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Introducing Keynote Speaker:

Joel Salatin

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Balanced Dukes is pleased to announce Joel Salatin as the featured keynote speaker for the Work-Life Balance Conference. Joel is a renowned author, lecturer, and third generation farmer on his family's Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Featured in Michael Pollan's New York Times bestseller, Omnivore's Dilemma, and in the awardwinning documentaries Food, Inc. and Fresh, Polyface Farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets, and a farmers' market with salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, and forestry products. When he's not on the road speaking, Salatin is at home on the farm, keeping the callouses on his hands and dirt under his fingernails, mentoring young people, inspiring visitors, and promoting local, regenerative food and farming systems.

Salatin has authored nine books including Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World and The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer. He also writes The Pastoralist column for Stockman Grass Farmer, granddaddy catalyst for the grass farming movement, and the Pitchfork Pulpit column for Mother Earth News, as well as numerous guest articles for ACRES USA and other publications. A frequent guest on radio programs and podcasts targeting farmers, homesteaders, and foodies, Salatin's practical, can-do solutions tied to passionate soliloquies for sustainability offer everyone food for thought and plans for action.

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