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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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You Can Farm – Polyface Farms

Five faem may be a bit much, some of his opinions are way out there on the far right, but I am rounding up from the 4. Thus, it’s much safer and less stressful to start small and part-time, and scale up from there once the farming and marketing model have proven themselves sufficient.

Though, like faem question, this answer relates to farming, for me its scope is much broader. You’ll be ffarm I credit this book with getting me into farming. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

He writes about a mentality of long term stewardship, generational mindsets, and low cost lifestyles. Likewise, he explains simple ways to keep costs down and productivity up.

But if you can rent big empty plots around you–vacant lots, corporate lawns, etc. There were so many instances of “research” being cited with jol reference to where it came from, that the very few times a source however incomplete was mentioned, it very much stood out to me – for example, right near the end of the book when Salatin explains WHY he keeps referring to industrial chicken as being in “fecal soup,” he mentioned that Time Magazine reported on it in pg.

May 29, Tim rated it liked it. He gives practical advice on everything from improving the soil to filing your documents.

The aging farm population is creating cavernous niches begging to be filled by creative visionaries who will go in dynamic new yuo. Anyone can make it if they just do that! Jan 15, John rated it it was amazing. He keeps his Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Slatin free from chemicals and sells his products via direct marketing to consumers and restaurants.


You Can Farm by Joel Salatin: Book Review

You Can Farm is full of anecdotal advice from Salatin’s experiences with pastured livestock especially chickens, beef cows, and pigs, with turkeys and rabbits also frequently mentionedwhich is valuable, but in our opinion doesn’t justify owning the book. I’m so grateful I stumbled on this one as it’s given me a sense of direction and confidence that I can pull this off.

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.

Nov 03, Tom rated it it was amazing. Don’t think of it as “saving up for land” so much as investing your money in a secure vehicle that gives a better return over a savings account. He has chapters on diversity, land, water, feed, equipment, neighborliness, communication, and anything carm you could imagine. He appears in both the film Food, Inc.

Land ownership is NOT the place to start; often it is the worst place to start. Read this book in year three of our farm journey. The pay is too low.

And if you do, it probably should not look like anything your local barn builder has in mind. He doesn’t leave much room for endeavors that might cost more money than they absolutely need to.

As the industrial agriculture complex crumbles and our culture clambers for clean food, the countryside beckons anew with profitable farming opportunities. And the occasional amazing giveaway, because Milkwood newsletter subscribers rock His methods show a clear ealatin on what makes a successful farm making money and how to best leverage synergistic approaches don’t just sell corn, sell cornbread! For instance, a comfortable house – not a money-saving venture.

He is independent from the industrial side of agriculture, yet has mutually beneficial interdependence within his community. The starting point for animal husbandry is to let the animal express its uniqueness. Hi, I am from brazil, I am in charge of a nursery, I am a permaculture doer… So, I will be glad to recive yours letters.


It’s clearly geared toward the suburban or rural dweller who has farmland for rent close to home. In the winter, the pasture is dormant and all the animals have indoor housing somewhere. I also like that xan presents very strong opinions on how you might want to live your life if you’re going to make money farming being extremely thrifty, being unwaveringly dedicated, scheduling your time and vacationsand it was very helpful to have him be so dissuasive in the beginning.

Anyone willing to dance with such a dream should be able to assess its assets and liabilities; its fantasies and realities. To ask other readers questions about You Can Farmplease sign up. And now his suggestion makes sense. I am sure I will come back to it many times in the years ahead. Fqrm has a profitable, stable, multigenerational business. The book is all about how to succeed as a farmer using techniques that the government and the industrial food corporations long ago abandoned in This book was not only a great pleasure to read, I found it exciting and wonderfully engaging.

I credit this book with getting me into farming. 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. He’s been doing it, and he’s seen others do salatij, and he’s seen a lot of folks go broke following the conventional wisdom and the best advice of the USDA and Universi The crazy sustainable pastured beef and poultry farmer featured in Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma has some books of his own. It is inspirational and will save many new and wannabe farmers a lot of time, trouble, and money if they follow the advice therein.

That constant drive for what can I do better, and what can I have nature do for me, since nature tends to do things better.