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Joel Salatin
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Joel Salatin calls himself a “Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer.” Those who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Those who don’t like him call him a bioterrorist, Typhoid Mary, a charlatan and a starvation advocate.

With a room full of debate trophies from his high school and college days, 12 published books and a thriving multigenerational family farm, he draws on a lifetime of food, farming and fantasy to entertain and inspire audiences around the world. He’s as comfortable moving cows in a pasture as he is addressing CEOs in a Wall Street business conference.

In addition to penning an exclusive weekly column for Manward Financial Digest, Salatin is the editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer,  the granddaddy of catalysts for the grass farming movement. He also writes numerous guest articles for Acres U.S.A. and other publications.

A frequent guest on radio programs and podcasts targeting preppers, homesteaders and foodies, Salatin’s practical, can-do solutions and passionate soliloquies for sustainability offer everyone food for thought and plans for action.

The Plague of Free Money Is Spreading

The Plague of Free Money Is Spreading

A free-money mania has invaded our culture like the plague, infecting our psyche with a “something for nothing” mentality.


6 Investments in a Post-Pandemic World

6 Investments in a Post-Pandemic World

Interest in backyard gardens, chickens and domestic culinary arts is surging these days.

So what do these trends say for where we should be investing our time, money and energy?


Three Powerful Trends of a New America

Three Powerful Trends of a New America

Many forecasters are looking into their crystal balls these days. While Joel never tries to predict the future, he sees clear trend lines that show where America is headed.


How Big Food Wins… and We Lose

How Big Food Wins… and We Lose

Exercising choice should be fairly easy.

But the institutional food world is hog-tied by bureaucracy, logistics… and kickbacks. And that means we’re the ones who pay the price.


The Bright Side of the Ongoing Supply Shortage

The Bright Side of the Ongoing Supply Shortage

COVID-19 revealed the hiccups in what we thought were smooth-running systems. Supply shortages are now rampant.

But while they are irritating and frustrating… there is good news…


Retirement’s Hidden Cost

Retirement’s Hidden Cost

This hidden cost of retirement has Joel worried the most…


What I Told Washington Our Food System Needs

What I Told Washington Our Food System Needs

The folks in Washington called Joel for advice… These are the four things he told them.


Why We Need a New Declaration of Independence

Why We Need a New Declaration of Independence

We’ve lost the right to do it ourselves… and that means we have so much more to lose.


A Battle I Chose to Lose

A Battle I Chose to Lose

When you make a living thinking and doing things differently, sometimes you have to lose the battle to win the war over freedom of choice.


The Free Market Opens Doors to Local Food

The Free Market Opens Doors to Local Food

While the coronavirus exposed weakness in our food system… it also revealed something far greater… That it’s possible to stay connected to a vibrant food culture no matter where you live… thanks to the free market.