22.1 C
Byron Shire
December 7, 2021

‘World’s best farmer’ headed our way

Latest News

Comment: the peace and joy of Christmas

Christmas has always been a special time, and it holds some wonderful memories of early years, when youthful exuberance shaped my world, and it’s a time remembered for the happiness of family gatherings and the sound of kids waking early to see what Santa had delivered. 

Other News

Where is agriculture going in the Northern Rivers?

As the climate emergency bites, and the population grows, farmers are becoming more innovative than ever. The passion and imagination of the Northern Rivers agricultural sector makes this a place to watch.


I wanted to give credit where it is due and thank the editor for the preferences article, which I...

Former Byron Mayor talks about the ‘Green challenge’

It’s not easy being green, it never has been, but we are proud of our long-term commitment to Greens...

James McKenzie runs for Tweed Shire Council

James McKenzie is running as an ungrouped candidate running in the upcoming Tweed Council election and is from Eungella.

Evidence-based claims on Dunoon Dam

Why is it that all I hear from the pro-dammers is: ‘Save Our Dam’, ‘Build the dam’ or some...

Response to Ian Cohen and Paul Jones

I am proud to be running as Labor’s mayoral candidate for Byron Shire, with a great team that comes...

Joel Salatin. Photo supplied
Joel Salatin. Photo supplied

The man Time magazine called the ‘World’s Best Farmer’ is coming the Farm, in Ewingsdale next month for a sold-out presentation about his farming success story.

Joel Salatin is a third generation farmer whose multigenerational family enterprise owns and operates Polyface Farm, in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Next month he is coming to The Farm, in Ewingsdale, to expound the methods that saw his family convert their once eroded and worn out property into America’s premier non-industrial food production oasis, from which his family pastured beef, pork, poultry and rabbits to more than 4,000 private customers, 50 restaurants, and 10 retail outlets generating some $10,000 per acre income per year.

Joel is also the author of nine books including the best seller Folks, this Aint Normal, has contributed to many magazines and to the award-winning documentary, Food Inc.

Joel’s methods are reproducible and sustainable and his current Australian tour is designed to do just that.

A small-group mentoring program with Joel at The Farm on March 2 has already sold out but limited places are available for his March 1 presentation, You Can Farm: the entrepreneur’s guide to start and succeed in a farming enterprise.

Joel’s book You Can Farm has been an inspiring catalyst for many farmers and farming entrepreneurs in Australia looking for new ways to farm that regenerate the soil, feed the community and grow a prosperous farming and localised food future.

His hands-on presentation at The Farm will include cover topics such as: Getting Started – The do’s and don’ts of starting a farm from scratch; Designing for Fertility – Everything from passive fed stock water to integrated nutrient cycling and pest control; Scaling Up – Joel will delve into the detail of how to scale up with emotional, economic, and environmental integrity and the specific techniques required; and The Business End – For the young farming entrepreneur, seasoned farmer and clean food advocates alike.

For more information or to book your space for a fascinating and hugely informative day with Joel, go to

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

True non-partisan leadership of Ballina Shire Council over

A reign of non-partisan leadership in the Ballina Shire may well be over, with conservative independent Sharon Cadwallader leading the mayoral vote tally by lunchtime Tuesday.

Call for feedback on new Lismore skate park plan

Lismore City Council is calling on local skaters to provide insight into the design of a potentially new skatepark in the Lismore CBD.

Dad’s army called to arms as hospitality staffing crisis worsens

So dire has the shortage of hospitality staff in Northern NSW become, that the local chapter of the NSW business chamber is calling on retired workers to dust off their aprons and help out.

Public school teachers across the region to strike today

Hundreds of public school teachers and principals across the Northern Rivers will strike today )(Tuesday December 7) over what they say is the Government’s failure to address unsustainable workloads and uncompetitive salaries which are contributing to growing shortages of teachers.