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Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World | [Joel Salatin]

Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love.
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From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. Here, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impacts.

>Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as "Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture", and profiled in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the best-selling book The Omnivore's Dilemma, understands what food should be: wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life.

And his message doesn't stop there. From child-rearing to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller's knack for the revealing anecdote.

Salatin's crucial message and distinctive voice - practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure - makes Folks, This Ain't Normal a must-listen book.

©2011 Joel Salatin (P)2011 Hachette

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    Ethny Indiana 05-06-15
    Ethny Indiana 05-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book ever!"
    If you could sum up Folks, This Ain't Normal in three words, what would they be?

    BEST BOOK EVER!


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    Everyone should read this book. I think Joel should be president of the US!

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    Catherine 05-04-15
    Catherine 05-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book I've ever read."

    This book is inspiring, informative, and so well-done that I can count it among my top 3 most worthwhile reads ever.

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    Amy Baltrinic Grabowski Rising Sun, MD 04-24-15
    Amy Baltrinic Grabowski Rising Sun, MD 04-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Witty, real, informative and down-to-earth"

    This is a must read for anyone who cares anything about the quality of the food you eat or the freedom to choose the food you eat.

    There is an abundance of information in this book that covers so many facets of our food in general and the industrial food system versus heritage and traditional food systems. You might even say it's an over abundance. Read or listen several times over. It's worth every minute many times over!

    Each re-read will give you another "ah ha!" that you didn't catch the first time around.

    Read this book and share it with as many others as possible.

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    Amazon Customer 04-22-15
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    "Oh my WORD!!!"

    If only everyone would listen or read this book! Unfortunately folks who already know and care about the things that are happening to our food rights are probably the only people reading this type of literature. Required reading for all!!! My kids are going to read this whether they want to or not! Fabulous, informative, packed with content! This is not one of those waste of words books. Thanks, Joel. Keep on keeping on. You are hope incarnate.

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    Jason 04-20-15
    Jason 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Joel Salatin hits the nail on the head!!"

    Joel's humor and straight facts keep you glued to this one!! A must read for anyone concerned about what they eat, and where it comes from!!

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    kris 04-18-15
    kris 04-18-15
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    "Incredibly inspiring"

    This is been an absolutely fabulously mind opening presentation of all the minute details of farming that most don't think about. The intellect behind this book is quite obvious. I picked this book up after reading The omnivores dilemma, and these two books coupled with some food documentaries, have opened my eyes to some of the overly regulated bureaucratic agencies hindering sustainable food production. Thanks Joel Salatin for all you do! I recommend this book for everyone!

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    Gerowyn 04-08-15
    Gerowyn 04-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The best book ever on sustainable living"
    Where does Folks, This Ain't Normal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is fantastic a very no nonsense full of common sense book that is very easy to listen to and understand.... The title is exactly what you get...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Folks, This Ain't Normal?

    Some of the bizarre stories about things his customers have expected to find in the field, ie. skinless boneless breasts running around! or dinosaur shaped nuggets!....

    I loved his description of his ideal home...


    What does Joel Salatin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His humor and passion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh and get very excited about the possibilities and have a greater understanding of the current issues.


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    I love this book and I highly recommend it!

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    John Ackley 03-22-15
    John Ackley 03-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Truth speaking in the face of adversity"

    Joel Salatin provides a candid essay on the state of our food system, the complicity of government, and the responsibility we each have to take action now to effect desperately needed changes. Read (or listen to) this eye-opening book and a few pages out of Joel's book!

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    Michael 03-15-15
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    "The best!"

    Joel continues to inspire me to be better and do more with my life. I learn things from him that truly impact my life.

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    Daniel L Branton 03-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Enlightening to say the least!"

    Must listen or read. I believe this should be required in every AG program as required reading. My homeschooled children will read it.

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    "Starts off well"

    Beginning of book a thoughtful discussion of his particular farming techniques and rationale, but quickly gets off track and one can almost picture author standing on soapbox having a rant about his particular politics. Interesting information can still be gleaned, but Salatin gets off topic and unfocused. Still have greatest respect for him as a farmer.

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  • zephanco
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    "Food for thought!"

    Joel Salatin, a farmer on the edge and a world away from the madness that is modern food production and what we have been led to believe is normal, takes the courage to stand up and tell it how it really is, thank goodness! This is an eye opening, grounded and truely sensible account of real life down on the farm. He pulls no punches, and his honesty and passion are apparent in this reading by the author himself, truely educational. If you care about what you put in your body, read this!

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