You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farm Enterprise

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Overview

Have you ever desired, deep within your soul, to make a comfortable full-time living from a farming enterprise? Too often people dare not even vocalize this desire because it seems absurd. It's like thinking the unthinkable.

After all, the farm population is dwindling. It takes too much capital to start. The pay is too low. The working conditions are dusty, smelly and noisy: not the place to raise a family. This is all true, and more, for most farmers.

But for farm entrepreneurs, the opportunities for a farm family business have never been greater. The aging farm population is creating cavernous niches begging to be filled by creative visionaries who will go in dynamic new directions. As the industrial agriculture complex crumbles and our culture clambers for clean food, the countryside beckons anew with profitable farming opportunities.

While this book can be helpful to all farmers, it targets the wannabes, the folks who actually entertain notions of living, loving and learning on a piece of land. Anyone willing to dance with such a dream should be able to assess its assets and liabilities; its fantasies and realities. "Is it really possible for me?" is the burning question this book addresses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963810922
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Series: Polyface Titles Ser.
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 97,413
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2000

    One for the Personal Library!

    So many books I have read over the years have been written by people who have had ideas, but have not proved them out. Joel Salatin has done both. The practical advice is interwoven with his own experiences resulting in an entertaining and informative read. His philosophy allows for the humane and dignified care of animals and property, while still increasing profits and production.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2000

    Build a Foundation for Your Dream!

    Mr. Salatin offers concrete advice on how to stretch our thinking into creative and diversified farming opportunities. He encourages the reader to maximize on space and minimize labor and costs. He pushes the reader out of linear farm thinking into a refreshing 3 dimensional approach. This is the way farming was meant to be enjoyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2011

    HIghly Recommended

    Even if you are only thinking about raising a chicken, this book with give you the know-how and enthusiasm to do it right. Joel Salatin comes from the point of view of a person who knows what it's like to have to build it all yourself.

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