- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Polyface; 1st edition (June 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963810928
- ISBN-13: 978-0963810922
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 253 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The farm produces pastured beef, pork, chicken, eggs, turkeys, rabbits, lamb and ducks, servicing roughly 6,000 families and 50 restaurants in the farm’s bioregion. He has written 11 books to date and lectures around the world on land healing, local food systems.
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He also focuses on making money. Now, I don't mean farming is a "get rich quick" or even a "get rich at all" profession. This is rarely the draw to farming anyway. But the problem is there are few young farmers out there, because of how much trouble the old timers have been having. So, he focuses a lot on the farm having a positive cash flow. Doing it in untraditional ways, but for good reason, as traditionally, farmers have had to submit to big farm out of necessity. He would like new farmers to work for themselves again, to own their own animals again, and to bring a FINER product to market than what is currently produced by big farm.
A bit preachy, sure. But I think it comes off that way out of passion.
If you are interested in a large or small operation, do not begin without reading this book. Also, his other books addressing more specific information on each of Polyface Farms operations would be a great value, even if your only interest are raising just cows, or chickens, or rabbits, or gardening.
His library of Polyface Farms books would benefit established operations in becoming more efficient while improving the health of the operation and product quality.
Mr Salatin takes the reader through the generalities and some specifics of starting a sustainable farming operation as a real business, rather than a government subsidy dependent raw material production facility. The key is diversification and creativity, which is as it always has been for the farmer worldwide throughout history.
Bravo again Mr. Salatin!
My next read is Pastured Poultry Profits, which has just been ordered.