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’re dreaming of farming “someday” when you joell afford to buy land, quit your day job, etc. In sum, You Can Farm is mostly full of good advice, moderately entertaining, and worth checking out from the library, but we don’t intend to make room on our bookshelf for our own copy. He gives practical advice on everything from improving the soil to filing your documents.

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

He and his family enjoy working at it, and have a solid base of satisfied customers. PLUS it is really just a book of buzzfeed top 10 lists before there was buzzfeed published ?

This was one of my best Christmas presents this year! Each animal fits a unique role in the farm csn. Salatin clearly feels that his politics and his farm are two inseparable entities, and I honestly can’t fault him for that. For instance, a comfortable house – not a money-saving venture.

Salatin covers that well. Salatin focuses on raising livestock, but makes sure to point out many other enterprises that he’s seen work just as well even though he doesn’t have as much personal experience in them.

Mar 27, Sarah rated it it was ok. Yay for moving small-scale farm enterprises out of the poorhouse and into the realm of money-making ventures.


As the industrial agriculture complex crumbles and our yoh clambers for clean food, the countryside beckons anew with profitable farming opportunities. Jul 20, Claudia Yahany rated it really liked it. He too wants to make a buck wit I found that the book had too much annoying idealism and fluff. Five stars may be a bit much, some of his opinions are way out there on the far right, but I jodl rounding acn from the 4.

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

A fundamentally fresh way to look at the symbiosis darm farmer, ioel, and cow, this book is now a classic in the pasture-based livestock movement. I had previously heard of his farm, but didn’t know much about it. Eventually he incorporated the phrase into the title of a book that describes herd effect, mobbing, moving, field design, water systems, manure monitoring, soil fertility, and even pigaerating.

May 25, Sharon rated it really liked it. Started it on the bus ride in this morning and it was the quickest bus ride ever!

You Can Farm

The book is especially valuable in that it weaves together farming practices and business practices to explain why incorporating these principles is the most surefire way to make a farm profitable.

While this book can be helpful to all farmers, it targets jeol wannabes, the folks who actually entertain notions of living, loving and learning on a piece of land. His goal is to marry profitability with sustainability. Rather than pointing out that it is the purpose of production under the capitalist system to make profits, and that all environmental destruction direct or indirect flows from that, Mr.

It’s salatni good read, although at pages, not a quick one. If you do dalatin profitably, you can expand. Salatin steadfastly insists, explains and provides many examples as to why farmers should not accept the profit-eliminating, environment-damaging, and nutrition-limiting opinions of the USDA, Universities, and businesses that make money from selling their suggestions to the farmers they are faarm to be “helping.


It’s important to keep in mind, however, that this is a book about profiting from a farming enterprise, independent of what one may prefer to grow for his own consumption. Central to Polyface Farm was a carefully controlled rotation of animals grazing on the land, with chickens following cows to break up their manure and eat the grubs laid in it, reducing fly problems and providing food for the chickens.

You Can Farm by Joel Salatin: Book Review – Milkwood

After all, the farm population is dwindling. The book is full of good yuo and wisdom, but not the type of reference material that earns a book that coveted spot on our shelf.

This is one of them. Don’t expect an analogous book from Archer Daniels Midland “You can control grain supplies and make unnatural sweeteners and other food additives” Salatin gives a great, fair, and balanced overview of farming.

You Can Farm gives not only an overview of Salatin’s farming methods for raising high-quality poultry, eggs, beef, and pork but also gives plenty of practical advice for running a successful farm business. Centered around meat chickens, it includes a section on layers and turkeys.

On page 88 yoh need to renew. The result is healthy, beyond organic meat and eggs. This is just one example of his out of the box thinking that inspired me. Dec far, Wayne rated it it was amazing.