (for those commuting just for the day)

$50.00 for College Students and Young Adults (ages 12 and older)

$30.00 for Children (ages 11 and younger)

Registration: click here to sign up online

3 thoughts on “Sustainable Farmer Joel Salatin to Speak at West Virginia Retreat

  1. What an incredible opp for eco-stewards and EVERYONE attending this weekend event! I saw Salatin on PBS about 20 times last week during earth-week, and am very excited about hearing him in person in just a few weeks.

  2. I am very much looking forward to this weekend retreat! It will be a great time of fellowship, education, and fun. I am looking forward to many of the interactive workshops, and am excited to hear Joel Salatin’s unique perspective on our food system!

  3. heather

    What an amazing chance to hear Joel Salatin speak in West Virginia! I heard him speak last Spring at Stanford University (in California) and can honestly say I never left a talk having laughed so hard, learned so much and been inspired to live a life of earth stewardship (rather than have it be a hobby or a profession separated from my personal life). Joel Salatin and his family are some of the greatest examples of living their faith that I have seen — his farming is definitely his ministry. I hope to see you there!

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