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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.
This may seem nitpicky, but how many of you love talking to a robot? After being on the phone with a robot and starting over the fifth time, I can’t help but wonder if it wouldn’t be more efficient to just hire an incentivized neighbor to answer the phone and deal efficiently with the transaction. I’m convinced that if businesses put their money in people instead of the latest techno-gadget, maybe they wouldn’t have to advertise. To be clear, I’m not talking about voice mail; I’m talking about robots.
I answered the phone the other day and a lady on the other end stuttered: “Oh, is this a real person? I didn’t expect to talk to a real person.” If I were king for a day, I would outlaw all robot phone machines. Be honest. Does anyone here enjoy hearing: “Press 1, press, 2, press 3?” We all hate it, and yet we succumb to some sales pitch and the seeming efficiency and buy into anti-human treatment. And most of us are in business to deal with humans.
If westerners are starved for appreciation, they are also starved for human contact. While I may be a farmer and technically in the food business, really I’m in the relationship business—and so is everyone in this room. Shame on me if I shortcut this human touch and force my patrons to talk to a robot.
A well trained, pleasant-voiced, empowered person can handle my frequent flyer miles redemption ten times faster than the robot. If the airlines would offer a human transaction instead of a robot, I’d gladly give an extra 5,000 miles a transaction for the efficiency and warm fuzzy. At Polyface, we’re committed to never having a robot answer the phone.
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