Fields of Farmers | How it Works – Nuts & Bolts

Cover--Fields of FarmersThe internship at Polyface runs from June 1st to September 30th. No exceptions. We don’t offer delays, deletions, or extensions. The reason is simple: we spend the first week in hardcore orientation, and we can’t afford to do it twice. Everybody must show up the first day of practice.

It’s all in. 100% here or not at all. The only exception to not being here the whole time is funerals (and weddings of close family members).

Over the years, we’ve compiled a list of house rules. Different farms will have different house rules, but a program without any is doomed to failure because expectations are never defined. Silent expectations destroy relationships.

Isn’t that the truth? I would dare to venture that expectations that aren’t met is quite possibly one of the number one reasons internships fail. What do you think?

Joel goes on to list the rules that we have made over the course of many years. I’m not going to list them here, because I really think you should buy the book if you’re interested in them. 😉

Anybody have anything to add to these?

We have 16 on our list, which ones would you keep? Which ones would you throw out?

Yes, I’m sure you can imagine the stories that go along with some of these. Indeed they were all made because of something. And some of these stories are very interesting, but I think I’ll leave it at that for now.


This chapter closes out with perks. The little extras that we put into the internship program. What is something extra that you have to offer?

Well, I’m going to leave it here this week.

Let’s take a quick poll: Are you all wanting to continue with this book? Are we going to slowly?

Should we move along a little faster? Do you have any questions that you want formally asked?

I certainly don’t want to bore you all, but if you’re interested we’ll certainly continue on.

Please pipe in! Your comments will keep me going!! 🙂

Until next time,

Happy Friday!

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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 Fields of Farmers | How it Works – Nuts & Bolts

  1. Sara says:

    I am enjoying reading the book, and your blog posts! Thank you!

  2. Kristin says:

    I would like to see that list of rules…maybe I’ll get to read the book sometime!

  3. Janeen says:

    I bought and read the book as soon as it came out (pre-ordered it) and just laughed and laughed …because so many of the stories (and consequently the rules that need to be spelled out) had happened to us. “Body odour is unacceptable. Water is free and soap is cheap”! Until you’ve experienced a person who does not get this, you have NO IDEA how much it amplifies all other frustrating things about a person!

    I can’t thank Joel enough for writing this book. Unspoken expectations are a killer, even though you can’t fathom how some things shouldn’t be painfully obvious. I’m looking forward to wonderful intern year this year because what I’ve learned.