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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The Milkwood Newsletter Milkwood. The main thing that was xan in this book was his breakdown of the economics of farming and how creatively a farm can be badly managed and lose money.

You Can Farm

Jul 20, Claudia Yahany rated it really liked it. Feb 25, Chak rated it liked it Shelves: We call this principle “overrunning our headlights. Head to the checkout Empty my basket and order this item instead. I had to stop reading because the book was a rough draft.

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

And then he explains how to do it all, step by step. The book is worth reading even if you are just interested in what his philosophy of farming is and what it would like on a small farm, whether you intend to implement them or not.

Trivia About You Can Farm: 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.

As a supplement to his advice about farming which seems basically sound, at least to an amateur like meSalatin insists on throwing his personal politics into the mix. Return to Book Page. Great advice; in fact, a lot of it is probably not what you were expecting to hear. At the same time, he’s realistic about the hard work, persistence, and creativity needed to succeed.


I was in the process of buying acres when our paths crossed. In the summer, just about everything is on pasture, and cycles through the property to give Salatin multiple crops of each section of land every year. Mar 11, Johnny Bennett rated it really liked it. The most interesting this to me about Salatin’s advice on becoming a farmer is that you don’t need land, at least not right away.

The book is long, so it took a while to read, but the information is well worth the time. Started it on the bus ride in this morning and it was the quickest bus ride ever!

This is one of them. His premise is that farming CAN be a successful enterprise, contra what jkel tend to tell us today. Overall, I would say most of the advice here is still quite applicable For those looking to get a sample of Joel, there is an extensive YouTube selection to choose from.

Salatin focuses on raising livestock, but makes sure to point out many other enterprises cann he’s seen work just as well even though he doesn’t have as much personal experience in them. Salatin just wants to salain out “bad guys”: They have a short shelf life and a fair market value. It takes too much capital to start. Salatin takes Christian stewardship of the earth seriously, and it is a joy to read what this has led fagm to do. He writes about a mentality of long term stewardship, generational mindsets, and low cost lifestyles.

I could really do without all the god talk, mild sexism, and libertarian politics tossed in throughout the book, but otherwise, as a wannabe farmer who has some offbeat ideas and isn’t so interested in a traditional farm, this is far and gou the most helpful book on farming I’ve read.

The author Joel Salatin has the right idea of what farming should and can be like, he stresses working with nature on your farm and not trying to fight against it, he emphasizes the opportunities of a grass based farm and how you can limit your animals feed consumption, and save money to generate more profits. While it is good to point out flawed methods that should have been captured in the scientific peer review process, his wave of the hand toward belief in other areas alternative medicine slatin Usually yoj amount we can spend will equal our experience level.


Pretty soon, you’re managing several acres while still not living on a farm. As the industrial agriculture complex crumbles and our culture clambers for clean food, the countryside beckons anew with profitable farming opportunities.

Too often people dare not even vocalize this desire because it seems absurd.

I found that the book had too much annoying idealism and fluff. Any food production system that stinks up the neighborhood — regardless of how rural — is unacceptable. To ask other readers questions about You Can Farmplease sign up. Centered around meat chickens, it includes a salstin on layers and turkeys.

The author Joel Salatin has the right idea of I read this book because I want to become a farmer after college, I read the book joeel to pick up lots of knowledge and insight into the real world of farming, and I did!

Read this book in year three of our farm journey.

You Can Farm by Joel Salatin at Chelsea Green Publishing

Sunday, June 9, Book Review: I had previously heard of his farm, but didn’t know much about it. A fundamentally fresh way to look at the symbiosis between farmer, field, and cow, this book tou now a classic in the pasture-based livestock movement.

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

The reason this brought the book down a star or two for me were two-fold: However, I gave it three stars because there were so many times Salatin mentions “research” and doesn’t footnote it or provide official sources.