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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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    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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    Pawl 02-23-15
    Pawl 02-23-15
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    "This Country needs a country wisdom museum"
    If you could sum up Folks, This Ain't Normal in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


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

    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.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    The book might educate you a bit or not, but it will surely entertain the socks off you.

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    David 02-13-15
    David 02-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "A MUST read for any thinking American"

    Mind opening, enjoyable advice for food, country, and life. Thanks Mr. Salatin for influencing our family. Great inspiration for our small farm.

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    adstoffels 02-10-15
    adstoffels 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Why"

    Thought provoking. T.S. Eliot wrote, "The general ethos of the people they have to govern determines the behavior of politicians."

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    Robert 02-06-15
    Robert 02-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good farming, bad politics"

    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.

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    Curt 01-20-15
    Curt 01-20-15
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    "Must Read!"

    This man cares more about you and what you eat than anybody else but you. Please listen to this book and take what you can from it.

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    ben 01-15-15
    ben 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Refreshing"

    An amazingly American story...with morales!! Thanks Joel, I'm voting you for president! Seriously a good book of cause/effect/response.

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    Carol Parker Placitas, NM 07-21-14
    Carol Parker Placitas, NM 07-21-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Wish he had stuck to eating healthy food"
    What did you like best about Folks, This Ain't Normal? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Joel Salatin’s story?

    Too much political diatribe that became tiresome to hear.


    What about Joel Salatin’s performance did you like?

    It was well narrated and entertaining except toward the end when it veered into politics.


    Do you think Folks, This Ain't Normal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not unless he gets control over his political preaching.


    Any additional comments?

    If the politics were cut out, it would be about 2/3 as long and would be a better book.

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    Greg 05-13-14
    Greg 05-13-14
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    "Love this Book!"
    What did you love best about Folks, This Ain't Normal?

    Joel Salatin is very intelligent and very entertaining.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Salatin's analysis of government's intervention in our lives is spot on.


    What about Joel Salatin’s performance did you like?

    When the author reads their own material you get a better insight into their intention.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I would have loved to have listened to the entire book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a must have for your audible library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M.E. Piontkowski East of the Mississippi 03-28-14
    M.E. Piontkowski East of the Mississippi 03-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "An Entertaining Listen"
    Where does Folks, This Ain't Normal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audible book I have listened to.


    What other book might you compare Folks, This Ain't Normal to and why?

    Joel Salatin's "The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His rants on industrial agriculture.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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