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

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Center Street, Oct 10, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 384 pages
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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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Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

User Review  - Kelsy Peterson - Book Verdict

Virginia farmer Salatin laments that Americans have lost their "historically normal" agrarian knowledge and, consequently, the ability to make intelligent decisions about their food. Salatin gained ... Read full review

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I like the humor in the book, since we live on a farm, so his humor was appreciated and the stories I could identify with.
As far as content goes, most of it is not really too revealing. It's like
he's master of the obvious, "200 years ago everyone knew how to pluck a chicken", which is true, but again, not a revelation. He must mention Polyface farm a few hundred times too. It would suffice to say " on our farm"...we know it's Polyface after the first 50 times he mentions it :)
A good read if you're a city person or a wannabee farmer, entertaining, but you won't come away with a ton of new information.

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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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