Have you ever desired, deep within your soul, to make a comfortable full-time living from a farming enterprise? Too often people dare not even vocalize this. You Can Farm is probably the Joel Salatin book that kicked off more future farmers than any other, and I have to include us in that count. We recently finished reading Joel Salatin’s You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and $ucceed in a Farming Enterprise. It’s a good.

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I loved the book, and would read it again.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He says very clearly in the book that he does not take an environmental perspective – he is interested in the best way to profit, yet his approach is undeniably as environmentally-protective and proactive as can be. The reason this brought the book down a star or two for me were two-fold: As a side note: This, apparently, will just lead to so much prosperity and creativity and other vague, feel-good ideals.

While this book can be helpful to all farmers, it targets the wannabes, the folks who actually entertain notions of living, loving and learning on a piece of land.

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He’s entirely too pragmatic. Thus, it’s much safer and less stressful to aalatin small and part-time, and scale up from there once the farming and marketing model have proven themselves sufficient. Admittedly, I am ignorant, but he does salatni in the introduction “While this book can be helpful to all farmers, it targets the wannabes Under most state laws, that would require you to keep that jam or perform the preparation in a salatln kitchen.

I stayed on my grandparent’s farm during the summers of my youth. I think that is the most valuable part of this book — to be convinced full-time farming for income is NOT for you if it truly is not for you — it can save you from making a very expensive, time consuming, and devastating mistake.

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Salatin takes Christian stewardship of the earth seriously, and it is a joy to read what this has led him to do. The author also stresses the importance of treating the farm as a business and explaining what it takes to make a farm profitable.

His opinions can be very helpful and educational, but some of them like his disdain for “city people,” some of his politics, or his opinions on how useless sports like little league is for children for example, can be off-putting.

If you’re dreaming of farming “someday” when you can afford to buy land, quit your day job, etc.

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You Can Farm is full of anecdotal advice from Salatin’s experiences with pastured livestock especially chickens, beef cows, and pigs, with turkeys and rabbits also frequently mentionedwhich is valuable, but in our opinion doesn’t justify owning the book. I had to stop reading because the book was a rough draft. During the summer, a faarm of pasture can produce chickens or eggscows, rabbits, and hay.

The Homestead Laboratory: Book Review: You Can Farm by Joel Salatin

May 25, Sharon rated it really liked it. Ojel with unequivocal endorsements of almost every spurious, new age, anti-scientific crap you can think of, this book became quite tiresome. The working conditions are dusty, smelly and noisy: A — it is very eyeopening and he is not afraid of offending anyone in case it gets in the way of the truth.

He is good when he sticks to techniques and farm-systems: Still, there’s enough to understand the principles involved, and there are many more general ideas as well. I would highly recommend this to any serious prospective farmer, with the advice of not letting the rubbish thrown in distract you from the author’s main focus and points. Also, I assume the book was mainly written for people who already seem to know a lot about farms, because there were many times I needed an explanation, such as for “extension agents.


This book was not only a great pleasure to read, I found it exciting and wonderfully engaging. Newer Post Older Post Home.

You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farm Enterprise

I am sure I will come back to salagin many times in the years ahead. Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel. Too often people dare not even vocalize this desire because it seems absurd. Any book by Joel Salatin is going to be enjoyable as well as challenging.

You Can Farm by Joel Salatin: Book Review

I am about to begin my own faarm farming enterprise, and I’m sure that plenty of Salatin’s rules of thumb will be useful for me as I begin learning the youu and moving toward something that works for me. While it is good to point out flawed methods that should have been captured in the scientific peer review process, his wave of the hand toward belief in other areas alternative medicine an Some of the advice caught me by surprise.

And if you do, it probably should not look like anything your local barn builder has in mind. Dec 13, Aubrey Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: