Joel Salatin touches on a wide range of farm and country living subjects that nearly all of America would have known as self-evident truths just few generations ago. The total isolation that today's children and adults have from where their food comes from and how it is raised is, or should be, alarming. Our government in full partnership with the giant agricultural factory farms are working to shut local farmers out of the marketplace and regulate private small holdings farmers out of existence.
The most compelling part of Joel's narrative is how he touched upon my own personal experiences. I grew up spending summers visiting family in and around the Smokey and Appalachian Mountains. My favorite thing was to get the old timers talking about how things where, then go out and either slip back in the room quietly or go sit outside the window where I could hear. It is a terrible shame that we're loosing the history of how to tend the land and work in concert with nature to the benifit the farmers and their families, the communities they support, and the land itself.
The first thing a farmer should grow is a funny-bone. A good-natured sense of humor and the ability to laugh is a must in any walk of life, but I'd imagine it's more necessary in a life that brushes up against federal, state, local government, and vegan animal rights nut-jobs on such a regular basis.
Joel's wit and humor just shine throughout the book. I oftentimes find myself laughing out-loud as he tells some of the stories that come along with having an open-gates policy where even the radical animal rights people are welcome.
I already had some exposure to Joel Salatin from coming across videos of his polyface farm while I was researching to find the right chicken coop for my backyard.... incidentally, chicken ordinances concerning backyard chickens are almost universally written to disadvantage the working poor who cannot afford huge manicured lawns or farmland. In my area for example you may have 5 chickens and it goes farther to include that 1 of the five be a rooster. A rooster is totally unnecessary to the production of eggs, but as soon as he crows and the neighbors call, you are charged with creating a public nuisance, fined, and made to surrender all of your birds.... you might even make the evening news because when they show up it's in police vehicles with the lights on and more often than not weapons are drawn... think TV movie style drug-raid... except with chickens.
The book might educate you a bit or not, but it will surely entertain the socks off you.
I very much enjoyed and agreed with the discussion of farming, however, the anti-government rant of the final chapter was almost unbearable. It was much like listening to an hour of Rush Limbaugh.
He definitely persuaded me that the processed food we eat is really bad--completely dependent on non-stop antibiotics, raised in gross conditions, and dependent on transportation over thousands of miles. He also persuaded me that the way he raises animals and the way he farms is better for the earth, better for people's health, and better for his local community. But he goes on WAY TOO MUCH about his political beliefs which I find are poorly thought through and internally inconsistent. The last few chapters I had to skip entirely because I got so tired of it. But the first part of the book was better and very interesting.
Too much political diatribe that became tiresome to hear.
It was well narrated and entertaining except toward the end when it veered into politics.
Not unless he gets control over his political preaching.
If the politics were cut out, it would be about 2/3 as long and would be a better book.
Joel Salatin is very intelligent and very entertaining.
Salatin's analysis of government's intervention in our lives is spot on.
When the author reads their own material you get a better insight into their intention.
Yes, I would have loved to have listened to the entire book in one sitting.
Definitely a must have for your audible library.
This is the first audible book I have listened to.
Joel Salatin's "The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer".
His rants on industrial agriculture.
There were many tidbits that stuck with me, for example did you know that factory farm eggs are dipped in chlorine to sanitize them? I didn't.
This audible is filled with Mr. Salatin's rantings. It is a mix of opinions, facts, and instructions, but a different read from his "how-to" books. Although I don't agree with all his points he makes, most of them are great. This audible was an entertaining, humorous, and at times endearing listen. I highly recommend this to anyone that wants the perspective of a progressive "lunatic" farmer on America's food systems.
Entertaining, Eye-Opening, Inspiring
I loved Joel's excellent laymen's terms descriptions of his animal-care philosophy
I spaced it out to a few chapters a sitting. There's just so much to think about in this book.
Don't be put off by any political or religious differences you may have with the author. His tone throughout the book is plain-spoken, inclusive and always seeking the common ground. It was such a wonderful and refreshing change from the tribalistic hyperbole that permeates most discussions about food, diet, industry and government. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone.