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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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    Christine Columbia, ME, United States 09-03-12
    Christine Columbia, ME, United States 09-03-12
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    "Let's Get Normal!"
    If you could sum up Folks, This Ain't Normal in three words, what would they be?

    Farm fresh inspiration


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

    n/a


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

    It was great to hear Joel reading the book...it personalized it and you can hear his passion and enthusiasm while he speaks...


    If you could give Folks, This Ain't Normal a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What Are We Thinking??


    Any additional comments?

    It should be listened to/read by everyone...how far we have seem to come from living in normalcy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JOhn Sherman Oaks, Ca, United States 08-07-12
    JOhn Sherman Oaks, Ca, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Come and get some knowledge about food."
    Would you listen to Folks, This Ain't Normal again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think Joel is great. I would love to meet him and visit his farm. He is a true American hero.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love how he talks about his ways of farming and how he is a steward of the land.


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

    No, this book is long but there is never a dull moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this book and will listen to it again and have others listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    IthacaNancy 06-27-12
    IthacaNancy 06-27-12
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    "Interesting Viewpoint - Sadly Polarized"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Would you recommend Folks, This Ain't Normal to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Could you see Folks, This Ain't Normal being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Erie, Pa, United States 06-26-12
    Andrew Erie, Pa, United States 06-26-12
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    "Great Listen"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Waynesville, OH, United States 06-18-12
    Karen Waynesville, OH, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "excellent resource"
    Where does Folks, This Ain't Normal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books I have ever listened to


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie G 05-21-12
    Laurie G 05-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent book, lots of information"
    Would you listen to Folks, This Ain't Normal again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is definitely worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Simi Valley, CA, United States 05-14-12
    Joseph Simi Valley, CA, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Refreshingly witty and informative"
    What made the experience of listening to Folks, This Ain't Normal the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What about Joel Salatin’s performance did you like?

    Joel's voice is warm and given to bubble over in laughter at the humor of creation.


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

    Couldn't listen to it in one sitting: too long and varied.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Wesley Chapel, FL, United States 04-26-12
    Becky Wesley Chapel, FL, United States 04-26-12
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    "enjoyed but regretting not getting in paper format"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Folks, This Ain't Normal to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Bussum, Netherlands 04-17-12
    Robert Bussum, Netherlands 04-17-12

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    "Gotta love Joel"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Eagle Springs, NC, United States 12-09-11
    Timothy Eagle Springs, NC, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Surprisingly Excellent!"
    Would you listen to Folks, This Ain't Normal again? Why?

    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


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

    His passion for the subject matter.


    If you could give Folks, This Ain't Normal a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How to bring historically normal ways of living back into our lives.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to have the pictures available in the actual book also available in Audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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