Joel Salatin's carbonaceous diaper method provides an alternative to stinky, smelly animal confinement. It provides animals with safe, comfortable winter housing while generating compost to be used in the spring as a highly-effective fertilizer.

With this approach, you’re using the housed animals as an economic engine to drive both the ecology in your soil and the economy of your production model.

There are many benefits of this revolutionary approach, including:

  • Healthier, happier animals that are safe and comfortable during winter months.
  • Virtually odor-free animal housing.
  • Significantly improved soil fertility.
  • Thousands of dollars are saved on fertilizer each year.

Introducing the Carbonaceous Diaper Course

Lunatic farmer Joel Salatin shares the insight he's gained through more than 60 years of farming. He'll walk you step-by-step through the process of generating valuable compost with this simple winter housing method.

This course will more than pay for itself with the money you'll save on fertilizer next spring.

The Carbonaceous Diaper course includes:

  • 18 video sessions
  • 4 hours of video
  • Downloadable PDF transcripts for each video lesson
  • Homework PDFs for each lesson that guide you through the essential steps
  • Expert insight from an award-winning farmer


Save Thousands on Fertilizer


If you’ve ever wondered how you can reduce fertilizer costs or how you can build soil fertility without buying a bunch of fertilizer, the carbonaceous diaper course answers this from an economic and ecological standpoint. 

You'll generate your own fertilizer with carbon produced on the farm. And you'll have compost that uses animals to actually do the turning.

It’s a revolutionary approach to generating fertility on your own farm to service your soil needs.

Purchase Foundations of Farming & Homesteading, and you'll get access to ALL of our courses, including this one. (You'll also get access to all courses we release in the future at no additional cost!)

Joel Salatin

About Joel Salatin


Joel Salatin calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer.

Others 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 bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate.

With a room full of debate trophies from high school and college days, 12 published books, and a thriving multi-generational 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 addressing CEOs in a Wall Street business conference.

On his family farm in the Shenandoah Valley, Polyface Farms, Joel produces meat he describes as "beyond organic", which are raised using what the farm describes as environmentally responsible, ecologically beneficial, sustainable agriculture.

Joel has been featured in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Ominvore’s Dillemma, Food Inc. and many others.


"He's not going back to the old model. There's nothing in county extension or old-fashioned ag science that really informs him. He is just looking totally afresh at how to maximize production in an integrated system on a holistic farm. He's just totally innovative."

- Author Jo Robinson

"In the carbonaceous diaper course, we examine some of the most unique aspects of Polyface Farm, and a big part of why we've been successful. It’s all about leveraging the material generated in the manure and urine throughout the winter, creating animal comfort, and actually building soil using the wintertime as a catalyst for summer productivity." 


- Joel Salatin

What Others Are Saying


"In all my years of homesteading, I have never seen anything like Joel Salatin’s Farm Like a Lunatic series!

"From conferences, to YouTube videos, to magazine articles, there are many resources out there to learn various aspects of homesteading, but most fail to address the more serious and less-talked-about issues of homesteading. Yet Joel tackles these common issues in this series. He covers topics like: how to manage finances, interpersonal relationships, increasing farm profitability, how to design a landscape, and so much more.  

"I only wish that this series was available when I first started homesteading. Foundations in Farming and Homesteading can save you thousands of dollars, as well as can save you a countless amount of time and energy."

- Mike Dickson (The Fit Farmer)


Mike the Fit Farmer
John Chester

"Since we started Apricot Lane Farms a decade ago, Joel Salatin’s innovative and inspiring philosophy has deeply influenced the way we see our own farm. From soil building and grazing strategies to modeling how to sell your product, he’s a “nose to tail” farming system resource.

His new online course “Farm Like A Lunatic” is a treasure trove of practical knowledge for aspiring farmers. He’s especially good for those interested in understanding unique methods of farming that regenerate both the land of the farm and the spirit of the farmer.

I wish a course like this existed when we started Apricot Lane Farms. Anyone who has a fantasy to farm but isn’t quite sure which steps to take to make it to reality should consider this course."

- John Chester, creator of The Biggest Little Farm




This course is closed for enrollment.