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Polyfaces

Runtime: 92m 02s | Release date: 2015

This film features: Joel Salatin, Michael Pollan.

“As the problems of the world become more and more complex, the solutions become clear and simple.”

One Australian family spends their life savings and travel to the USA, spending 4 years documenting a style of farming that will help change the fate of humanity!

Set amidst the stunning Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia, Polyface Farm is led by the “the world’s most innovative farmer” (TIME), uses no chemicals and feeds over 6,000 families and many restaurants and food outlets within a 3 hour ‘foodshed’ of their farm.

Polyfaces is a joyful film about connecting to the land and the community. Produced over a period of 4 years, it follows the Salatins, a 4th generation farming family who do ‘everything different to everyone else’ as they produce food in a way that works with nature, not against it. Using the symbiotic relationships of animals and their natural functions, they produce high quality, nutrient-dense products.

We show how they regenerate their landscapes, communities, local economies, customer’s health and, most importantly, their soils. We meet various characters and follow their powerful, personal journeys as they benefit physically and emotionally from the Salatin’s way of farming. This model is being replicated throughout our global village, proving that we can provide quality produce without depleting our planet.

Agriculture is the most damaging industry, but it doesn’t have to be; and this regenerative model of food production could be just the thing that saves us!

We are a family who’ve decided to put the future of humanity ahead of watching and wondering. Together we’ve used and built on our talents to create a feature-length film of outstanding quality and power — a fitting tribute to the future that we know is possible.

Come join us!

*Disclaimer

Please be advised that although we feel there are important messages in this film, we also acknowledge that there may be conflicting ideologies that challenge beliefs. We like to encourage our viewers to do their own diligent research to determine which is the right approach for them as we regard nutrition and health as being highly individualized and not a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Featuring:

Joel Salatin
Lucille Salatin
Sherry Salatin
Teresa Salatin
Rachel Salatin
Daniel Salatin
Art Salatin
Travis Salatin
Lauren Salatin
Michael Pollan

 

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Trisha Wright | 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Thank you.
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Milagros Chang | 8 months, 1 week ago
This is truly so inspirational. Just yesterday, I was telling my co-workers I would be so happy having a small farm with some chickens and a few cows. Loved the film.
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Milagros Chang | 3 days, 10 hours ago
I would be happy as well. This is how it is suppose to be.
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Clinton Bradley | 1 year ago
Ah so you love your animals and then you kill them... Bad for the health of the animals (obviously) and bad for the health of the humans who consume them! I grew up eating all these animal foods and became sick with a range of chronic illnesses, like pretty much everyone in the world who eats animal products. I now am infinitely healthier on a plant based diet. I am so disappointed that people think and tell themselves that they doing all this great progressive organic, animal loving farming stuff but really it's just slaughter and providing products that are ruining human health. The only realistic and loving solution is to abandon animal farming entirely and stop pretending that these "loving" and "humane" farming methods are something other than execution factories that are entirely unnecessary and counter productive for human health.
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Marijke Peereboom | 11 months, 3 weeks ago
I think you need to keep an open mind Clinton. I used to be a vegetarian, but am back to an omnivore way of eating again and feel much better for it. The important thing is the quality of the food one is eating and with that the sustainability of the earth. The polyface way of farming is defintely better for nature. If you feel better on a plant based diat, then good for you. We are all individuals and need to be able to making our own choices. I do hope, however, that the food you eat is grown in a sustainable way. We only have one earth...
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Athena Author | 11 months ago
I agree with a plant-based diet, and I have educated myself with plant-based lifestyle material for years. However, you suggesting that it is the "only realistic" form of human life to never eat an animal is absurd. For example, higher climates with undeniably cold winters must use animal products for survival. Killing of animals will always happen, sorry to burst your Utopia Bubble. Creating a higher standard and conscious way of animal agriculture (like the ways in this documentary) knowing they were raised a natural life will indicate a more aware society. With a more aware society you will obviously have people opting for a diet that consist of little to no meat. Think with the intention that all of your hate, judgement and irrational thinking gets you to the same place where all inequality takes place.
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Lisa Polyfaces | 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Athena and Marijke for your thoughtful comments. Clinton we can reverse Climate Change by sequestering more carbon and putting it back in the soil. We can do this with the natural functions of animals, moving them regularly to let the land regenerate, which also gives them the most nutrient dense feed.
Realistically you are never going to get everyone to stop eating meat, so isn't it better that you suggest to family and friends who eat meat to support, local, regenerative farmers like the Salatins who are regenerating their landscapes, communities, local economies, the health of their customers AND most importantly their SOILS.
I believe we all needs different foods to be healthy.
I was vegan then vegetarian and I got really sick and I started eating local organic, biodynamic meat again. I don't need much but I make alot of beef bone broths. My body works eating this way.
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Paul Cleugh | 1 year ago
Ever since I first saw Joel in an earlier documentary I've thought about his way of farming, and how he cares for the land and the animals he raises.
Thank you so much for showing his way in it's entirety, to watch this is what I call a privilege, and it has given me the drive to go ahead with plans for my own sustainable property when I relocate early next year.
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Lisa Polyfaces | 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Thank you Paul, feedback like yours makes the 5 years of hard work making this film all worth it! Greatly appreciated. We need lots more farmers to get on board with this style of farming.
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Nancy Palmatier | 1 year ago
Just WOW! I grew up in a home where we raised much of our own produce and hunted and fished. Today I love to garden and get so much satisfaction when i see my canned goods in our pantry. I raise a small herd of goats and use extra milk to make soap and lotions that I sell at farmers markets. I get that same great satisfaction when someone comes back and tells me how my products have helped them. I hope you are able to convert many more "conventional" farmers to your sustainable way of farming.
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