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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Vision Forum (September 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933431903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933431901
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About Joel
Joel F. Salatin (born 1957) is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef.

Salatin raises livestock using holistic methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Meat from the farm is sold by direct-marketing to
consumers and restaurants.

In high school, Salatin began his own business selling rabbits, eggs, butter and chicken from his family farm at the Staunton Curb Market. He then attended Bob Jones University where he majored in English and was a student leader. He graduated in 1979. Salatin married his childhood sweetheart in 1980 and became a feature writer at the Staunton,
Virginia newspaper, The News Leader, where he had worked earlier typing obituaries and police reports.

Tired of "having his stories spiked," he decided to try farming full-time after first getting involved in a walnut-buying station run by two high school boys. Salatin's grandfather had been an avid gardener and beekeeper and a follower of J. I. Rodale, the founder of regenerative organic gardening. Salatin's father worked as an accountant and his mother taught high school physical education. Salatin's parents had bought the land that became Polyface after losing a farm in Venezuela to political turmoil. They had raised cattle using organic methods, but could not make a living at farming alone.

Salatin, a self-described "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-Farmer" produces high-quality "beyond organic" meats, which are raised using environmentally responsible, ecologically beneficial, sustainable agriculture. Jo Robinson, the author of Pasture Perfect: The Far-Reaching Benefits of Choosing Meat, Eggs and Dairy Products From Grass-Fed Animals (2004) said of Salatin, "He's not going back to the old model. There's nothing in county extension or old-fashioned ag science that really informs him. He is just looking totally afresh at how to maximize production in an integrated system on a holistic farm. He's just totally innovative."

Salatin considers his farming a ministry, and he condemns the negative impact on his livelihood and lifestyle of what he considers an increasingly regulatory approach taken by the agencies of the United States government toward farming. Salatin now spends a hundred days a year lecturing at colleges and to environmental groups.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Kent on October 4, 2011
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Very good for the whole family to listen to. Convicting in some areas and gave practical advice for improvement. I would recommend this to all my friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Al F on April 26, 2013
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Joel Salatin is an "out of the box" kind of person. He introduces parents to a variety of ideas - including the reward for accomplishment instead of just activity (and all in a very positive way). This is the model we advocate in our business and so it quickly resonates for me to hear the application in parenting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Excelsior on March 5, 2012
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I have had the pleasure of reading most of Joel Salatin's books and now the opportunity to listen to two of his CDs on farming. If you are interested in farming you will find Joel informative, funny, and family friendly. Joel helps you to think out of the box on ways to turn farming into a fun and profitable way to live. In this CD Joel gives us advice not only about farming but about raising our families in a responsible and self sufficient manner. Getting Your Hands Dirty: How to Teach Your Children to Love Work
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Joel has good advice for how to get the kids to really take ownership in their own successful work. Specifically geared toward farming but can be applied to other lifestyles. Good deal.
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