Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Salatin: “Folks This Ain't Normal”

A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People and A Better World

Joel Salatin is the owner of Polyface Farms and author of Folks This Ain't Normal. He is hailed by The New York Times as "Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture" and is a leading spokesperson for local, sustainable food systems.

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. He understands what food should be: wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life.

From reading the first chapter (link to download it is on the page linked above), I'd say he's right on target about how our general food supply isn't normal (or healthy) anymore.


  1. Sounds like one I'd like to read! (But... I don't want to just read...I want to "do"!!!)

    Seems like I have a lot of "dreams" and knowledge, but still no Jersey, chickens, goats...


  2. We MUST have dreams and visions for the future. Only then can we manifest the reality!

  3. That sounds like a good book, but the person doing the interview struck me as a little less than professional . . .

  4. Oh, I don't know how good the book will be compared to other books in general.

    I DO know he has been championing healthy ways to grow food, including animals as food, for a long time. For that alone he deserves credit.


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