2018 Conference Archives

Bringing Back the American Small Farm Conference

Joel Salatin brings "Polyface You" to West Plains! This is a two-part conference with "PolyFace You" kicking off the first morning. Tickets are exclusive for the "PolyFace You" segment - seating is limited. See agenda for full conference information for all workshops and speakers including Beginning Farmer Certification Program! Thursday after the workshops end we will have a Meet and Greet with Joel, Daniel, Sheri, Hank and other speakers. A great way to network! (catered lunch included both days for full conference ticket, lunch day two only for general ticket purchase)

Join us for a conference sharing instruction on how to contribute to your regional food supply using whatever land resources are available to you. ​Whether that's a backyard garden area or 100 acres, get the information you need to start producing local foods your way.​ Active Military & Veterans discount; save $25 each for both you and your spouse. 

Featuring 4-part Workshop Emotionally, Economically and Environmentally Enhancing Agriculture

Get ready for a workshop filled with the wisdom and humor of the outrageous and outspoken Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. Get an in-depth introduction to Polyface Farms and philosophy, strategies for success, and share in Joel’s vision for an ideal farm-to-consumer food. (see agenda for topics)

Nationally Known Speakers 
  • Joel Salatin, is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas. Read More

  • Daniel Salatin is the son of Joel Salatin, innovative farmer, writer and speaker. As the third generation on Polyface farm in Swoope, Virginia, he has grown up in the family business. 

  • Sheri Salatin is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and enjoys working the land alongside her husband, Daniel.

  • Patrick Byers is Regional Horticulture Specialist with the Webster County office of University of Missouri Extension, serving 9 counties in southwest Missouri. His educational background includes degrees from the University of Nebraska, University of Missouri, and University of Arkansas, all in horticulture. Job experience includes 3 years at the UA Fruit Substation, 18 years as Fruit Grower Advisor at the MSU State Fruit Experiment Station, and 9 years in his present position. Current job responsibilities include advisement to fruit and vegetable farmers, soil test evaluation, pest identification and management, and research into innovative ways to achieve profitability. A native of Nebraska, Patrick and his family reside on a farm near Fordland, Missouri, where they raise elderberries and plan to install a high tunnel. Patrick has a passion for unusual fruits and vegetables.

  • Hank Will (Oscar H. Will III) is a business leader, academic and agricultural practitioner devoted to conservation and small scale, sustainable agriculture. He is currently the editorial director at Ogden Publications in Topeka Kansas, publisher of titles such as GRIT, Capper’s Farmer, Mother Earth News, Farm Collector and many other print and digital properties.