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Read ✓ Folks This Aint Normal By Joel Salatin – ❴Reading❵ ➿ Folks This Aint Normal Author Joel Salatin – 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 livin From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view life in the Folks This PDF or st 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 impactSalatin 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 uality 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 eual measure make FOLKS THIS AIN'T NORMAL a must read book.

10 thoughts on “Folks This Aint Normal

  1. Erica Erica says:

    I'm about 13 the way into this book I've had to return it because there are other people on hold for it and I find Mr Salatin to be something of a hypocrite The funny thing is that I generally agree with many of his over arching ideas but the guy just comes across as a major jerk and I have a hard time taking him seriously He's got some good points and some great ideas but he delivers them like a crusty old man cane in the air yelling Back in MY day you whippersnappers wouldn't have survived ten minutes and because of that the world is falling apartHe seems defensive about so many things that I don't find enjoyment in his thoughts on working in harmony with the land His story is similar to Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle A Year of Food Life but while I found hers to be inspiring enlightening funny and generally uplifting I find his to be preachy attempting to induce guilt self righteous and pretentiousI know he said he loves debate and maybe he feels that's what gives him license to foist his opinions upon his audience in an aggressive and sometimes unpleasant fashion Maybe that's what lets him judge others in the exact same way he hates being judged Maybe that's what allows him to label me a tattooed and pierced video game player as aberrant though I also grow my own garlic have butchered chickens and gatherchop firewood every summer It just seems to me that someone who lauds the concept of balance with the land on the farm in life cannot seem to understand the idea of balance among society Not all of us can or want to be farmers It's ok to be an accountant It's ok to be a surfer It's ok to be a video game developer All these people make our society a much rich place than it would be were we all farmersI think he's absolutely right people should be aware of how the earth works but I think he could probably probably learn some lessons as to how the world worksI plan to finish reading the book as pugnacious as I am finding the author I have learned two things so far the various names for bovine and the existence of Small Plot Intensive Farming something I plan to look into and any book that teaches me stuff regardless of my opinion of the author deserves to be finishedUPDATE It took a long long time but I grudgingly finished this book I got a lot out of it but this guy seriously irritates me so it was hard to separate the wheat from the chaff which is something he explains in one of the chapters so look at me being all relevant and cutesy at the same timeI would have liked bibliographical references I can go through the effort of fact checking his information but I would have liked to have had a list of resources as a starting point were I to be so ambitious As I've mentioned in other reviews it is difficult to take someone seriously when they spout facts and don't offer backup To me that means the person's facts can only be regarded as opinionSome of my takeaways I need to be better about personal water conservation I'm in Colorado and he mentions that keeping rain barrels is illegal However I've come across some conflicting information so now this is a point I will need to research If I truly can keep rain barrels now I will definitely begin to do so I can feel pretty good about my own personal efforts to live responsibly I do compost I garden my husband makes our bread we still buy flour but we try to buy healthy flour I buy local when possible and we try to support our community as much as possible I don't want to be a farmer While the idea is charming and wonderful the reality is a bit much for me I like to solve problems but I'm not great at logistics and running a household taxes my limited capabilities as it is I couldn't do a whole farm However I have even greater appreciation for the traditional farms in my area I'm fairly proud of my early education One of the things Salatin harped on in a chapter is how farmers are looked down upon and no one would ever think of farming as a career opportunity As I was growing up farming was always shown to be a viable occupation In my community farmers are another type of civil servant They may not be governmental entities but they exist for the betterment of the community much like teachers firefighters police officers librarians what a shameless self plug right?? and everyone else who works to help their neighbors and knows they won't be paid much to do so Maybe that's why there were so many kids in 4 H when I was in school; farming was never seen as a hick thing to do It was actual career option and was taken seriously Mostly though I just want to shove Mr Salatin into a pile of his own pig manure and tell him that if he wants to get his message across he might try being less of a sarcastic bully and instead think about being welcoming to people who might be interested in changing the way they live but don't know how to go about doing soI would definitely recommend Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle A Year of Food Life over this book Thank goodness Salatin also recognizes the power of Kingsolver's work; I'd have had to truly ignore him otherwise

  2. Tara Tara says:

    If I had read this ten years ago I would of been tearing my hair out given it 3 stars and written a long obnoxious review about how of course he's right about some things but if he would only open his eyes and accept that if we got real reform and the right laws passed and cleaned up our institutions everything would be fixedOn this day though after reading many off the beaten path books through many years after many afternoons sitting in inner cities with foster kids thinking about the welfare state after many days standing in someone else's kitchen thinking about outsourcing work and industrialization and modernity many years having listened to office resident peers treat my caregiving jobs as not real work done by failures and being fascinated by the grotesue elitism and disconnect after pondering the prescriptions offered by a for profit world dreamless of anything except uantity; well on this day I say there were less than half a dozen paragraphssentiments I disagreed with And he earned those disagreements even those very few slippery connections and rants which burst forth from him; him a man profoundly horrified the cycle of misery abuse and degradation created by our elites in their uest for power I'm bemused by the reviews which fault him for daring to connect video game culture travel addicted culture or work outside the home culture to the destruction of the earth We all have our little idols and pleasures of course But coltan mining resource extraction the psychological misery which makes people dependent on the pharmaceutical industry not to mention the video game and medical industries horrific pollution; well read a little bit about those things and then go ahead and fault Salatin for seeing the bigger picture I accept that my laptop and my record player and my thousands of printed books are dependent upon an infrastructure which should never of existed I'm willing to lose them to create a healthier world a world which I think offers its own gifts that we've just lost the sensory and emotional ability to appreciate It's great you have chickens in the backyard but is gaming so precious you're willing to wreck the Congo for it? Willing to set up the trash heaps in Ghana? At what point do we accept limits for ourselves for our wants and dreams and not just cast stones at the corporations who have simply so often given us the bread and circuses we demanded?I have profound respect for Salatin For that reason I think part of the ending of the book is worth uoting and worth keeping in mind by our yuppies technocrats pro future anything pro science can do no wrong even though I never ask whose science whose rationality whose bias Here they areLong after we've experimented with the final bizarre thing to feed cows they will still do best eating grass After we've exhausted the drugs vaccines and transgenic modification our animals will still want to express their distinctives live in historically normal habitats and fill their traditional roleLong after the final i gadget has been discovered we'll still yearn for hugs kisses and personal conversations When we've traveled to the last exotic place and finished participating in the last recreational or entertainment venue on our list we will want a haven and we will call it homeI'm surrounded by loving family multiple generations I'm surrounded by enthusiastic young people I'm surrounded by land that I've watched heal over these last fifty years from a worn out gullied mess to verdant pastures supporting poultry cows pigs and rabbits The intensity of my feelings springs from the intimacy of my knowledge of this place its surroundings the weather patterns the seasons I believe this is historically normal and I covet that for others Now go be a normal person

  3. Melissa Melissa says:

    Joel Salatin can be a little too folksy at times I have a feeling that if he I were to sit down talk politics we might shortly start shouting at each other He tends to over generalize about people whose views he dislikes; for example it's an awfully big leap to assume that a woman who complains to her HOA about a neighbor's tomato plant is also a Democrat This does not make him even one iota wrong about the state of food in this country however There is information within this book that will make your blood boil and this is in spite of the fact that he never even really discusses the atrocities we routinely commit against animals so we can turn them into food That books like this can even be published makes me try to stay hopeful There are options out there and they increase every day in spite of the efforts of ConAgra and the USDA The people talk about where our food comes from the this subject becomes something people actually discuss the alternatives people have to going to King Sooper's and buying some sad chicken carcass that's covered with feces campylobacter the better off everyone will be

  4. Wendy Wendy says:

    I think Joel does great work regarding farming and food production But im not reviewing Joel or even his philospohy This is a book review and what I'm disappointed about t is the patronizing tone Page 168 I have news for you That lumber doesn't grow there in a hardware shop Not exactly news to me Is it to you? There are many examples like that which I found annoying To even elect to pick up this book suggests the reader has an interest in health food and the environment There is also probably good reason to believe the reader has some knowledge in these areas and supports Joel's ideals So why does he write a book that repeatedly tells his readers they are ignorant fools? Other than the tone I found much of the book interesting Had he acknowledged his readers better it would have made sense to me

  5. Tuck Tuck says:

    Joe salatin has become famous over the decades as a Virginia farmer who uses older folkways of farming to successfully have a modern and profitable farm So he does not use any chemicals or pharmaceuticals in his rather large livestock operation but rather composted fertilizers and symbiotic animal living for soil and animal health respectively And has been wildly successful from about 100 acres of arable and 400 of woodsforest he and his family have taken a highly eroded and worn out farm and now raises and sells thousands of pounds of grass fed beef pasture chickens acorn hogs pasture rabbits eggs He says what is normal both in farming and in commerce is the way usa had been doing it for that last 150 years not the last 30 he is a libertarian and radical so some of his ideas are completely nuts but also some are very practical and commonsensical uite an eye opening book about federal govt protection of industrial food system and the persecution of the little guy He says to eat local and close to get to know the farmers who grow your food and to not use chemical and transgenic and big pharma as it is bad for us and the earth I think we should listen to him and try to do what he saysps i am not doing justice at all to this book as it is completely packed to the gills with facts opinions wild mood swings wild topic swings and well about 400 pages of salatin rant which is euivalent to having a rather folksy libertarian funny mostly interesting but sometimes infuriating encyclopedia dumped into your brain

  6. Ken Ken says:

    This is The Omnivore's Dilemma with a teaspoon of local yokel and a tablespoon of political swagger Author Joel Salatin is a proud foodie libertarian and if you sense an oxymoron in that pairing you'll need to read his no nonsense book to get the lowdown Yep Joel wants to kick some ass Mostly big government ass Strangely enough he finds himself allied with all the liberal Democrat foodies when it comes down to what we should be eating It's the government that drives him mad The food police as he calls them who hide under the auspices of letters like FDA and USDA and FSIS and do their best to put little guys read your local farmer out of business with onerous regulations and expensive licenses that only the big boys Monsanto Cargill Tyson et al can afford How convenient The very Big Food players who rotate employees and lawyers with the US government in the name of protecting us As Joel says repeatedly in this book Folks this ain't normalSalatin is not only a farmer he's a scientist who's done his homework on health nutrition and agriculture As he points out there are scientists and there are scientists When the government lays out food rules in favor of Big Food they always do it in the name of science but it's the same science that advocates genetic modification of food irradiation of food wholesale use of pesticides herbicides and gassing cloning additives mass vaccinations and antibiotics CAFOs etc Right Science in Big Food's back pocket Scientists and lawyers who supposedly know about food than your local farmer does Folks this ain't normalAnd if you think having a Democrat in the White House whose wife is into health nutrition and gardening is of some comfort think again Salatin writes President Obama named Michael Taylor the longtime Monsanto attorney who shepherded transgenic modification into the world as his food czar Taylor will be officially interpreting what the Food Modernization Act's demand for 'science based' food reuirements means This phrase brand new in history is used eleven times in the final law Whose science will it be?In a word Monsanto's Oh And President Obama's whose selection for Sec of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is also in bed with Big Food and their bankrolled scientistsMore vintage SalatinFood safety is completely subjective I don't think for a minute that most of what's in the supermarket is safe But it's been deemed safe because it only kills you slowly While thousands of people die due to unnatural food and nutrient deprived food the food police go after a cottage industry cheesemaker because two people get diarrheaThe chapters is this book run the gamut from dissertations on composting toilets to down and dirty agronomy lessons to yes even Obamacare stretching it but it came with his Libertarian rant so clearly you may enjoy some parts than others Still Salatin's is an interesting voice And an informative one And certainly a lively oneI may not agree with 100% of what Joel Salatin writes but I agree with the vast majority right down to the fact that libertarians and foodies make strange bedfellows who might just find good reason before it's too late join forces and defeat the well heeled and entrenched dragons that besiege us from WashingtonIf you care about food you should give it a read

  7. Julie Julie says:

    A definite meh I was looking for down to earth validation than preachy libertarianism What I heard blah blah blah blah blah Not that I don't agree with some of his practices and suggestions as those who are truly aligned with the land would hear but I was drowning in full throated white noise because of an inherent arrogance that runs like a spine throughout the book I found this book as annoying as Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle A Year of Food Life which I reviewed hereA soap box for an entitled farmer is how it sounded to my ears Too much talk about profit not enough about land stewardship Took me forever to read it for obvious reasons Doubly disappointed because I first heard of Salatin by having read The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan whom I greatly admire My review for that one can be read hereI did emerge with a handful of pithy uotes but suddenly it's not even worth bothering about

  8. Michael Michael says:

    I'm a big fan of Joel Salatin I first came across him in the excellent documentary Food Inc then read about his Polyface farm in The Omnivore's Dilemma He's written several books; Folks This Ain't Normal is his newest and the only one I've read so far I'll write my review in two sections because I had two strong reactions to the bookFirst Joel Salatin makes farming seem like the most interesting thing in the world His farm and I am simplifying here takes sunlight turns it into grass that's eaten by cows who produce protein via milk and meat His chickens eat the bugs out of the cow poop and produce eggs Pigs trample the cow poop mixed in with hay to create compost which is used on the grass Salatin has essentially created a closed system of food production that runs on sunlight uses no drugs or chemicals and creates incredibly healthy food His work is both simple and profound So as a book about the workings of Polyface Farm this is great I learned a ton about artisanal and heritage foods as well as how difficult it is for small farmers and producers to get their products to market Also Salatin does a wonderful job demolishing the moral vanity of the we're vegetarianswe only shop at Whole FoodsWe only buy organic crowd by describing the true costs associated with these choices Bravo and this is coming from a guy who probably fits into that particular groupWhich brings me to my second reaction Reading about the governmental regulations farmers like Salatin face makes me want to join a militia and revolt The confluence between Big Ag Big Pharma and Big Government is staggering The USDA essentially works for Monsanto Tyson and other massive business interests who use lobbyists to create a business climate that is deeply inimical to the needs of small farmers It's no wonder people don't farm any they uite literally are regulated out of business The inconsistencies contradictions and ham handedness of the government is remarkable I found myself becoming uite angry as I read uite angry Another related part of the book that was disturbing was Salatin's discussion of the inheritance tax Basically if farmland is rezoned by some bureaucrat as commercial land or as agricultural land which is what it is of course but bear with me instead of regular old land the price of the land increases dramatically Not only does this cause small farmers to face huge tax bills but it makes farms land rich money poor eligible for the inheritance tax So imagine a situation where your parents buy five acres of land for 10000 in the 1940s Nothing special about it; just land Some zipper head in the county offices decides that your parent's land is now commercial land and it's worth 1000000 fifty years later Sure your parents could sell the land and make a tidy profit but if they want you to inherit the land and continue farmingyou need to come up some some ridiculous amount of money to pay the inheritance tax Same land Same farm Big chunk to Uncle Sam to 'spread the wealth around' as a famous Marxist recently put it Just reading about this made me want to take up arms This is an excellent and informative book about how food is produced and not produced in America It is also an eye opener with regard to how much control the government and big business want to have over what we eat Each day that goes by makes me want to move far away from people and go live in the woods of Maine Each day I realize how much freedom we have ceded to Washington in the name of things like security and euity This book has certainly added fuel to that particular fire

  9. Cathy Cathy says:

    This was a very interesting book How is life different than it was a scant 80 to 100 years ago? Dramatically People particularly American people are for the most part completely disconnected to their basic needs Food water energy heat all essential for life are provided to us by some process we mostly don't understand If we suddenly found ourselves without them or the means to procure them we would all literally die for lack of knowing how to get them ourselves In a word we are dependent Not only is this not normal it's downright dangerous Salatin uses good humor some cutting sarcasm but mostly gentle urging to explain to us the importance of getting back to our umbilical connection to the earth God gave us And he offers advice on how to do it beginning with making friends with your local farmer and knowing where your food comes from Plant a garden start a compost bin join a CSA learn how to make a cystern to collect and store rain water learn how to can eat real food These are all things that if seriously pursued can only help ourselves and our environment Even if you're a died in the wood city girlor boy like myself there are things you can probably go out and do right now to make a contribution to normalcy I started an herb planter in my kitchen this week The seeds have sprouted and grown nearly three inches in a little over a week I feel better already

  10. Natalie Natalie says:

    As someone who lived in South America once upon a time who saw what life is like when food is LOCAL little shops on every corner people who rode big huge tricycles through the streets selling rabbit milk open air feriasfarmer's markets etc and loved every minute of it this book resonated with meDid you know that before 1946 there were no supermarkets? Well that's what Joel Salatin says I have yet to fact check it and I need to feed my kids breakfast so I can't right now sorryI know now why I cannot stand big huge florescent light filled supermarkets with rows and rows of boxes They confuse me They are too big I cannot stand the fact that our food travels all over the country and we don't know how it was made or who made itStamp USDA approved on something and trust that it is safe But really the same people who call high fructose laden food safe deems farm fresh milk unsafe?Ugh my heart gets all pitter patter y and frustrated when I think of the state of food in the world nowSo I will write about something else that I learned from the book It's a small tidbit but it made an impression on me Joel talked about teaching kids to work He wondered why we have youth that is up in the middle of the night making trouble He wrote about how the apprentices on his farm go to bed as soon as possible because they are so tiredThis is what I want to teach my children There is value in good old fashioned work It is soul satisfying to see something grow to take care of an animal who happily runs up to the fence in the paddock to see you to create something out of nothing More than anything I desire this for my children and for myself that we can make the most of our days as we work and learn togetherAll in all a good book Check it out It is full of common sense when it comes to what is normal in our food supply

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