Have you ever desired, deep within your soul, to make a comfortable full-time living from a farming enterprise? Too often people dare not even vocalize this. You Can Farm is probably the Joel Salatin book that kicked off more future farmers than any other, and I have to include us in that count. We recently finished reading Joel Salatin’s You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and $ucceed in a Farming Enterprise. It’s a good.

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Rather than being a purely rah-rah book, Salatin would rather scare off potential farmers than have them get themselves into something they don’t really want and consequently will fail at anyway. While it is good to point out flawed methods that should have been captured in the scientific peer review process, his wave of the hand toward belief in other areas alternative medicine an Fwrm, I would say most of the advice here is still quite applicable For those looking to get a sample of Joel, there is an extensive YouTube selection to choose from.

I love this book! He demonstrates a profound respect for the earth as he sees it, and I applaud him for espousing such a positive, “can do” message. Sep 05, Miles rated it it was ok.

You Can Farm by Joel Salatin: Book Review

If you ever smell manure, you’re smelling mismanagement. Inspiring and beautiful for a sentence here and there, but put all of them together and there is no order. Very helpful, practical, and encouraging. For instance, a comfortable house – not a money-saving venture. slatin


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This realization dawned on me after reading about the difference between a backyard vineyard and a 1 acre vineyard. The result is healthy, beyond organic meat and eggs. Any food production system that stinks up the neighborhood — regardless czn how rural — is unacceptable.

If you want to learn about someone who truly understands concepts like animal husbandry and enriching the land, you must read this book. Aug 26, Scott Wigginton rated it really liked it. On page 88 – need to renew.

The value of this book for me lies not in Joel Salatin’s prose, which is painful to read, but in a simple question he asks. I can hardly contain my excitement. Likewise, he explains simple jkel to keep costs down and productivity up.

The working conditions are dusty, smelly and noisy Zalatin you ever desired, deep within your soul, to make a comfortable full-time living from a farming enterprise?

Salatin covers that well.

He is independent from the industrial side sxlatin agriculture, yet has mutually beneficial interdependence within his community. Mar 20, Tim Segraves rated it it was amazing.

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Salatij is a Christian libertarian of sorts, and so the pitfalls of the book all follow from that: There were some parts which i just did not understand because i live in Australia and the U. Coupled with unequivocal endorsements of almost every spurious, new age, anti-scientific crap you can think of, this book became salstin tiresome.

Refresh and try again. His methods show a clear focus on what makes a successful farm making money and how saalatin best leverage synergistic approaches don’t just sell corn, sell cornbread! May 29, Tim rated it liked it. Salatin is an entrepreneurial farmer in Virginia that raises cattle, chicken, rabbits, and turkeys using all natural methods–specifically on the pasture. As I read The Unsettling of Americamy own answer came in the form of a question: He too wants to make a buck with his farm, just like those guys, but his enterprise is small– so apparently that is a great reason to support HIM and not the “big” boys.


Salatin throws a small amount of grain onto the bedding throughout ffarm winter to give the pigs something to look for in the spring.

You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farm Enterprise

I had to stop reading this because Joel Salatin needs to hire an editor. You’ll be earning a living from your farming, making a profit that you csn save.

It is inspirational and will save many new and wannabe farmers a lot of time, trouble, and money if they follow the advice therein. Salatin takes Uoel stewardship of the earth seriously, and it is a joy to read what this has led him to do. The greatest suggestion in the book is simply start now. Jul 29, Laura rated it it was amazing.

The biggest obstacle with that is urban zoning codes that prohibit agriculture, especially animals.