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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Polyface; 1st edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096381091X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963810915
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, arguably the nation's most famous farm since it was profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times bestseller, The Omnivore's Dilemma and two subsequent documentaries, Food, Inc., and Fresh. An accomplished author and public speaker, Salatin has authored seven books. Recognition for his ecological and local-based farming advocacy includes an honorary doctorate, the Heinz Award, and many leadership awards.




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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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This is a great book with a lot of ideas.
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I have never read agricultural books as good as the ones that Salatin has written, and I recommend them to anyone interested in farming naturally.
Darlene
I admire Joel's leadership in this enterprise, his love of learning and teaching alike shows through in his ideals.
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109 of 113 people found the following review helpful By amoseley@csac.com on December 25, 1997
Format: Paperback
Joel Salatin brings optimism and energy to this series of essays on how he raises beef (and other livestock ) on grass for direct market to urban consumers. He reveals his tricks in great detail, such as the egg-mobile, the pig-aerator, electric fencing, the warm winter hay shed, and how to promote the meat. A must for anyone looking for new ideas on raising livestock
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Darlene on December 14, 2007
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I recommend Salad Bar Beef to anyone in the country that wants to produce beef worth eating. Salatin is extremely open and honest about everything he does on his farm, and is very passionate about green farming.

This book does not contain simple homesteading information; it is a manual on how to maximize profits, production, and soil fertility, while decreasing disease and stress(both cattle stress and farmer stress). When I said it does not contain "simple homesteading information", I did not mean that this book is complicated. Salad Bar Beef is actually one of the easiest agricultural books to comprehend.

Although easy to comprehend, you can not by any means read this book with a conventional mind. Pretend you do not know anything, and carefully consider Salatin's points.

If you begin reading this book and get the feeling that Salatin is strong in the way he presents his points, that's because he is. Many do not like being convicted, but the truth is, if you're never convicted, you never learn. Salatin makes his views clearly seen in his books, and every one of them are good and practical. Personally, I do not like reading a book in which the author is weak in his presentation of views.

I have never read agricultural books as good as the ones that Salatin has written, and I recommend them to anyone interested in farming naturally. The books are high-priced, but worth double that. Before long I will raise poultry and cattle using Salatin's methods, using Salad Bar Beef as a manual. Too bad I can't give Salad Bar Beef six or seven stars.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ryan D. Marquardt on September 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book starts with the framework for grass finished cattle production, then looks at day to day operation, followed by some more detailed points and problem shooting, before closing with marketing. This is a great guide and an enjoyable read. I liked it better than Pastured Poultry, but both are great books for those interested in the future of the farm buisness.

Ryan
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Havemann on August 7, 2008
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If you are like my family and want to step away from the agri-business model of farming then this book is a great resource. Some parts are a little complicated as far as his method for tracking yields, but once you get the hang of it, it is quite an effective tracking method. Keep in mind...he won't tell you what kind of grasses to grow. Which I think is great, because you need to grow what is native to your area, not his.

These books are not just a great resource for raising salad bar beef, but also for marketing this unique product. That alone makes these books well worth the money.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Janet L. Weddle on October 21, 2009
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Joel Salatin has affected so many people who want to raise clean food. Almost every book or web site that wants to restore agriculture to its natural fertility cites Joel's ideas. Much of what he has tried is specific to the conditions on his Virginia farm, but he is so inspiring that you can follow his example to find out what works on your farm, to innovate, and to look to Nature for the answers to your problems.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike Milligan on August 4, 2008
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If it wasn't for bureaucrats farming with this method would be absolute heaven! This is an absolute essential read for anyone wanting to raise beef cattle. If your interested in creating a grass based business I would recommend reading "You can Farm" First!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kyle B. on October 22, 2008
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This is the single best reference for pasture-raised beef. Joel is an original thinker. Learn how to work with nature, minimize expenses and maximize profits and keep it healthy. About the only things that could have been stronger are more specifics on using movable hot fencing and plant management (over-seeding, how specific grasses and herbs work together). For this information, I recommend "American GrazingLands Services" run by Dr Gerrish of May, Idaho. From Joel, you will also learn how the farming economy is rigged and why it so difficult to make a living at farming. He is full of good ideas on possible helps and end-runs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Krivor on April 7, 2009
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Joel Salatin is the 'guru' of environmental farming. His ideas have been well developed and tested in his own 500 acre operation. Salad Bar Beef is an excellent read about making a profit from a small cattle herd.
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