Books

An ongoing collection of helpful books and authors:

First I have to credit Joel Salatin.  I’ve never met him, but he is my mentor for most things I do here at the farm.  His farming style is spot on.  We don’t see eye-to-eye on politics or religion, and he does write talk about them a lot in his books, but he is personally responsible for much of the resurgence in small agriculture.  If all farmers followed his models the global agricultural scene would be very different- and better without a doubt.  But the fact is he is still largely unknown.

Books of Joel’s that I have read and recommend.  He has more books that I haven’t read yet.

A how to book about raising meat chickens (broilers) on pasture.

A how to book about raising meat chickens (broilers) on pasture.

A how to book about raising grass fed beef (he calls it Salad Bar Beef because they eat a lot more than just grass).

A how to book about raising grass fed beef (he calls it Salad Bar Beef because they eat a lot more than just grass).

Brief glimpses in how to farm, but a fun book about how it all fits together and how government is really screwing up the farming world in their attempts to help.

Brief glimpses in how to farm, but a fun book about how it all fits together and how government is really screwing up the farming world in their attempts to help.

Not as good as some of the others, but a great idea book as well.

Not as good as some of the others, but a great idea book as well.

This is not a how-to book, this is a idea book. Full of inspiration and encouragement.

This is not a how-to book, this is an idea book. Full of inspiration and encouragement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enough about Joel for awhile.  Realize for every book we’ve read, there are other similar books out there that we haven’t read.  That being said, some books are just great.

Here is one of those books about gardening.  The target audience is people who are new to gardening but want to grow most of their own food.

How to garden, compost, butcher chickens... This was Brett's first book, he has a lot more out there now.

How to garden, compost, butcher chickens… This was Brett’s first book, he has a lot more out there now.

OK, so you made it through all of those books and you are in for the nitty gritty.  If you want to raise animals on grass pasture, here is your encyclopedia.

Get your highlighter ready.

Get your highlighter ready.

This book goes in to detail about grass.  In order to have good pasture, you need to know what makes grass happy.  When to graze, how to graze, when not to graze…  Very technical but no fancy language, just a lot of knowledge from one smart dude.  Interestingly, when I bought this book it was say Dec 10, 2012.  It was printed on Dec 12, 2012 and in my mailbox on Dec 14, 2012.  Pretty cool.

Stay tuned, I’ll add more as I go.  I’m a non-fiction reader for the most part.  Who has time for fiction when there is so much knowledge out there?

I hate to admit it, but one of my favorite movie lines is from Good Will Hunting.  Matt Damon’s character is berating a bunch of Harvard undergrads,  “Look at you guys, spending $30,000 a year being spoon fed regurgitated information when everything I know I learned at the library for $10 in overdue fines.”  That’s not exactly what he said, but you get the point.  Why am I writing this again?

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