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Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World [Hardcover]

Joel Salatin
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Book Description

Oct. 10 2011
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. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.

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 bestselling 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--make FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL a must-read book.

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"Joel Salatin might seem like a vision of our agrarian past, but in fact, he's distinctly modern, looking beyond the conventional toward a new "normal" based on community, ecology, and flavor, too. Salatin's book is as practical as it is reflective; as necessary as it is radical."—Dan Barber, Chef/Co-Owner, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns

"Joel Salatin is a down-to-earth 21st century pioneer, one of those rare contrarian thinkers whose words and work have the power to transform the way a generation thinks. 'Folks This Ain't Normal' will help seed the new nature movement and inspire people everywhere -- especially young people in need of some practical hope. And here's the bonus: The book is great fun to read. Sacred cows beware."—Richard Louv, author of "The Nature Principle" and "Last Child in the Woods"

"In Folks, This Ain't Normal, Joel Salatin says it's high time we stopped taking our industrialized food system as a given and instead consider local, sustainable food production as the norm. Good plan. Whether or not you agree with his contention that we would be better off if the government got out of food regulation, his ideas are compellingly written, fun to read, and well worth pondering."—Marion Nestle, Dept. of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, NYU, and author, Food Politics

"Chances are slim you'll agree with everything in this wonderfully cranky book. But I'm almost certain you'll agree that Joel Salatin has earned the right to his convictions, and that they shine a powerful light on some of the paths out of the predicament we find ourselves in as a world."—Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

" one of the most creative, productive and sustainable farmers working in America today...His message is that we eaters can change the world, one meal at a time."—Michael Pollan, in the introduction to Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food

About the Author

Joel Salatin is a third generation family farmer working his land in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley with his wife, Teresa, son Daniel, daughter Rachel and their families. The Salatin Polyface Farm, an organic grass-fed farm, services more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs. Joel Salatin writes extensively in magazines such as Stockman Grass Farmer, Acres USA, and American Agriculture.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book Dec 5 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone must read! March 10 2012
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and informative 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Back to Normal Feb. 11 2013
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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4.0 out of 5 stars root causes 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this Joel Salatin book First! Oct. 23 2013
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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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