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The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs
From Christian libertarian farmer Joel Salatin, a clarion call to readers to honor the animals and the land, and produce food based on spiritual principles.
The Salatin SemesterThe Salatin Semester: A Complete Homestudy Course in Polyface-Style Diversified Farming
This amazing multimedia production conveys the Salatin family’s methods of profitable diversified farming like no other. Joel Salatin presents his farming system in professional edited, live-cut video, engaging audio, and in a detail-rich reference guide. This package is a veritable fount of pertinent and crucial knowledge, a unique compilation of synergistic wisdom to help you earn a living as a farmer. The live presentations are presented in DVD video; the audio interviews with Q&A are in digital audio; and the myriad questions and answers from the resulting discussion are transcribed and edited in a detailed reference guide. The end result is an amazingly extensive – and affordable – training guide to help you reinvent your farm.
This beautifully produced comprehensive tutorial contains:
- 18 hours of video on 12 DVDs
- 6 hours of audio Q&A
- Digital slideshow farm tour
- 256-page guidebook
Techno Stealth: Metropolitan Buying Clubs
Over the years, we have developed a local food distribution system that we call the Metropolitan Buying Club. We think it combines the real-time interfaces of online marketing with community-based interaction. These kinds of interfaces, without bricks and mortar, using the internet, create efficiencies and economies of scale in local food distribution that we think you will find very exciting.
Fields of Farmers
Interning, Mentoring, Starting, Continuing This book empowers aspiring young farmers, midlife farmers, and non-farming landlords to build regenerative, profitable agricultural enterprises.
No difference really exists between an empire and an aspiring empire. A one salary sole proprietorship that aspires to be an empire will have the same attitude as the business that already has an empire. The bigger an outfit becomes, the less innovative it is, partly because it’s harder to turn an aircraft carrier than a speedboat.
I confess to being leery of empires because I haven’t seen one yet that seemed fair and honest. Empires tend to bully and abuse in my opinion. When does a business morph from integrity to scandalous? In my opinion, the day it decides to become an empire. If size never registers on your company radar screen, you can become pretty big without selling your soul. But the day you aspire to be the biggest player is the day you begin disrespecting the other players. How about aspiring to be the player that practices hardest? That gives other aspiring players the best hand up to join you in the winners’ circle?
Because local food is foundational to Polyface farm, we defined our market area as within four hours. That’s as far as someone can come, personally check us out, and return home in a comfortable day. Those of you familiar with Michael Pollan’s runaway New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma will recall that our farm is the hero. Lots of free advertising. Probably even the honor of speaking here. But it all came because I would not mail him a T-bone steak. That conviction so piqued his interest that he came, saw, and wrote.
Never underestimate the good things that can happen when you establish a business conviction and then stick with it. Believe it or not, people still appreciate outfits that believe in things. What do you believe in?
The emotional freedom that this parameter affords is palpable. Now when someone calls from Indianapolis or Boston, I’m not even tempted to service them. I have a standard answer: “Find your local land healing farmers and patronize them.” I wrote a book, Holy Cows and Hog Heaven, to help people find those good farmers. All my experiences with empires have been negative. And people who run them seem fairly unhappy. Why would anyone aspire to have an empire? In my opinion, if you aspire to have one, you’ve already forfeited a benevolent spirit. Be content to serve well a clearly defined patron group and the rest will take care of itself.
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