Farm fresh inspiration
It was great to hear Joel reading the book...it personalized it and you can hear his passion and enthusiasm while he speaks...
What Are We Thinking??
It should be listened to/read by everyone...how far we have seem to come from living in normalcy.
I would like to go over things to hear them again, because I would like to find a way to tell others about what I have learned and my graso of it all is very vague. I think everybody should read this book to understand about food, the industry, and the earth and how we all relate to it - animals and humans and plants.
I think Joel is great. I would love to meet him and visit his farm. He is a true American hero.
I love how he talks about his ways of farming and how he is a steward of the land.
No, this book is long but there is never a dull moment.
Love this book and will listen to it again and have others listen too.
The last few chapters about inheritance and tax policy, anti-tax, anti-government mandates, etc. . . . it all got a bit too out there for me. I can see that the problems Mr. Salatin raised may have some validity in some cases, but the answer to people suffering from problems related to obesity is not to end health insurance (apparently so we don't have to pay for other people's weaknesses). I want the freedom to eat and drink the foods I choose - like raw milk - and I see my choices as part of my desire to return to a healthier, more localized economy. But for me that doesn't mean discarding the federal system.
Also, he contends that allowing women apprentices on the farm jeopardizes the farm because there is nothing to stop the female apprentices from accusing someone on the farm of sexual abuse - that seems just ridiculous! Would he expect his wife (or daughters) to randomly charge someone with sexual abuse? What does his expectation say about his view of women? It was degrading to listen to this section.
Yes, with reservations. His experiences recovering a poor piece of land and turning it into a productive ecosystem is a great vision of how small farms can succeed without resorting to the unsustainable practices of agribusinesses. His very socially conservative, libertarian viewpoints were a struggle to listen through.
I'd like to see a documentary about the practices Mr. Salatin uses on his farm. I would hope the more polarizing political opinions could be avoided. Yes, we need to change farm policy - along with many other things, but that wasn't why I listened to this book and I think it would detract from the larger message - we need to find ways to live more sustainably.
I loved listening to Joel Salatin's narration of his book. He is at times preachy and long-winded but ultimately his passion for his cause and beliefs shines through.
This is one of the best books I have ever listened to
The wealth of information about raising and using every aspect of your land no matter how big or how small of a place you have was extremely real and motivating
I had to listen to this twice because there is so much information to take in. I'm sure I'll give it a few more listens over the next couple of years as I learn more about green living.
Each chapter ends with a list of practical steps to improve our food quality and become more environmentally friendly. The author's delivery is also excellent!
This book is definitely worth your time.
Joel Salatin is a hoot. And he's right about more than is comfortable to admit. I picked this up because of Michael Pollan's books. I am glad I did. MORE, Joel, MORE.
Joel's voice is warm and given to bubble over in laughter at the humor of creation.
Couldn't listen to it in one sitting: too long and varied.
One has to be tolerant of other people's crazy ideas in order to really enjoy this book. You are not likely to agree with him about everything. If you did, you probably wouldn't be listening to audio books during your commute. If you are into organic food, it is a great read. He explains how the farm works. If you are into character building, he explains how his version of that works. If you are into healthy families, alternative lifestyles, prairies, agriculture, folklore, insightful social commentary, living off the grid, canning pickles, libertarianism, American history. . . the list goes on and on. Oh, just listen to it. Thanks Joel.
No. This was an excellent reference book, however, in this audio format there is no way to mark sections, topics, or facts for later reference. I think I would have enjoyed it more in print version.
I bought this, because I am very interested in organic and sustainable ways of living, with respect for the earth and its inhabitants, human or other. I had seen Joel in Food Inc. and loved his enthusiasm and opinion.
I loved Joel's enthusiasm in this book, and although I am most definitely not religious, I agree with a lot of the points he makes. Granted, sometimes he is a bit preachy and too oldfashioned for my taste, but on the whole I found this book informative, inspiring and a pleasure to listen to.
A little folksy and sometimes condescending, I found this audiobook to be a real gem. Salatin brings out lots of information that I had not thought about, yet found that I was in perfect agreement with him. While I really enjoyed the information on his farming practices (I wish there was much more information on the specifics of his methods), the rants against the FDA, USDA and there attempts to
His passion for the subject matter.
How to bring historically normal ways of living back into our lives.
Would love to have the pictures available in the actual book also available in Audio books.