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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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5 Jan 2012
From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In this book 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 shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact. Hailed by the NY 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, Salatin understands what food should be: Wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly and eaten with 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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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892968192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892968190
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.1 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 747,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as 'high priest of the pasture,' has become the new voice of clean, local, healthy eating by urging people to take a better look at their food: What's in it, where is it coming from and how did it get the table? Salatin is a man with a message for all of us in his new book, FOLKS,THIS AIN'T NORMAL.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 12 May 2013
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I long to taste Joel's pastured meat and diary. I love his solutions oriented thinking . My new idol... Buy it, you won't regret it.
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The book is about how modern civilization has centralized the food chain and why this is dangerous. Food production and processing nowadays is in the hands of only a few. This is not good for the quality of food (even if it is "organic"). Joel Salatin explains why in simple terms. The book is funny, easy to read and enjoyable.
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I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I bought another of his books which is just as good. I hoped it might have more practical information regarding farming at poly face farm but it's more of a journal of experiences and opinions. It will have you laughing every time you pick it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 11 Oct 2011
By Jamé - Published on
Why do I love this book? There are so many reasons. It's a book I was not able to put down or stop thinking about. It made me feel frustrated and hopeful all at the same time. It is funny and insightful. I care about my food and how it is raised. I want my kids to be allergy free and play in the woods. I want to curl up next to a real wood fire after a long day of working hard and sweating. I want to eat eggs from happy chickens that I raise free from corn and gmo soy. This book makes me feel like those things are possible. It was a paradigm shift for me. I hope a lot of people read this book and take up the fight for the small local farm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars everyone on Xmas list getting this book 14 Oct 2011
By homesteader - Published on
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Yes folks, we have decided to give this book to everyone on our Christmas list this year. I am reading this book on my Droid in Kindle format and can not put it down. I have known Joel personally for more than a dozen years and he was one of my mentors as I started my own pastured poultry farm coming from a CAFO poultry background. So needless to say, there is little in this book which is new to me but he tells it in style and in a way which is so much more effective than any way I could say it. But for the average person this book will be a different perspective. What he says has great universal truth, from how to raise children to how to heal the planet.

For me, my great hope is that this book does become number ONE on the NY Times best seller list for the more people who read this book, then a better world we will have. This book is a must read by all who want a better world.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book...and then pass it on to a friend 21 Oct 2011
By Ruby Green - Published on
Joel Salatin is a genius, and in my opinion, a hero of the people. If you have an inkling of doubt about mainstream food sources or want to know if "organic" is really the way to go, you will get a LOT from this book. There is so much about the current mainstream food ideology that are fabrications of mega food corporations and government agencies. The current system is in place to crank out huge profits, not to promote health and nutrition for citizens. I have read several books on food issues, and this one ranks in the top 2-3 for me. It definitely adds a new angle that cannot be found in other literature on the subject (namely more detail on food policy/legislation, which blew my mind!). More people need to be enlightened to the honest, historically-supported truth that America's approach to food AIN'T NORMAL. Amen, Joel! Please read/listen to this book, and then share it with a friend!
68 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE! 10 Oct 2011
By Rashel - Published on
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Greatest book. We pre-ordered this book expecting it to be awesome, and it is! My husband and I have been reading it aloud every morning during coffee time. It's an inspiring book. Encouraging us to get off our hineys and do something! Anything, just get off the couch and stop accepting the status quo and THINK! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Moves the Dialogue 20 Oct 2011
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Mr. Salatin is a wonderful writer, but he's an even better thinker. I have read many books in the save-the-world, save-the-economy, save-the-ecosystem, be-a-farmer genres, and this is the best. It covers all the bases, from oppressive, size-inappropriate regulations to saving water. When I read McKibben's "Deep Economy," I found myself wishing he had more of a farmer's viewpoint since nourishing the soil, the plants, the animals, and ultimately, us'n, is all about farming the way Salatin farms. This is the McKibben-type book that we have needed - with a nourishing sense of humor, a bracing courage to call out the bad guys, and a constructive approach which everyone can use, whether it's the next dollar you spend on food or your plans for a southern window-ledge or a plot of land to do it yourself. Read this book and understand what we have to do in America to untangle ourselves from the mess we are in, because folks, it ain't normal.
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