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Source: Amazon.com

Author - Joel Salatin
Publisher - Polyface

Amazon says says, "Holy Cows & Hog Heaven is written by an honest-to-goodness-dirt-under-the-fingernails, optimistic clean good farmer. His goal is to:

-Empower food buyers to pursue positive alternatives to the industrialized food system
-Bring clean food farmers and their patrons into a teamwork relationship
-Marry the best of western technology with the soul of eastern ethics
-Educate food buyers about productions
-Create a food system that enhances nature's ecology for future generations

Holy Cows & Hog Heaven has an overriding objective of encouraging every food buyer to embrace the notion that menus are a conscious decision, creating the next generation's world one bite at a time."

About the Author

Polyface Farm says, "Joel Salatin, 61, calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson.  Those who don’t like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate.

With a room full of debate trophies from high school and college days, 12 published books, and a thriving multi-generational family farm, he draws on a lifetime of food, farming and fantasy to entertain and inspire audiences around the world.  He’s as comfortable moving cows in a pasture as addressing CEOs in a Wall Street business conference."

Where to get it?

Polyface Bookstore
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Polyface Farm

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"Meet Joel and Daniel Salatin, the father-son team at Polyface farm. Known for their unconventional farming ways, the Salatins have become leaders in community-supported, local, environmentally friendly agriculture"

Salatin - Why Pastured Bacon is $9/lb

From the video description:
"If we could just cure that [bacon] here on the farm... we could sell bacon for essentially the same price as Gwaltney and it would be ten times better and have no diesel fuel on it. What I want -- I want them to just leave me alone and if they just leave me alone, so, that our production didn't have to go through a non-scalable food police screen hurdle, we'd blow their socks off.

Those so those kind of things, that's what we're about here today. Those are the impediments. It's not that there aren't farmers like me that want to do this. It's not that there's not that there aren't eaters who want to eat it. It's not that the economies aren't there. It's not that we don't know how to do this, It's not that we need more infrastructure development to figure out how to do this. It's that these very arbitrary and capricious regulations that were designed to keep industrial short cutters and opaque food systems in check, that don't then scale down and apply in a local, transparent neighborhood friendly kind of operation."

Joel Salatin - There's a Different Way to Farm

From the video description:
"We shot with Joel Salatin for the Food Lies film and he showed us that everything most people have heard about farming is wrong. It is GOOD for the animals, it IMPROVES the soil, it's BETTER for the environment, and it provide HEALTHY food for humans. Don't believe the vegan lies and propaganda.  "

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I give this book 10 out of 10 acorns!

Joel Salatin does a wonderful job in Holy Cows and Hog Heaven explaining what farm-friendly food is and how to find it. He explains what to look for when visiting a farm and what questions to ask, and he recommends personal steps that one can take to support family friendly farms. I found that the general gist of the book was to buy directly from the farmers, to buy local, and take some self-responsibility for the quality of the food one eats (and its effect on the environment). A good way to describe this book is that its about buying and selling local food directly between the farmers and eaters. It's also about supporting consumer choice, supporting small businesses, and being responsible.

Overall, I think that this is a wonderful book with a great empowering message about how our food choices actively shape the world we live in and the world to come!

Sidenote: For some readers, I think that it is worth forgiving the messanger. Joel Salatin does make some snarky/rude remarks at times, and I think that reflects the difficult hardships he has gone through to make PolyFace Farm work and run. I think it would be wise, as a reader, to not take these things personally.
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It might have been Food, Inc. where I first met Salatin.  Is that the one where he takes Michael Pollan on a nose to soil tour of his grassland?  I loved that.  Since then I've read one or several of his older books, but not this one yet.

Here's his author page on LibraryThing:

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