- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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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The problem with this book though is that Salatin knows so much that it can read like he packs in too much information in this book, and so it ought to be read in chunks and re-read over and over as one develops farming experience and knowledge.
His advice isn't for everyone, for example, living in a "disposable" house that is cheaper than a massive house with a large 30 year fixed mortgage, but on the whole his book is packed with insight.
Essentially, get out of the corporate food chain, where a farmer-or anyone else-works very hard but reaps little of the profits. Farmers in America are encouraged to be the lowest rung on a massive ladder where the robber barons of Archers Daniels Midlands reap the rewards of their work, Salatin seeks to break this situation.
A great read for anyone from a farmer, to a gardener.