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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 audiobook 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 audiobook addresses.

You Can Farm is wonderfully narrated by the author, Joel Salatin, who co-owns (with his family) Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia.

©2018 Joel Salatin (P)2020 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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Inspired into action

Joel offers the perfect tools to make a start today! a great perspective and brutally honest.

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Always inspiring

His passion and easy to follow ideas are refreshing. I was a little disappointed with the sound quality when parts were obviously redone after the original recording, however you get over that relatively quickly. This book is a great early step in my farming journey.

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Dated and out of date

I saw this was released in April 2020 and thought it was a new book. It was actually written 22 years ago. His perspective on computers and personal identity are out of date and belong in the past. The recording is choppy and not the best

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  • TheKonechewa
  • 20-06-2020

Joel’s classic, finally on Audible!

The words contained in this book are timeless. It’s crazy to me to think this book was written over twenty years ago and everything still applies. In fact, we can see the changes that were brought forth from Joel, this book, and others like him. If you intend to farm, listen to this book with intention, writing it down, and taking it to heart. It will bring you far. Polyface, PLEASE bring the rest of your wonderful books to audio, so those of us working in the garden, or pulling the tractors can listen while we work! Thank you!!

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  • kk
  • 13-05-2020

HUGELY DISAPPOINTING and DATED...PUBLISHED 1998

I grew up on a diverse 400 acre family farm in the midwest, so I know a thing or two about farming. Mr. Salatin certainly talks and writes like a farmer and I will give him points for his authenticity and some of his ideas, but his penny pinching, save-a-dollar-at-all-costs advice and sociopolitical diatribe get old fast. His ill-informed and unethical viewpoints on both veterinary and human medical care are where he really lost and angered me. Paraphrasing here... "vets are in cahoots with drug companies and are only interested in selling medicines because they don't know any better". WRONG!!! I am a vet myself and can unequivocally state this BS is false and misleading. And he has the gall to say he doesn't worry about stiffing doctors and hospitals on medical bills because of government regulation of human medical care driving up medical costs! FREELOADER!!! He also states that his customers would be happy to help pay his medical bills should he ever need help. Seriously? I've heard a lot about Mr. Salatin, and from the content, I really don't understand his relative fame. Also, Audible shows a release date of April 2020, but the book was PUBLISHED IN 1998 so it is quite dated. I made it about halfway through this audiobook before deciding I did not want to support this author and will be returning/exchanging it.

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  • Matthew
  • 14-06-2020

Every young farmer should read this.

While I do not agree with all of his politics, there is an incredible amount of wisdom in Joel Salatin's recommendations for starting your own farming business.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-2020

Excellent!

I loved it, very informative. All of Joel's books have really opened my eyes and truly changed my life

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  • William Nichols
  • 12-05-2020

great book. made me angry.

Joe has some great business stuff in this book, even though it's not a book about business. great cultural commentary and other good philosophy stuff. the title of the book is a little misleading though. I'm sitting here listening to Joel salatin talk about raising 500 turkeys and adding $7,800 to your farms annual revenue, and I'm thinking, "what the heck are you talking about? who is trying to make $7,800?" maybe the title should read, "you CAN farm, you'll just never make any money doing it." or maybe, "you can farm, but why would you want to?" if you think you want to start a farm, you should definitely read this book. if after reading it you still want to start a farm, then I guess there's no talking you out of it, maybe it is your calling. as for me, this book has helped me to drop all delusions of profitable farming and instead look around my community for a farmer who I can just buy my stuff from. maybe we don't need that many more Farmers, we just need more people supporting those Farmers that we do have. I never complain about price to a farmer ever in my life after reading this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-2020

Great Book!!!!

Very informative, with a World of Personal knowledge & information. Worth every penny and more!!!!

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  • OregonTy
  • 29-05-2020

Enjoyable book many great Ideas

Narrator was easy to listen to, hope he does his other books, like salad bar beef or Pasture poultry.

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  • Johnny2Times
  • 02-12-2020

A career’s worth of knowledge!

Joel’s book is a very thorough guide to the business. I see this book being my ongoing reference as we venture from garden and into the farming world.

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  • Bob
  • 01-12-2020

Way too preachy and outdated views

I listened to the preview and thought that I might be able to listen to the book. I was wrong. First, the recording is uneven. You can clearly hear where lines were rerecorded and added. It was a little distracting for me as the recording changed back and forth. The author narrated his own book, which I think was a bad choice. It is clear that he is passionate about the subject, but it is also clear that her is not a professional speaker. Second, and the reason I stopped listening, is the preachiness of the book. While I expected the chapter about his philosophy to wander a little into the realm of preachiness, it was borderline fanaticism. I ended up skipping the rest of the chapter after about 1/4 of it. The author has clear biases against some people. The point that he started complaining about computer use and stating that those that worked in the IT industry wouldn't make good farmers was too much for me. The author seems to have an outdated view on what computers can and can't be used for, dismisses many advantages that they bring, and recalls computers that sound more like those from the early 90s than modern devices. If his view and advice about using computers is that outdated, I can't imaging that the other information in the book is up to date. He also spends a lot of time explaining why those in the IT industry don't have the mindset for farming because they require perfection in all that they do. I have worked in the IT industry for many years and it is clear that the author has not. It is clear that he has not taken the time to understand the industry or those that work in it. Most IT professionals do not regard perfection as the only end result. They are some of the best thinkers, problem solvers, and flexible workers that I have ever been around. If you want a book that looks at farming from an outdated point of view, this book may work for you. There may be good information later in the book, but I couldn't get past the first few chapters of the author's preaching about the dangers of modern technology and how only certain people can farm.

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  • Britt
  • 27-11-2020

Love this book!!!

My dream is to homestead and have a farm someday and this was a book that I know I will read through a few more times over the next decade or two. between his business principles, his ideas on centerpiece and secondary enterprises, how-to's and his knowledge and teachings, i highly recommend this book. Not every chapter will resonate with every person but I promise there is something that Joel will teach you in this book.

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