The Thistle

Watch Interviews with Farmer and Food Advocate Joel Salatin and Others

by Jackie Fogas


We recently had an opportunity to talk with popular farmer, lecturer, and author Joel Salatin, who was in town to speak at a home educators’ conference. Joel and his “family-owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm,” Polyface, in Virginia gained widespread recognition through author Michael Pollan’s 2006 book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the documentary films Food, Inc. and Fresh. Salatin, a thoughtful and innovative farmer, discussed with us how bearing God’s image in God’s world impacts the way we grow, buy, and eat food.

We were grateful as well for the hospitality of St. Louis restaurateur Jimmy Fiala (owner of Acero and The Crossing), who hosted a breakfast for Salatin and other friends of the Seminary. Guests included Covenant graduates chef John Perkins (MDiv ‘09) and Garrett Adkins (MDiv ‘13), a server at The Crossing, and others influenced by Salatin. Fiala, Perkins, and Adkins shared their thoughts in video interviews that are now available online. Check out the links below to watch!


Interview with Joel Salatin

Interview with Jimmy Fiala

Interview with John Perkins

Interview with Garrett Adkins