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The Accidental Farmers [Kindle Edition]

T. Young
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Book Description

When a suburban couple decided to leave their comfortable life and become first-time farmers in rural Georgia, they embarked on a journey that would change their lives. The Accidental Farmers reveals how the couple learned that hamburgers, bacon, and eggs don't come from the supermarket but from real animals that forge emotional bonds with their human caretakers. Seeking a middle path between a meatless lifestyle and the barbarism of factory food, they created Nature's Harmony Farm, a sustainable oasis where rare breed animals and humans live together searching for something nearly lost by both humans and the to live naturally off the land.

Rather than a how-to guide, this book is a personal memoir of the Young's journey to farming and is sure to delight those interested in moving to the country or simply learning more about the struggles of sustainable farming.

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About the Author

Tim Young is a farmer, best-selling author and award winning artisanal cheese maker in Georgia. While flying high over corporate America, Tim Young received a call he couldn't ignore. He shredded his business cards and said goodbye to the conveniences of urban life, to become a farmer and homesteader. Today, Tim is an award-winning cheese maker and author. He lives in Georgia with the most beautiful and caring woman in the world, and a little dog named Alfie that speaks to him in condescending, broken-English.

Product Details

  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0070H97BE
  • Publisher: Harmony Publishing Company (February 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MPRO4Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Speak for Us! The small family farmer! June 8, 2011
I just finished the Accidental Farmers and loved every chapter. It was interesting to get to know a little more about Liz and Tim Young, as I have been following them through Facebook and their podcasts for the past year and a half. Reading their story to farming made me feel inspired and a kindred spirit. My husband and I are "live-changers" too -- moving from New York City to suburban rural CT several years ago. Some passages were so funny (and so close to our own experiences), I had to read them aloud to my husband. We struggle with similar issues the Youngs do, and it was so nice to sort of "talk it out" with Tim as he explained decisions they've made on the farm. We appreciate so much their commitment to their land and their community and we hope this book will inspire others to do so as well. Great work Tim! I'm looking forward to watching your next move.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Accidental Farmers February 15, 2011
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This was a wonderful read . I so enjoyed experiencing Tim and Liz's journey from the corporate world with its Starbucks and its Sushi into the world of rural farm life. I felt and experienced with Tim and Liz the pain and agony of hopes and dreams that proved to be trying and exhausting over and over again. The author does not mince words nor does he sugarcoat the times that he and his wife suffered the loss of animals through one disaster or another. One understands after reading this book that this is not by any stretch an easy life. But by the end of the book, one has the feeling of satisfaction of a job well done and a life being well-lived. If one is contemplating a move such as this, I would recommend this book for its sheer honesty.

I also must add that the relationship and the love that is shared by these two "accidental farmers" is something to admire. It would take a special couple to take such a journey and remain as close and caring as Tim and Liz appear to be toward each other. The end of the book is touching, loving and inspiring.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great authenticity February 20, 2011
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This book was a fantastic read. This author really opened up and shared the good, the bad and the ugly about his (and his wife's) transition from corporate suburban couple to sustainable farmers. Loved the authenticity.

When I started the book, I very quickly fell into the "man, I would love to be a farmer" mindset. By the time I finished, I knew I was not cut out for it. But I am incredibly grateful that some people are. Some parts of Young's life are very enviable. Primarily, cheesemaking! But also, settling down on a farm at night to enjoy cheese, wine, meat and vegetables that you produced. However, many parts of farming are equally unsavory, like waking up to find that disease has ravaged a herd of livestock. Making the decision of whether or not to intervene and/or euthanize to combat a particular ailment.

I really enjoyed reading about the ins and outs of farm life. My grandfather was a farmer, and I felt this book gave me insight on what life was like for him when he was farming. Many of us now have little to no appreciation for the hard work and investment of small farmers. And far too few of us even think about the source of the food we eat. This book will definitely get you thinking about from where your food comes, as well as your own personal philosophy of how farming should be conducted in our technologically advanced society. I have been wanting to make the transition to local, sustainable meat for sometime now, and this book only reinforced my decision.

The book also addressed the larger concept of what it is like to give up security, to take a risk, and pursue a dream. Any exploration of this topic gets me every time.
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81 of 95 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 2nd half April 6, 2011
I really, really wanted to like this book. I've followed Nature's Harmony Farm for the past two years, so I was very excited to read it. The first half was a joy to read- well written, funny, and heart-warming. It offered a clear sense for what starting a new farm from scratch is like - the anticipation, joy, fear, self-doubt and hard work. I also appreciated the honesty in the chapter that detailed the dark side of farming.

The second half's plunge into ideology was very disappointing to read. Like many American farms, the farm's soil is deficient in nutrients, but fertilizer doesn't fit into their ideology. I was left wondering how many of the animal health problems could have been averted by making sure the soil was well-balanced and had the minimum of minerals (calcium, boron, etc. that aren't supplied by manure from poor soil) to support animal health. Also, the ideology involved in wanting their animals to live completely "natural" lives doesn't jive with the fact that livestock are not wild animals. The point to which they expected their animals to live with minimal support on depleted soil scares me a little, and I wonder if these chapters will end up as fodder for the animal rights movement and conventional ag to argue that pasture-based agriculture is not a viable solution.

I appreciate all that Nature's Harmony Farm has done, especially through their blog and excellent podcasts. Unfortunately, I recommend this book only for those who want to read an account of what happens when livestock are expected to live with minimal help on depleted soil.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like this one
This book left me cold, and I stopped reading it about halfway through. The author was very preachy, and the way he treated his animals, in my opinion, was cruel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anita Barfield
2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to love, but ended up hating.
This is the first time I've ever written a review on Amazon. I want to like this book, I really did. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth Cleek
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
This was a fantastic book! I enjoyed reading their story, and am looking so forward to starting an organic farm in the future. I hope to meet Tim and Liz someday. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Iread
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging and enjoyable
Enjoyed this read. It gave me food for thought. Not sure if I 100% agree with stance to not utilise antibiotics in every case - although I understand reasoning behind it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jenny Hayworth
5.0 out of 5 stars A really interesting read!
Great Story - I love this type of book. Gives inspiration and motivation to live cleaner and greener yourself and also ideas as to how you can do it!
Published 5 months ago by Lisa Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars A step back with forward thinking
I am inspired by their commitment to farming and the way they're going about it. Self sufficiency, in a true and natural way that I'm sure was the way it used to be done. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bobbie
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read
After reading all of the negative reviews on this book, I was hesitant to purchase. I have followed this farm for a while now and wanted to read the book for myself. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dustin
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
I really liked this book. I am in awe at the courage it took to leave their lives behind and work the land. I have an itch now - hobby farm!
Published 7 months ago by Jackie Kocurek
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this story!
This story is a inspiration to anyone think of farming! I love how much information Mr. Young gave thought the story of his life! You can read my full review at [...]
Published 8 months ago by Melissa Hagner
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read!!
An interesting look into the world of sustainable farming! Depicts the ups and downs of farming. Very informative and insightful.
Published 11 months ago by Kate
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While flying high over corporate America, Tim Young received a call he couldn't ignore. He shredded his business cards and said goodbye to the conveniences of urban life, to become a farmer and homesteader. Today, Tim is an award-winning cheese maker and author. He lives in Georgia with the most beautiful and caring woman in the world, and a little dog named Alfie that speaks to him in condescending, broken-English.

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