Family Friendly Farming
Joel calls this his soul book. Right now, four generations live at Polyface. That requires vision, grace, and an attractive farming and business model. The subtitle, “A Multigenerational Home-Based Business Testament” delineates the far-reaching implications discussed in these pages.
It’s worth reading just for the 10 chapters titled “10 Commandments for Making Your Kids Love the Farm.” Whether you’re a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker, these principles and the accompanying stories will renew your commitment to all the values that matter most. This book even tackles numerous taboo topics, like inheritance and fussy dads. Known in his speeches for the statement: “unless we romance the next generation into farming, we aren’t sustainable,” Joel addresses those family business characteristics that glue parents and siblings together. 402 pgs.