American farming identity to speak in Byron Bay

HOLISTIC American farming identity Joel Salatin will visit Byron Bay to conduct classes next month.

But Mr Salatin's You Can Farm masterclass is selling out fast, with host Regenag, a regenerative farming company, expecting a full house at the session on March 1.

Mr Salatin is the author of nine popular books, including Folks - This Ain't Normal, You Can Farm, and Salad Bar Beef.

He is arguably one of the world's best farmers, according to Regenag.

Regenag's co-founder and director, Kym Kruse, said the talk would be engaging for anyone with even a passing interest in agriculture.

"Farmers are doing it tougher than they ever have before with rising input costs, declining fertility and market price pressure from supermarkets, not to mention the increase of extreme weather events, the wider impacts of climate change or the fact that most farmers are over 60 years old," he said.

"How are we going to feed our country in the future if we don't address these challenges?

"This is a timely opportunity to catapult regional conversations forward on how we support and grow our local family farming economy, how we link our farmers with consumers and how young people can get started in farming."

Mr Salatin's Polyface Farm in Virginia sells pastured beef, pork, poultry and rabbits directly to more than 4000 American families, 50 restaurants and 10 retail outlets, generating about $10,000 per 0.4 hectares.

"The You Can Farm masterclass is about explaining the intricate nuts and bolts of how Joel's enterprise works, helping other farmers realise their potential," Mr Kruse said.

Mr Salatin will also host a small, personal mentoring day at the Byron farm, but it is sold out.


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