This audiobook is the personal memoir of an urban couple's journey to farming rather than a how-to guide and is sure to delight those interested in moving to the country or simply learning more about the struggles of sustainable farming.
When Tim and Liz Young decided to leave their comfortable suburban life and become first-time farmers in rural Georgia, they embarked on a journey that would change their lives. The Accidental Farmers reveals how the couple learned that hamburgers, bacon, and eggs don't come from the supermarket but from real animals that forge emotional bonds with their human caretakers. Seeking a middle path between a meatless lifestyle and the barbarism of factory food, Tim and Liz created Nature's Harmony Farm, a sustainable oasis where rare-breed animals and humans live together, searching for something nearly lost by both humans and the animals...how to live naturally off the land.
©2011 Tim Young (P)2015 Tim Young
"With wit, humor and precision, Tim mesmerizes the reader as he and Liz learn how to achieve a life of harmony with the natural world." (Mildred Armstrong Kalish, author of Little Heathens)
"Tim and Liz Young describe the many benefits of a return to agrarian life.... In a most compelling way, they present that beautiful equation: healthy soil equals healthy animals equals healthy human beings." (Sally Fallon Morell, author of Nourishing Traditions)
I can see now why some people have criticized this guy. The book overall is entertaining enough but it's definitely on the bottom of the list for this genre.
The author suffers from having had some success as a businessman in his prior life and subsequently brings a kind of smugness to his farming and writing. Starting with a substantial bank-roll, he fails to appreciate what it is really like to start a farm with an eye of actually needing to be a successful farmer in order to survive - as a farmer. I've read plenty of testimonies from true, bootstrapping homesteaders who shared this zeal for natural food, etc and there is always a sincere humility in their learning process.
All in all he doesn't seem to have set out to be a full time farmer inasmuch as someone who writes about farming and maybe builds a small brand of sorts so he can do seminars, etc. i.e. it was never about farming for farming's sake but rather to create a kind of farming brand for himself.
It started out promising and exciting. It could have been half the length. A lot of the information was shared multiple times especially with the inclusion of blog post readings at the end of each chapter. There was a whole chapter done in the third person which was almost unbearable. Knowing that these two accidental farmers no longer farm makes it much less enchanting.
My husband and I have started a small homestead and aspire to live off the land. I love the way the author expresses exactly how the land and animals affects us. Even greater, though, is the way in which he discusses all aspects of their farming methods in ways that is applies to a human farming, not necessarily in the ways it affects the farm itself. I enjoyed this book very much and I learned a lot from it. Highly recommended.
I have been looking for a point of view of farming that was not built on idyllic americana, not hugely pessimistic view either. I found it with this book.
rich man playing should be listed as fictional I have spent a life time in ag and the last 15 years in organic farming. this book will send several people down the wrong road and bankruptcy
That's hard to know since I didn't read the print version, but for me, the story was told in the emotions of the reader, who transmitted the author's angst at the loss of animals in the early years of the farm.
The good, the bad, and the ugly - the story moving to the country wasn't made to sound like a sweet or banal withdrawal from the rat race, but a challenging change of life style.
The story was told in the emotions of the reader, who transmitted the author's angst at the loss of animals in the early years of the farm.
Too many chicks.
I've been telling all my friends about this book -- it really made me think about where my food comes from.
I enjoyed the overall information and stories, but it could have been presented much better. It came off as a lazy job cobbling together old blog posts and new writing. With this style there was frequent repetition or reexplaining something that had already been discussed in detail and had me wondering if I'd accidentally skipped back in the book. I wish he had taken more time to edit the book to flow better.
Semo Farm Girl
I couldn't push pause on this book. It put into words what we are trying to do here.
Loved the story. I have always been grateful for the small scale farmer and all the hard work they put in. It's a life I've always been drawn to and this story makes me think I can really do it.
I'm very interested in sustainable farming as a lifestyle, and have read a number of books / memoirs on this topic. This book starts out ok, but turns into a smug diatribe of the authors mediocre accomplishments. I especially could not tolerate the portrayal of his wife as an emotional mess that needs constant support and guidance from him, especially with him being a novice himself.
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