The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer

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Foodies and environmentally minded folks often struggle to understand and articulate the fundamental differences between the farming and food systems they endorse and those promoted by Monsanto and friends. With visceral stories and humor from Salatin's half-century as a "lunatic" farmer, Salatin contrasts the differences on many levels: practical, spiritual, social, economic, ecological, political, and nutritional.

In today's conventional food-production paradigm, any farm that...

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Overview

Foodies and environmentally minded folks often struggle to understand and articulate the fundamental differences between the farming and food systems they endorse and those promoted by Monsanto and friends. With visceral stories and humor from Salatin's half-century as a "lunatic" farmer, Salatin contrasts the differences on many levels: practical, spiritual, social, economic, ecological, political, and nutritional.

In today's conventional food-production paradigm, any farm that is open-sourced, compost-fertilized, pasture-based, portably-infrastructured, solar-driven, multi-speciated, heavily peopled, and soil-building must be operated by a lunatic. Modern, normal, reasonable farmers erect "No Trespassing" signs, deplete soil, worship annuals, apply petroleum-based chemicals, produce only one commodity, erect Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, and discourage young people from farming.

Anyone looking for ammunition to defend a more localized, solar-driven, diversified food system will find an entire arsenal in these pages. With wit and humor honed during countless hours working on the farm he loves, and then interacting with conventional naysayers, Salatin brings the land to life, farming to sacredness, and food to ministry.

Divided into four main sections, the first deals with principles to nurture the earth, an idea mainline farming has never really endorsed. The second section describes food and fiber production, including the notion that most farmers don't care about nutrient density or taste because all they want is shipability and volume. The third section, titled "Respect for Life," presents an apologetic for food sacredness and farming as a healing ministry. Only lunatics would want less machinery and pathogenicity. Oh, the ecstasy of not using drugs or paying bankers. How sad. The final section deals with promoting community, including the notion that more farmers would be a good thing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963810960
  • Publisher: Polyface Farms, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/13/2010
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 485,869
  • Product dimensions: 3.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.10 (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

Acknowledgements ix

Letter to Joel from Wendell Berry x

Introduction xii

Nurture the Earth 1

Growing Soil 2

Grass Farmer 16

Small is Okay 30

Crooked Fences 46

Water Massage 56

Toxin Free 66

Produce Food and Fiber 77

Growing Stuff to Eat 78

Land Exercise 88

Normal Food 102

Respect for Life 117

Pigness of Pigs 118

Portable Infrastructure 134

Pathogen Cul-de-sacs 148

Sensually Romantic 164

Less Machinery 172

Nativized Genetics 184

Artistry and Microsites 200

Honest Pricing 214

Promote Community 235

White Collar Farmer 236

Relationship Farming 252

Direct Marketing 268

Localized Economy 284

Summary 300

Notes 304

Index 305

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