Polyface Intensive Discovery Seminars

We’re right in the middle of them. Monday and Tuesday marked our first of three this year.

The next one is coming up this Monday and Tuesday and the final one is on Thursday and Friday Friday and Saturday of next week. From the staff point of view, this is lots of hosting, baking and cleaning. πŸ™‚

We’ve been preparing for the Polyface Intensive Discovery Seminars (PIDS) for months. Brie heads the cooking with help from Teresa and myself, as well as Grandma Salatin and Aunt Donna (Joel’s sister-in-law).

Here I am in the middle of baking cookies for our yummy lunches. πŸ™‚ Who doesn’t love homemade Chocolate Chip cookies? or Oatmeal Cranberry? or Maple Ginger Snaps?



And it never seems to fail. Don’t you know that canning season comes right in the middle of these thing too? Last week, Miriam, Hannah and I put up 37 quarts of green beans.





And of course, don’t forget the fresh homemade bread.


These are days when multi-tasking is a must, not optional.

From the attendees point of view. They will learn a whole list of things. We say “intensive discovery” for a reason. I’ve never seen a single person leave a PIDS without their eyes glazed over from the amount of knowledge they gain at one of these seminars. It’s like trying to drink from a fire hydrant. Epiphanies are quite normal. πŸ™‚

This video was taken by one of the attendees a couple of summers ago.

Here a quick glance at some of things we go over:

  • Poultry Processing
  • Rabbit Processing
  • Pastured Broilers
  • The Farmer Built Home
  • Pastured Turkeys
  • Brooder
  • Rental Farm Tour
  • Subcontracting
  • Eggmobile
  • Stacking enterprises
  • Fencing, water
  • Mob stocking
  • Pastured Pigs
  • Rabbits and Harepen design
  • Hoophouses
  • Horticulture
  • Broiler Cut-up
  • Nuts and Bolts of Apprentice/Intern Program
  • How to start
  • Grass Dairying
  • Relationship Marketing

And that’s just Day ONE!! You’ll have to come to find out what day two holds πŸ˜‰ Seriously, though that is just day one and the second day goes onto to even more topics. They are packed full of ideas, how-to, hands-on and answered questions.

We’ve been doing these for over 10 years. They are lots of work to host, but even more fun. I love meeting the people. It’s my favorite part. Hearing their life stories and their goals. Plans for the next generation on their farm or what steps they are taking to start. Every person comes with something different and we’re so honored to have them spend part of their time and plan with us!

So if you don’t hear from me next week. This is where I’ll be.

Oh, I almost forgot!!

The Hen House farmchicks are launching an Etsy Store (just for fun). We have a soft launch open right now with only a couple of items. As the season turns to fall and starts slowing down, I’m sure we’ll offer some offer fun things. In the meantime, come check us out!!

Farmchick Boutique

Until next time,


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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.
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13 Responses to Polyface Intensive Discovery Seminars

  1. Jennie says:

    Where is that bread recipe, it looks amazing! So the bread isn’t for winter, why so many loafs? or do you have a storage secret? Looks amazing!

    • Sheri Salatin says:

      The bread is for serving to our guests during the seminars. I’ll have to share the recipe sometime. It requires a grain mill. Do you have one?

  2. Alecia says:

    Do you need to pre-register to attend this event or can you just show up? Where can I find out more? I’m in California.

  3. agchristman says:

    I will be at the seminar next Friday. Is it possible for me to buy some of the soap that is on the etsy site while I am there at the farm?

  4. Sheri! So cool. I love all the things you are doing. It reminds me of Henry Ford and his offerings at Greenfield Village. All of it focuses on living history, but there are so many different things going on, it’s amazing to think of. There is a working farm, a nature preserve, a charter school on site, restaurants, rides (carousel, Model T’s, horse drawn buggies, trains, etc.), and tons more. It sounds like your amazing place! Keep up the hard, busy and wonderful work!

  5. Very cool — you have been so busy!!! Hope things calm down soon πŸ™‚

  6. It was a great day when I found this in my jungle of tomato plants late last week! Now you finish the sentence! I want to hear about your great day this past week!

  7. Jay Parks says:

    I ate some of those cookies! They are better in your hand than the picture shows! If you get a chance to go to this seminar, do it! We loved and and learned so much. They put on a great event and treat you like family.

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