Polyface Real Farm Experience

Now to introduce you to the Polyface Real Farm Experience Team. First, let me explain how this program works. We accept 6 individuals per season and they make a commitment to be with us from June 1st to September 30th. They work with us 5 days per week and take turns working one weekend per month.

They learn and do everything that we do. The slogan for this experience is “Spend a summer with us and leave years ahead” and it’s true. Mostly we focus on the broilers with this group. They learn everything from staring the chicks, to building the pens, to processing the finished broiler and marketing to the customer. However, they do learn snatches of cow moves, pig operation, turkeys, rabbits, gardening and everything else that goes on around here.

For food: We provide meat out of the Polyface supply for their meals and once per week (usually it’s been Saturday evenings) we grill out with everyone together. Right now they are taking turns one night per week eating dinner with the Salatin families – either at Joel & Teresa’s or at Daniel & Sheri’s, depending on where the apprentices and Matt are that evening).

This year we have 4 guys and 2 girls. This is the first year that we have been able to have girls – mostly do to lack of adequate housing in the past. This year we were able to secure an apartment in Middlebrook (about 5 minutes away) for the girls to stay in. The guys stay in a mobile-classroom-turned-bunkhouse which we all call “the Roost”, complete with a small kitchen, bathroom and bunk beds.

Now to introduce the girls:
(Picture – Cutting up broilers – Katrina on the left, Amanda on the right)

Amanda Henderson is from Detroit area, Michigan. Before she came here, she was in the peace corps for 2 1/2 years working on a rural well drilling project in Bolivia. She came to us looking for a career change. When I asked her what her favorite job is here at the farm, she said that she loves it all. She likes the different variety of jobs that Polyface has to offer.

Katrina Fowler comes from Dallas, Texas. She just graduated from NYU with a degree in Nutrition. She loves to bake and read for fun. And the only job that she doesn’t like here at the farm is cleaning the broiler totes after processing. :o)

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About Sheri Salatin

Sheri is married to Daniel Salatin. She is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and is enjoying working the land along side her husband. When not farming, Sheri can be found reading, writing, sewing, baking and serving in her church family.

3 Responses to Polyface Real Farm Experience

  1. Monette says:

    What a wonderful opportunity, makes me want to take leave from my desk job and apply.

    Great farm, great food.

    (The link on the page for the experience doesn’t work.)

  2. Sheri says:

    Ahh, thanks for noticing that the link wasn’t working. I had a few too many letters in there. I have fixed it now, so you’re good to go!

  3. Johnny Yacono aka Johnny Flash says:

    humm after reading a little more, kinda think maybe I wrote to you to soon, Christians tend to want to convert you. and do not have respect for the individual. I can not sit at a table that prays either, I find that hypocritical. for what is on the table was provide by hard work of human’s, and nature. I am an honest person I can not lie or be a complacent to a situation that I am not comfortable with. a religious God fearing camp is counter productive to man kind. I have studied religion and is why I have come to the belief there is no God. this is my thoughts and although they are I respect yours as long as it does not impose on my humanity. I strongly believe that the POPE and the Bishops need to be brought before a world court for crimes against humanity, for the molesting and beating of children. and covering that up. sorry this is the truth I see. I was so hoping it was not that at your farm but I feel or sense that it is. thank yo for your understanding. Johnny Yacono