Joel Salatin Outspoken grass-based farmer/author
“I met Montana Jones in Canada when her ordeal with the authorities over her heritage sheep was still unresolved. Her spirit and enthusiasm for farming and integrity food were palpable and I wrote a letter to the authorities on her behalf, but to no avail.
Since then, her tireless efforts to save her sheep from extermination have fueled a deep commitment to help others in the same predicament. Her savvy and persistence in that early effort are a wonderful addition to the integrity food and farming movement.
For those who don’t know, an orthodoxy exists in our culture regarding proper food and farming. Those who dare to question the orthodoxy join the ranks of heretics. Mountain Dew is safer than raw milk. Chicken bathed in chlorine is safer than backyard processing. Annuals are more important than perennials. This is the orthodoxy. If we are ever going to create a food system that builds soil, protects water, and cleans the air, it will require heretics who have faced down the inquisition and lived to tell the tale.
This is not innuendo or overstatement. The crucible of difficulty creates clarity and burnishes passion like no other experience. Montana Jones has proven her mettle and brings that to journalistic opportunity. Unleashing her on the dysfunctional foodscape would be an asset to our world. The depth and breadth of her life experience engender a discernment that bright-eyed unproven counterparts do not possess.
I would love to see her communication skills bring a better voice to food and farm integrity. We don’t need more chattering voices; we need more focused righteous voices. Montana Jones is one.”
Farmer and author Joel Salatin is a hero of the new local food movement, who is celebrated for his innovative, pasture-based natural farming methods and admired for his explicit expression of the appalling practices used in the industrial food business.
He holds a BA degree in English and writes extensively in magazines such as STOCKMAN GRASS FARMER, ACRES USA, and FOODSHED. The family’s farm, Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”) has been featured in SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, GOURMET and countless other radio, television and print media. Profiled on the Lives of the 21st Century series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News, his after-broadcast chat room fielded more hits than any other segment to date. It achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA by food writer guru Michael Pollan and the award-winning film documentary, FOOD INC. He has also appeared in the movie FRESH and is featured in the 2015 film POLYFACES.
He has authored nine books, five of them how-to types:
- PASTURED POULTRY PROFITS: Net $25,000 in 6 months on 20 Acres
- SALAD BAR BEEF
- YOU CAN FARM: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farming Enterprise
- FAMILY FRIENDLY FARMING: A Multi-Generational Home-Based Business Testament
- HOLY COWS AND HOG HEAVEN: The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm Friendly Food, is an attempt to bring producers and patrons together in mutual understanding and appreciation
- EVERYTHING I WANT TO DO IS ILLEGAL: War stories from the local food front.
- THE SHEER ECSTASY OF BEING A LUNATIC FARMER
- FOLKS, THIS AIN’T NORMAL: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
- FIELDS OF FARMERS: Interning, Mentoring, Starting, Continuing