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You can farm : the entrepreneur's guide to start and succeed in a farm enterprise

Author: Joel Salatin
Publisher: Swoope, Va. : Polyface, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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Have you ever desired, deep within your soul, to make a comfortable full-time living from a farming enterprise? Too often, people dare not even vocalize this desire because it seems absurd. After all, the farm population is dwindling. It takes too much capital to start. The pay is too low. The working conditions are dusty, smelly and noisy: not the place to raise a family. This is all true, and more, for most  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Amateurs' manuals
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Salatin
ISBN: 9780963810922 0963810928
OCLC Number: 40175114
Description: xi, 480 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Developing a vision --
The Polyface story --
The right philosophy --
Do it now --
Surveying your situation --
Good enough --
For beginning and profiting: Lessons from the lemonade stand --
Recipes for failure --
The ten worst agricultural "opportunities" --
Best centerpiece agriculture opportunities --
The ten best complementary enterprises --
Ten commandments for succeeding on the farm --
Acquiring land --
Where to settle --
Being neighborly --
What you need --
Multi-purpose everything --
Where to buy things --
Searching for answers --
Brainstorming --
Self-employment --
Grass is the center --
Biodiversity --
Water --
Letting animals do the work --
Livestock sanitation --
Soil fertility --
Seasonality --
Synergism, stacking and complementary enterprises --
Reducing costs --
Labor --
Accounting --
Filing system --
Designer agriculture --
Developing your farm's clientele --
Communication --
Pricing --
Value added.
Responsibility: by Joel Salatin.

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Have you ever desired, deep within your soul, to make a comfortable full-time living from a farming enterprise? Too often, people dare not even vocalize this desire because it seems absurd. After all, the farm population is dwindling. It takes too much capital to start. The pay is too low. The working conditions are dusty, smelly and noisy: not the place to raise a family. This is all true, and more, for most farmers. But for farm entrepreneurs, the opportunities for a farm family business have never been greater. The aging farm population is creating cavernous niches begging to be filled by creative visionaries who will go in dynamic new directions. As the industrial agriculture complex crumbles and our culture clambers for clean food, the countryside beckons anew with profitable farming opportunities. While this book can be helpful to all farmers, it targets the wannabes, the folks who actually entertain notions of living, loving and learning on a piece of land. Anyone willing to dance with such a dream should be able to assess its assets and liabilities; its fantasies and realities.

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