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
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!
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...
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...
His humor and passion.
This book made me laugh and get very excited about the possibilities and have a greater understanding of the current issues.
I love this book and I highly recommend it!
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!
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.
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