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The Accidental Farmers [Kindle Edition]

Tim Young
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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This book is a personal memoir of an urban couple's journey to farming and NOT a how-to guide. It is sure to delight those interested in moving to the country or simply learning more about the struggles of sustainable farming.

When Tim and Liz Young decided to leave their comfortable suburban 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, Tim and Liz created 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.

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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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated this book! I often dream of doing what the author and his wife did; stepping out of the busy corporate world and moving to the country and raising my own food. For others who share this same dream you’ll also get a lot from the book. For those who don’t dream this, it’s still an interesting story about a big career conversion and the information contained in the book about the conditions that much of our food is raised in is informative and thought provoking. I enjoyed reading about the author’s decision process to move to the country. He shares vividly his experiences, good and bad, of getting the farm going and the struggles he faced trying to raise animals naturally which for generations now have been raised in unnatural settings (for example, pig mothers no longer having the instinct to care for their babies). Through his book Tim Young has provided me with information and ideas that I certainly will use when someday realizing my own dream of moving away from the city and raising/growing my own food.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Adam
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I do some homesteading and soon me and my wife are planning to have a small scale farm mostly for homesteading and to be sustainable ourselves. I thought this book was very informative on the way different types of farming is done as well as things I would like to do and what to expect, such as pig farming. I think people posted ridiculous reviews putting this book down but that is because it is not the way they farm. Do not let those deter you from reading this book. it was a great read for me and gave me a lot of information on what I could expect and how rewarding it can be. The ideals they have are their own and that is cool how they like the natural way. It is def not wrong but for people wanting information on homesteading or small scale farming this is great information even though they do a little bit larger scale. Awesome awesome book. As anywhere there will be people and their negative opinions but that is their right.
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30 of 34 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I just finished the book at 4 am this morning, after picking it back up at 2am and not being able to put it down.I found it compelling reading, sweeping me along in Tim and Liz's journey, one which I recently told them, mirrors mine in many ways. As a small scale family farmer in Northern Kentucky, I found Nature's Harmony Farm through a friends link on Facebook.I read through their website, visited their videos, have yet to hear a podcast (though I bet they are great), and finally read the book.It really tells it like it is. I bought my farm the same year as the Young's (though only quit my corporate job this past May) and was overjoyed to find a feeling of kinship in their story, one which reconfirmed my own journey. I am not as far along in my journey, but reading about their trials and tribulations gears me up for the next phase of my own journey. Because I have a personal connection as a farmer, I laughed at parts of the book, cried at others,and was intensely connected all the way through. In the end, I loved this book as much as I loved Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. It helped me to reset my direction and gave me a boost to rediscover why I became a farmer.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great authenticity February 20, 2011
By T_Ro
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Like, I get it
Realistic. Like, I get it. I enjoyed this book. It's the type of life I want to live, and I enjoyed reading their experience.
Published 7 days ago by tdm3038
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book!
Published 1 month ago by Jenna
5.0 out of 5 stars being first time farmers like the Youngs
being first time farmers like the Youngs, I found the book very informative. I especially like the part about how so many industrial growers of meat animals I.e. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
"Today, I made cheese" was the phrase that stuck with me. That a task as simple of spending the day making cheese, can be so much more fulfilling than anything else the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jen
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Star Book. Good read, well written, slightly condescending, but we...
A good read that has me thinking. Of course I'd love to give it all up some times and really go back to nature. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amanda M. Mcmahon
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read
This book was an absolute pleasure to read. I do not have a lot of free time, so when I could get back to it, I immersed myself in the reading, drawing each morsel out like a fine... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rebekah Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This is a wonderful read about a couple who left the rat race of corporate America to farm. I think today a lot of people would like to do this and this book shows that it can be... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Donna M. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting
Uplifting story of the process of attaining a simpler and meaningful life. I love this book and it inspired me to see someone actually went for their dreams, even with not being... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Holy Lola
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story about becoming a farmer after years in the corporate...
My husband and I have this fantasy of walking away from the rat race and farming somewhere... This book was a very inspiring story of a couple that actually did it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cali Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to like it, but found it off-putting at best
Like others, I wanted to like this book. I've read similar titles that have been insightful, poignant, and wonderful. This was not -- I couldn't bring myself to finish it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris
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More About the Author

Tim Young is an author of nonfiction and fiction books on self-sufficient lifestyles, including The Amazing Maisy! children's picture book series that introducers pre-schoolers to homesteading, food production and self-sufficient lifestyles. Tim is also the editor of

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


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