Pork is the world's #1 most consumed meat. In this series, we’re going to offer a pastured pork farming model that will be a piggy bank for you to generate more farm income and create a profitable legacy for you and your family.
We’re going to show everything from breeds, to infrastructure, herding, handling, sorting, pasture design, alternative feeds -- all the different elements in pastured pork production so that you can step into this with confidence. You'll have a reduced risk, a higher success rate, and you can join those of us who have found profitability while providing customers with the delight of enjoying pastured pork.
"Let’s just forget all that concrete, all those drugs, all that odor, all that unsightliness that we’ve become familiar with in our conventional western orthodox pork production method. And instead, let’s go out to the green grass, the pasture, the hillsides, some of our marginal farmland, and turn it into highly productive, profitable production elements."
- Joel Salatin
Introducing the Pastured Pigs 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 setting up and running your own successful pastured pig operation.
If you’ve ever dreamed about a generating a full-time income farming, this is a realistic and practical opportunity. We want to help you avoid common pitfalls and achieve success.
The Pastured Pigs course includes:
- 17 video sessions
- More than 3 hours of video
- Downloadable PDF transcripts for each video lesson
- Expert insight from an award-winning farmer
Why Put Pigs on a Pasture?
Our goal is a credible, profitable, commercial-scale operation that’s producing 100 - 1,000 pigs per year (Polyface Farms raises 700-800 per year with this model).
Contrary to what a lot of people assume, we don't put pigs on a pasture to save money on feed or labor. Instead, it reduces capital investment significantly. You can get started with very simple infrastructure. You'll also improve soil and vegetation while producing pork with dense and balanced nutrition.
The pastured pork model provides easy entry for new farmers.
- It decentralizes production and manure. You don’t need to spread the manure or the equipment to do it.
- It reduces pathogens and sickness, as long as the pigs are moved onto fresh ground.
- It makes more succulent and juicy pork due to exercise the pigs get.
This farming model is not a get rich quick scheme. It is very profitable, but it does require some land. (If your land is limited, see our course on Pastured Broilers).
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!)
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
A Credible Alternative to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
"If you’ve ever been disgusted by the typical factory farm pig operation, I think you’d be really interested in this series on pastured pork production.
"Let’s do a 180-degree turnaround to an entirely different paradigm. Instead of being inside, let’s go outside. Instead of confining the pigs to little cubicles, let’s give them a playground. And instead of having a white, flabby, tasteless product, let’s have a rose-colored, iron-rich, nutrient-dense product.
"In this series, we present a way to heal the ecology, honor the pig, and bring the best bacon to your plate that you can imagine."
- 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)
"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
Pastured Pigs Course Curriculum
- 1 - Why Pasture Pigs? (12:07)
- 2 - Phenotype, Not Breeds (9:06)
- 3 - Acquisition - Weaners (8:34)
- 4 - Ration (10:48)
- 5 - Receiving Protocol (10:21)
- 6 - Electric Fence Training (9:24)
- 7 - Moving Pigs (9:03)
- 8.1 - Infrastructure - Part 1 (9:20)
- 8.2 - Infrastructure - Part 2 (9:46)
- 9 - Creating Silvopasture (15:01)
- 10 - Developing a Pig Pasture (12:56)
- 11 - Pig Pasture Principles (16:45)
- 12 - Maintaining Pig Pasture (10:08)
- 13 - Acorn Glens (15:32)
- 14 - Self-Harvested Feeds (10:20)
- 15 - Sorting, Loading & Handling (8:40)
- 16 - Niche Pork (8:33)
- 17 - Economics (10:26)