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May 08, 2013

You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise

Joel Salatin is a prophet for organic food and he runs a profitable farm in western Virginia. In this book, he discusses how to make a farm profitable-avoiding debt, getting a base of end user clients, and using one's resources efficiently. This is NOT a how-to book. It is, as its title implies, a book for encouragement and to push one into the right direction.

Farmers in America are encouraged to be the lowest rung on a massive ladder , Salatin seeks to break this situation.

A great read for anyone from a farmer, to a gardener.

About Joel Joel F. Salatin (born 1957) is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef.

Salatin raises livestock using holistic methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Meat from the farm is sold by direct-marketing to consumers and restaurants.

Salatin's parents had bought the land that became Polyface after losing a farm in Venezuela to political turmoil. They had raised cattle using organic methods, but could not make a living at farming alone.

Salatin, a self-described "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-Farmer" produces high-quality "beyond organic" meats, which are raised using environmentally responsible, ecologically beneficial, sustainable agriculture. Jo Robinson, the author of Pasture Perfect: The Far-Reaching Benefits of Choosing Meat, Eggs and Dairy Products From Grass-Fed Animals (2004) said of Salatin, "He's not going back to the old model. There's nothing in county extension or old-fashioned ag science that really informs him. He is just looking totally afresh at how to maximize production in an integrated system on a holistic farm. He's just totally innovative."

Salatin considers his farming a ministry, and he condemns the negative impact on his livelihood and lifestyle of what he considers an increasingly regulatory approach taken by the agencies of the United States government toward farming. Salatin now spends a hundred days a year lecturing at colleges and to environmental groups.

You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise

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