Friday, June 27, 2008

Now This Guy Understands A Few Things

Have you every read anything by Joel Salatin?

One of the things we love about Joel Salatin's books are his understanding of the systems God has built into creation. Not only does he understand plant and animal life systems designed by our Creator, but he farms in harmony with those systems with such precision that his yields and profitability far outweigh conventional practices.

His books are written in a simple style at times almost like a journal, but they are chock full of wisdom and experience from a seasoned farmer who knows there are no short cuts to good quality homegrown food. He is not afraid to tell you his mistakes and is meticulous about documenting his procedures.

Here are a few excerpts:

"The more we study the advantages of seasonal production, the more satisfied we are that we have made the right decision not to be suckered into the demands of year-round production. Nature provides seasons for a reason. Each has its assets and liabilities. Producing in sync with the season provides the greatest profit."

"When we look at the big picture, the cycles of nature are here for a reason. As we begin tapping into them, and using them for our benefit, positives occur in many areas: social, economic and physical. To fully utilize the season requires forethought, discipline , and seasonal hard work. Solomon pointed out that there is a season to plant and harvest. As soon as we refuse to plant or refuse to harvest in season we pay a price."
from Pastured Poultry Profits by Joel Salatin

Wow, what a breath of fresh air. His philosophy seems to be lets look at the farm through God's eyes and see what we can do to make it run as efficiently as it can. End result- better food; better production models.

Even though we don't farm on nearly the scale as he does much of his wisdom can be applied to the small cottage farm. And even if you don't farm at all you can learn a ton from reading his books.

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