Folks, This Ain't Normal

Folks, This Ain't Normal

A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and A Better World

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Provides an examination of the origin of the nation's current food supply and advocates for rebuilding America through family farms, sustainable living, and fresh and natural eating.
Publisher: ** E-Book // Click on DOWNLOAD link to place holds
Edition: EBOOK TEXT
ISBN: 9781455505692
Branch Call Number: EBOOK TEXT
Alternative Title: OverDrive

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blue_chicken_235
Jul 10, 2014

BACTERIAL DECOMPOSERS THAT GIVE THE SOIL AN EARTHY ODOR

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karen_giesbrecht
Apr 01, 2012

“If you put raw milk on the kitchen table in the morning, it will spoil by evening. You can smell and taste the spoilage. Ditto for raw meat, poultry, or eggs. But what about ultra-pasteurized milk? Touted as a way to extend shelf life, this procedure inhibits life-giving, life-necessitating decomposition – could we even say it destroy the sacrifice necessary for life? I know this is flirting with profound spiritual truth, but one thing I believe very strongly is that truth, real truth, permeates and threads its way seamlessly through the physical and spiritual. If it doesn’t work spiritually, it won’t work physically. And if it won’t work physically, it won’t work spiritually” (p. 120).

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Methinks
Feb 23, 2012

The hubris with which our young people enter life, living in this world of replacement and limitless instant gratification, engenders an arrogance toward life and ecology that is both scary and dangerous. No fear is the mantra of fools.

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Bifferoni7
Dec 22, 2016

Ego-maniacal, nostalgic to a fault, and intentionally insulting.

After seeing him speak in several documentaries and becoming interested in his farming methods, this is the first book I've read by Joel. I'm hoping other books of his about farming techniques will be less emotionally exhausting to read. He seems to be in retribution mode: doling out insults on his customers, "educated" people, young people, environmentalists of all ages, the government, other farmers, his neighbors, nearly everybody fitting into a stereotyped box of "ignorance", while he attempts to prove something about how his way is the best way and should be adopted, or at least attempted, by everybody. This method backfires for me; I can't imagine why anyone would be interested in his mostly unrealistic suggestions (with no help on HOW to achieve them) while he spends so much energy describing these emulated (obsolete) historical norms and unrealistic futures.

At the same time, it's idealistic. While being self-admittedly ignorant, his imaginary world does sound pretty nice. Unfortunately insults and nostalgia won't get us there.

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Vrindavan
Oct 31, 2016

Brilliant. I read as an ebook and am purchasing. Each chapter discusses the origin of our farming connection and the essential knowledge that our grandparents (in general) had. Then, Joel lays out -bring back the essential ways-as he reveals our disassociation with our food, our health, and our connection to the natural world.

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