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Mother Earth News Institute: Finding Your Farm Tipping Point

Mother Earth News Institute: Finding Your Farm Tipping Point

Seven Springs Mountain Resort will host the next MOTHER EARTH NEWS INSTITUTE on Finding Your Farm Tipping Point. Join Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms for an intensive four-day retreat beginning Thursday, November 10, 2016. This one-of-a-kind experience is designed specifically for the family farm that strives to be a successful full-time business. This program doesn’t just focus on the business of farming, but also the inherent nuances of a family operation that impacts all people involved both financially and emotionally. Finding Your Farm Tipping Point is limited in attendance to maximize personal attention.

Link to registration information

Mother Earth News Institute Schedule

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Mother Earth News Institute: Finding Your Farm Tipping Point event will kick off Thursday evening at 6 p.m. with a welcome reception and fresh farm-to-table dinner that includes local meats and vegetables, artisan baked breads, wine pairings and more! There will be an introduction of Pennies, Plans and People, the Life Goals, Functional Strategy and Personal Synchronicity as well as what’s to come over the extended weekend.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Pennies and People: Family and Beyond

  • – 8 a.m. | Breakfast
  • – 9 a.m. | Working with Family: You, Strengths and Weaknesses; Spouses and Partners; Children, Empowering and Inspiring
  • – 11 a.m. | Workshop | Beyond Family: Partnerships, Informal and Formal; Memorandums of Understanding; Shared Risk, Entrepreneurship.
  • – 12 p.m. | Lunch
  • – 1 p.m. | Finances: Capital; Cash Flow; Accounting, categories, tracking and margins
  • – 4 p.m. | Location: Climate; Demographics
  • – 5 p.m. | Dinner on your own

Saturday, November 12, 2016


  • – 8 a.m. | Breakfast
  • – 9 a.m. | Overview: Mobile; Modular; Management-Intensive
  • – 11 a.m. | Farmstead: Access; Water; Control: Fencing; Buildings
  • – 12 p.m. | Lunch

Marketing: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

  • – 1 p.m. | Principals: Diversity; 80/20 Rule; Targeting Your Customer; Turnover: Everyman Products; Four-Legged Stool, Production, Processing, Distribution, Marketing
  • – 3 p.m. | Types: On-Farm; Farmer’s Market; Community Supported Agriculture; Restaurants; Electronic Aggregators; Metropolitan Buying Clubs
  • – 6 p.m. | Dinner and Certificate Presentation

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Putting It All Together

  • – 8 a.m. | Breakfast
  • – 9 a.m. | Virtual Tour of Polyface: Building and Land Development; Livestock; Marketing; Fiefdoms
  • – 10 a.m. | Monitoring Performance Through Time and Motion: How to Measure; Allocating Value; Establishing Benchmarks
  • – 11 a.m. | Economics of Scale: Markets; Infrastructure; Personnel
  • – 12 p.m. | Adjourn

Schedule and presenters are subject to change.

Mother Earth News Institute – Finding Your Farm Tipping Point: Tuition Package

$1065 per person, based on single occupancy

$1476 per couple, based on double occupancy

Available Thursday, November 10 through Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tuition Includes:

  • – Thursday Welcome Reception and Dinner
  • – Four Days of Workshops
  • – Three Nights of Lodging
  • – Breakfast Each Morning
  • – Lunch on Two Days
  • – Saturday Graduation Reception and Dinner

Mother Earth News Institute: Finding Your Farm Tipping Point




Per Couple



Hotel rates are per person or couple. Single rate is starting at $1065 and per couple rate is starting at $1475.82 per room, inclusive of taxes and gratuity. Additional cost per person when more than two people are in a room. Max room occupancy is set to four guests. Price and availability are subject to change. Advanced reservations are required. Package cannot be combined with any additional discounts, coupons offer or contracted rate. Restrictions apply. This package is not available for condo reservations.

Mother Earth News Institute Information

For information about the program agenda, including any questions about the schedule,
please visit motherearthnewsinstitute.com, call 1-800-234-3368, Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. (central time) or email us.

Mother Earth News Institute Speaker

Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin is a third-generation, beyond organic farmer and author whose family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The farm produces salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, and forage-based rabbits, and direct markets everything to 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, and 10 retail outlets.

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