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When Tim and Liz Young decided to leave their comfortable suburban life and become first-time farmers in rural Georgia, they embarked on a journey that would change their lives. The Accidental Farmers reveals how the couple learned that hamburgers, bacon, and eggs don't come from the supermarket but from real animals that forge emotional bonds with their human caretakers. Seeking a middle path between a meatless lifestyle and the barbarism of factory food, Tim ...
When Tim and Liz Young decided to leave their comfortable suburban life and become first-time farmers in rural Georgia, they embarked on a journey that would change their lives. The Accidental Farmers reveals how the couple learned that hamburgers, bacon, and eggs don't come from the supermarket but from real animals that forge emotional bonds with their human caretakers. Seeking a middle path between a meatless lifestyle and the barbarism of factory food, Tim and Liz created Nature's Harmony Farm, a sustainable oasis where rare breed animals and humans live together searching for something nearly lost by both humans and the animals...how to live naturally off the land.
“Tim Young has written a maddeningly enchanting description of how he and his wife Liz decided to dump their successful careers in the corporate world and seek a simpler life of organic farming in harmony with nature. With wit, humor and precision, Tim mesmerizes the reader as he and Liz learn how to achieve a life of harmony with the natural world. I promise you a compellingly delightful read.”
Mildred Armstrong Kalish - author of Little Heathens (New York Times Book Review “One of the 10 Best Books of 2007”)
“Tim and Liz Young describe the many benefits of a return to agrarian life, one of which is a return to vibrant health; because the nutrient-dense meat, fat and organ meats of animals fed on fertile soil is the absolute basis of human health and fertility. In a most compelling way, they present that beautiful equation: healthy soil equals healthy animals equals healthy human beings.”
Sally Fallon Morell - author of “Nourishing Traditions” and President of the Weston A. Price Foundation
“You may have successful job or career but perhaps you are bored to death with it now and looking for something more challenging. If you have always been attracted to rural life, this book is made for you! Tim and Liz Young recount the joys and sorrows along with the victories and defeats of finding success in one of the most challenging professions; not just farming but also farming a totally natural way. I particularly recommend their thoughts on the ‘dark side of farming’ and Tim’s very well reasoned discussion of what financial profit means in farming.”
Gene Logsdon - author of many books including The Contrary Farmer, Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind, and the novel Pope Mary and the Church of Almighty Good Food
Posted June 5, 2012
Summary: If you're interested in a book that you'll learn something from about running a small farm there are better choices.
Tim and Liz Young have a lot to say about farming; they've blogged, they've done interviews,and they're now running a farming forum called farm-dreams. This is a review of the book that they wrote about their farming experiences.
This book is self-published, which is perhaps the easiest way to get published. You really don't have to have anyone proofread or edit it.
Tim decides to become a farmer
Tim had a prettty typical midlife crisis; of confidence, of desire, of goals. Riding horses one day at a resort, he decided to become a farmer, and set about purchasing land.
Having impulsively purchased the land, they started looking for things to do. Here's the pattern that runs throughout the entire book:
1) Decide that something is a good idea
2) Start trying to build a market, or promote whatever it is as the best thing ever
3) Buy/build/grow the good idea and broadcast the good idea to a wide audience.*
4) Decide that the good idea isn't such a good idea, or didn't work out as planned
5) Dump everything involved with it, and start over with the next Good Idea
Here's an example: In chapter 5 he talks about purchasing berkshire pigs, which of course are the best thing since sliced bread according to Tim. (In fairness, I raise berkshire pigs, and know the breed very well, and they are pretty great). Step 1
He starts talking about how great pastured pork is and looks to line up customers before he has pork to sell. Step 2
He buys an electric fence setup, and puts the little pigs out on the pasture, only to be shocked to find out that the pigs ignore it. Various mishaps ensue. He has a hard time with breeding. he has a hard time with farrowing. He loses a litter of piglets. He loses several litters of piglets. Step 3 and 4
Tim concludes from these struggles that it's the pigs fault -- that they have no mothering skills or instincts, and eventually gets rid of everything but a feral breed of pigs, step 5. Ossabaw pigs, a feral breed, being the next Good Idea that he's promoting.
Tim does this over and over again with different breeds of livestock. He lets his sheep die of parasitic infection, watching them waste away despite having an easy cure available. He allows hundreds of laying hens to get sick, and so many die that he has to use his tractor to pick up the bodies; when a simple vaccination may have solved his entire problem, and throughout this he talks about the evils of factory farming, and how the instincts have been bred out of the animals. I have a big problem with the basic philosophy of letting animals suffer and die when there are cures readily available.
Today, in 2012, Tim is no longer producing commercial quantities of any of the following things he dabbled in: Murray Grey beef cattle, sheep, berkshire pigs, pasture raised poultry, pastured eggs or rabbits.
When you're a new farmer, as Tim is, you're going to make mistakes and lose animals. I have no problem with that; we all hate it, but it's part of the process; what I object to is the overall feeling that he's trying to fit a square peg in a round hole: He makes an assumption about livestock, it turns out wrong, and he doesn't learn anything from it and hundreds of animals suffer needlessly. All of the animals he tried are raised all over the country by thousands of farmers successfully.
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Posted December 12, 2013
I thought this was a great book, and that Tim & Liz are innovative thinkers, willing to take risks. I found the book very inspriational and I do not care who published it. I believe Bruce is a bitter convetional farmer--and maybe even worked at that multinational corporation that begins with an M! Bruce, perhaps the rest of us do not believe that animals SHOULD be kept artifically alive due to the fact that we can pump them full of all kinds of medication. Yes, Tim and Liz have many adventures, and some failures--SO!?! Should they stop trying? I don't think so! Keep writing Tim.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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