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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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If you are at all, even remotely, interested in farming, then you need to read this book. Still, there’s enough to understand the principles involved, and there are many more general ideas as well. Sep 25, Dave Weber rated it it was amazing.

You Can Farm by Joel Salatin | Permaculture & Alcohol Can Be A Gas

Though, like the question, this answer relates to farming, for me its scope is much broader. May 29, Tim rated it liked it. He gives practical advice on everything from improving the soil to filing your documents. Want to Read saving…. This book was the breakthrough, for us.

I appreciate a man who lives his convictions. Only upon becoming a mother did I feel the value of the work Salatim was already doing.

I think I’ll stick with backyard-everything. Jan 02, Matt Bianco rated it it was amazing Shelves: So this book had me from the start. Don’t expect an analogous book from Archer Daniels Midland “You can control grain supplies and make unnatural sweeteners and other food additives” It’s just not feasible to rent farmland 30 miles away for raising animals that need tended a couple times a day.


This book covers an introduction to small-scale regenerative farming ethos in lots of different areas, from whole farm planning to energy inputs both human, animal and other to marketing.

It was easy for me to romanticize the idea of having a farm. Nov 14, Keith rated it really liked it. This is one of the books that Joel recommended I read, as somebody that already had an assortment of poultry and was on the verge of moving my farm and start Salatin has create the perfect beginners “textbook.

There were some parts which i just did not understand because i live in Australia and the U. In a nutshell it is an encouragement, a guide, an education about ethical, sustainable, profitable farming.

I am about to begin my own small farming enterprise, and I’m sure that plenty of Salatin’s rules of thumb will be useful for me as I begin learning the ropes and moving toward something that works for me. Trivia About You Can Farm: It’s chock full of advice and ideas for actually turning a profit in agriculture, long considered a fiscal black hole “if I had a million dollars I’d farm until it was all gone”.

The Joel Salatin is an American farmer who raises livestock using holistic management methods of animal husbandry. Skip out on the.

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

Aesthetics do affect productivity and economics aren’t God. Personally, I didn’t mind that at all, because my main purpose in reading the book was to start to learn more about farming in general, and to learn more about how to improve soil and land stewardship.


He discusses traps in the farming life and how to avoid them. A — salwtin is very eyeopening and he is not afraid of offending anyone in case it gets in the way of the truth.

You Can Farm by Joel Salatin: Book Review

And the occasional amazing giveaway, because Milkwood newsletter subscribers rock 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. It was a good read, however some jole his advice may be a bit dated however, after running a ‘hobby farm’ for many years he has some very good advice on where, and where not to spend money. It takes jooel much capital to start. This is just one example of his out of the box thinking that inspired me.