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Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World Hardcover – Oct 10 2011


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (Oct. 10 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892968192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892968190
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.1 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 5paulson on Dec 5 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just a great book, great for anyone to read who is wondering why ethically raised meat is better for everyone and the earth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By recipe4life on March 10 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book should be read by everyone! Easy ways to make a difference in our consumption of everything, not just food. Teach it to your children, their future depends on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sharon chamberlain on Jan. 14 2013
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An easy read with lots of practical information and just enough humour. Makes a great gift for anyone Interested in learning how we have not always come a long way baby!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacqui Denomme on Feb. 11 2013
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I first encountered Joel Salatin on the DVD "Fresh" Fresh. I was so taken with the clip of him on his farm that I watched the program again, just to rewatch that clip. Then, I watched it a third time with my bf. I'd previously read about Joel Salatin in books by Michael Pollan and was taken with his operation, but it was actually seeing video of his Polyface farm that won me over and made me start seeking out books written by him.

I was able to find this one at my local library and after reading it went on to order Redeeming the Earth Redeeming the Earthfrom Amazon which I have not yet received.

Not only did I read and enjoy "Folks This Ain't Normal" but I've since recommended it to my friends and have been walking around thinking about Salatin's philosophy and how it can apply on some level to urbanites like myself and how we as individuals and communities can support our sustainable farmers with our passion and our dollars.

So, that is a bit of background. Now, on with the book itself. Unfortunately, I no longer have the book in hand, although I might end up buying a copy of my own just to have it and to share so I am doing this by the seat of my pants as it were.

Content: Joel Salatin covers all of the ground you would want to have covered if you were a farmer looking for inspiration for your own sustainable operation, from feeding the soil and cultivating perennial grasses (very high on his lists of musts) to navigating the bureaucracy in getting your produce from field to fork.
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By cellomerl on July 3 2014
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Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin ⭐️⭐️⭐️At first look, this is a book about natural farming methods, but at its heart it is about individual choice and having control over one's life and affairs in an over-regulated modern society dominated by corporate commercial interests.
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When I bought this, I was expecting more of a 'how to' book but instead I found myself reading a 'why' book. And it's a great why! I'm glad this was my first read of Joel's work as I now feel I have a better understanding of this lunatic farmer.

This book is Joel's description of everything that's wrong in the world of food production and what he feels normal should look like. And I can honestly say I had no idea there was that much wrong in America's food system. Being Canadian, I wonder how many of those systems have been translated across the border into 'the true north strong and free.'

After reading this, I'm inspired to reach out to specific local farmers, engage them and learn about their operations. I already know one local grass fed beef producer and intend to give him a lot more business. Now to find those poultry and produce producers with an open farm gate policy!
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