Small American Farmers in Serious Crisis: The Back Story

EVENT DATE: MAY 18, 2024

Meet Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms and learn about some of the issues small farms face when trying to get their healthier foods to the public.

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0:00 Welcome, Joel Salatin!
5:50 Rogue Food Conference
7:18 How do farmers circumvent strict regulations?
15:40 Selling food from Joel’s farm
20:12 How can you find small, local farmers?

Please join me in welcoming Joel Salatin! Joel explains how all food is carefully sanctioned. With so many government, food, and zoning regulations, it’s very difficult for small farmers to enter the market.

To solve this problem, Joel started the Rogue Food Conference with John Moody in the spring of 2020 with the theme “Circumvention, Not Compliance.” When laws inhibit competition with larger producers, it’s more efficient to circumvent rather than comply with the rigorous regulations.

The upcoming Rogue Food Conference will be held at Joel’s farm, Polyface Farms, in Virginia. It showcases the unique ideas that people use to get their products to the masses. Many small farmers favor the private membership association model, which will be debated at the conference!

Another creative way that people are able to sell their food or products is by selling them as a component of a course. Some farmers might sell a butchering course online for $300 that also comes with 50 pounds of meat.

There are two Rogue Food Conferences each year. This year, it’ll be held in Virginia in the spring and Dallas in the fall.

Farmers’ markets are a great place to find local farmers and healthier food that’s not produced by large corporations. Look for boutiques or privately owned food stores and ask if you’re looking for a specific food, even if they aren’t selling it. Farmers know other farmers!

The key to our health is REAL food, so looking for great farmers is worth the hunt.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 59, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients, so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose, and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope you enjoyed this interview. I’ll see you in the next video.

Dave McKinnon

  • @GloryCarrier22 says:

    Let’s just wait and see, Jesus said “By their fruits shall you know them”

  • @jeanettebrooks1963 says:

    We better start growing, don’t stop and keep learning!

  • @patriciaoreilly8907 says:

    Bill Gates buying up American farms is a bad move on all accounts. We need to respect & help our farmers all around the world animal welfare 😊 organic food 😊 no to pesticides 😊protect our farmers for our future children medical health 😊 good video Dr. Berg 😊good food 😊 good mental & physical health 😊

  • @melissa-ur7kl says:

    Finding Joel’s videos years ago encouraged us to buy 54 acres! So blessed to have greats like you and Joel sharing wisdom!

  • @tinageorge8058 says:

    Doctor Berg, I don’t think you know how much we appreciate everything you do. Thank you 🙏

  • @AllMediaAlchemy says:

    Lots of great information in this interview! As a fellow small farmer myself, I back everything Joel said. He knows what he is talking about. Thank you so much for all that you do, Dr. Berg!

  • @heiketabatabai9969 says:

    Joel Salatin is my hero! ❤

  • @mikeshay4866 says:

    Small farmers need to concentrate on feeding the people in their state (or whatever area) it would cut out the big box stores

  • @sandreawhite7534 says:

    Will this trickle down to the individual homeowner that wants to grow home Vegetables. I’ve heard something about using too much water and bad for the environment. We have 53 Earth Boxes on stands and every year for the past 10 years I have grown peppers, jalapeño peppers, cabbage, broccoli cauliflower Eggplant, carrots, lettuce, red leaf, lettuce, green leaf, lettuce, Romain, lettuce, tomatoes, beef, steak, Romas, early girl, green beans, the pole beans, and four containers and bush beans, and four containers and pineapple. We have an abundance that we can’t eat it all. I do it as a hobby this is my hobby and it, thrills every neighbor and friend when I show up with a basket full of natures bounty and I love doing it. No charge. I loved giving it, especially with the prices of produce. Earth Boxes produced more than you could ever imagine beans and tomatoes. It’s just fabulous and I would just be lost if we were told to shut it down, especially after doing it for 10 years. The name of my garden is: THE GARDEN OF EATEN.

    • @Drberg says:

      Thanks for sharing this. Keep going.

    • @wisikahn says:

      I will follow your lead..

    • @donnas5209 says:

      I wish I lived near you. I tried growing a few tomatoes & pepper plants. I didn’t like it. Wasn’t worth what I actually was able to grow to eat. Maybe I didn’t do something right tho.

    • @loriirons9503 says:

      Bless you Sandra for your generosity. You should consider teaching others how to! I too have a green thumb and enjoy growing as my dad and his dad were produce farmers. I grew up on a small 40 acre farm growing and picking everything by hand.

    • @Maracz47 says:

      Just collet rain water, that will help some

  • @WilliamFluery says:

    I am 62…my great grandparents were tomato farmers in Missouri. I am considering buying a plot of land to grow vegetables and berries for fermenting and to raise grass fed/finished animals for personal/family consumption.

  • @utopicconfections5257 says:

    Thank you for having Joel Salatin on your show. I’ve read several of his books and have tried to live and work the ideas and methods he expounds.

  • @50something67 says:

    My wife and I are OTR drivers and would love hauling for local farmers.

  • @johnnymidnight814 says:

    “When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty” – T. Jefferson..

  • @PoemPictureDreamForest says:

    The idiocy of bureaucracy is mind-boggling. Just layer upon layer of regulations & government employees to strangle small businesses to death. Simply outrageous. 🙄

  • @MHPloni-kl5ec says:

    Excellent! Thank you! Because of your efforts, Dr. B., I’ve been eating only my own prepared foods. Thank God, I feel great.

    Please, people . . . CHANGE your food choices to healthy and nutritious and safe food. It is actually _cheaper_ because eating well cuts out the expensive, processed stuff.

  • @bineausmiami says:

    I was completely taken by surprise to see Joel on your channel…. absolutely awesome 👍😎 so much wisdom in one place. Thanks for having him. Love you both ❣️❣️❣️

  • @jenxer608 says:

    The Amos Miller (Amish farmer) in PA comes to mind. If they are going after the Amish for doing what he has done for generations, they will go after anyone. It’s sad!!

  • @donnas5209 says:

    God bless the small farmers!

  • @Susie_kory says:

    Dr Berg AND Joel Salatin!? This is the BEST

  • @2022universallove says:

    I had to share this video. We need the farmers and I greatly appreciate everything that the farmers do for us. Without small farmers a nation would not be able to eat. Thank you to all of the hard working families who farms to feed us. May this crisis be resolved for the human race as well as the animal kingdom 💜💜💜🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽✨️✨️✨️✨️✨️💕💕💕💕

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