Family Friendly Farming: A Multi-Generational Home-Based Business Testament

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Saving the landscape, rebuilding entrepreneurial rural families, and protecting nutritious food are the themes of this timeless treatise-hence the word "testament." Delving into the soul of the Salatin family's nationally acclaimed Polyface Farm, author Joel Salatin offers Family Friendly Farming as the key to dealing with resource issues, food policy, and social fabric.

With humor and personal stories, he opens his family and farm convictions for all to see, share, and enjoy. ...

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Overview

Saving the landscape, rebuilding entrepreneurial rural families, and protecting nutritious food are the themes of this timeless treatise-hence the word "testament." Delving into the soul of the Salatin family's nationally acclaimed Polyface Farm, author Joel Salatin offers Family Friendly Farming as the key to dealing with resource issues, food policy, and social fabric.

With humor and personal stories, he opens his family and farm convictions for all to see, share, and enjoy. Written from his unabashed "Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist" perspective, his ideas are guaranteed to encourage and challenge virtually every "ism" in the culture. It will captivate anyone passionate about healing the land, healing families, and healing the food supply.

For several decades young people have been leaving the family farm. The ones left behind are now responsible for society's greatest resources: clean land and clean food. Anyone dedicated to preserving these resources will find in these pages a nongovernmental, self-empowerment approach to environmentalism and food safety.

The heart of this book is aimed toward parents tired of their Dilbert cubicle at the end of the expressway who want to reconnect with their children through a pastoral lifestyle. It's written for anyone who yearns to grow old working with and being adored by value-sharing grandchildren and honored by passionate, productive adult children. Family Friendly Farming can make any family business more viable and any family more functional.

The ten-chapter section on how to get the kids to love the farm is an invaluable addition to any collection of child-rearing manuals. Salatin moves from the family team-building section into a practical discussion on how to increase income per acre and create new, white-collar salaries without buying more land, equipment, or buildings. He deals with the unique and thorny issues surrounding any family business by using his own multi-generational family farm experience as his base for insight and wisdom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963810939
  • Publisher: Polyface Farms, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: Polyface Titles Ser.
  • Pages: 402
  • Sales rank: 647,162
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, arguably the nation's most famous farm since it was profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times bestseller, The Omnivore's Dilemma and two subsequent documentaries, Food, Inc., and Fresh. An accomplished author and public speaker, Salatin has authored seven books. Recognition for his ecological and local-based farming advocacy includes an honorary doctorate, the Heinz Award, and many leadership awards.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
1. Perspective
2. My Vision
3. Growing Up on Our Farm
4. Money: Cultivating a Proper View
5. Goal Setting
5. Appropriate Size: Growth Has a Down Side
6. Making the Break from Outside Employment
7. Restoring Community
8. 10 Commandments for Making the Kids Love the Farm
9. Integration into Every Aspect
10. Love to Work
11. Give Freedom
12. Create Investment Opportunities
13. Maintain Humor
14. Pay the Children
15. Praise, Praise, Praise
16. Enjoy Your Vocation
17. Back Off from Personal Domains
18. Romancing the Next Generation
19. Pleasant Farms: Aesthetic and Aromatic
20. Creating Safe Models
21. Multiple Use Infrastructure
22. Complementary Enterprises
23. Creating a Sense of Plenty
24. Family Development
25. Greenhouse Kids
26. Socialization: No Hermits Here
27. Baggage: Dealing with It
28. Noble Literature
29. Balancing Stimuli: You Can't Do Everything
30. Family Council
31. 10 Deadly Destructive Deeds
32. Nutrition and Lifestyle
33. A Sacred Work
34. Industry vs. Biology
35. Developing a Sense of Ministry
36. Business Charity
37. Multi-Generational Transfer
38. Retirement: An Alternative View
39. Inheritance: Performance Distribution
40. But We Don't Have Children
41. Summary
Appendix A
Index

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Better Than Expected

    This book does not give many details about farming or how to go about starting a farm with kids, but more or less outlines a value system for raising kids. It really made me think and challenge some of my thoughts on society/politics/government, it opened windows to new ways of seeing things. As a city parent, it did give me a bit of a guilt trip, but didn't leave me feeling hopeless -- Salatin is quite encouraging actually. He offers many ideas on how to develop character, confidence and ingenuity in your kids, and truly appears sympathetic to those who do not see what he sees -- the potential for greatness (of oneself, one's family, one's farm) as well as the understanding of, earnestness for, and appreciation of the work it takes.

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