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Beyond Organic: Polyface Farm, Swoope, Virginia

Beyond Organic: Polyface Farm, Swoope, Virginia

If you're at all interested in food quality, you've probably seen the movie Food, Inc. or read the book The Omnivore's Dilemma. Both feature Polyface Farm, the premier environmentally-friendly farm in rural Swoope, Virginia. The farm is the brainchild of the Salatin family, who bought the dilapidated property back in the early '60s. After much TLC, the family restored the land using "nature as their pattern". With the belief that using the Creator's design is still the best policy for farming, the family has raised some of the healthiest, happiest livestock in the Shanendoah Valley. They do this by making sure their animals have fresh forage every day. Cows, for example, are moved to new forage pastures every day through the creative use of portable electric fencing.