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The Accidental Farmers [Kindle Edition]

Tim Young
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Book Description

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.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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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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32 of 36 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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22 of 24 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Adam
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With a moo moo here.... November 19, 2012
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This book made me stop and think about a lot of things. I think the author is right when he says that as Americans we tend to think of all of our food in terms of coming from the grocery store. I know that I, at least, don't take the time usually to consider where my food comes from. I usually spend more time considering what I am going to do with it when it comes to how to prepare it. This book, kind of like Food Inc., gives the reader a chance to consider how things should be done in regards to meat and food production Vs. how it is actually done.

What I really liked about this book was that I felt like I was listening to a friends describe a great transition in his life, rather than a million mile long diatribe about what you should and should not do. I liked the easy, conversational tone of this book and came away feeling like I'd had a pleasant reading experience and actually learned something in the process.

This book was eye opening and enjoyable and I respect the author and his wife for deciding to leave the fast-paced world for a simpler more natural life. Moving story with plenty of entertaining factors. I recommend you check it out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening!
Along with a delightful story this book has an amazing amount of information to anyone interested in where their food comes from. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Barbara Stephenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best things happen accidentaly
If you ever think you're 'crazy' for wanting to unplug, get off the grid, grow your own, et. al., you may want to pick up a copy of this book and read it in a single sitting... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Rich Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars an Honest Life
This is an inspiring book. The intelligence of Tim and Liz is apparent from the first pages. I wish Mr. Young would give us an Epilogue that is recent. Are they still farming? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ardis F. Ostrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - Thanks, Tim
Some of these reviews are off base. Sure, Tim isn't a Pulitzer Prize winner. But he has an easy to read style. I only wish the book was about 50 pages longer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dennis J OKeefe
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating change of lifestyle
I'll admit, my life has been much closer to the Eva Gabor half of the Green Acres theme song than the Eddie Albert half. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chloe Halston
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Informational, with some take it or leave parts.
A good read for those interested in sustainable farming or seeking a different perspective on farming. The author had some great suggested reads throughout the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian Kehoe
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-important
I found myself getting more and more annoyed at the attitude and practices of the author as the book proceeded. Horrible waste of time and money.
Published 3 months ago by George Coologeorgen
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 6 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 7 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 7 months ago by Iread
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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. Tim became an award-winning cheese maker and Amazon best-selling author. He lives in the southern United States 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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