EVERY regenerative farmer, or person interested in regenerative farming, knows that Joel Salatin is a regenerative agriculture guru. He is an inspiration and wealth of knowledge.
This book written by him is no different! You Can Farm is a little over 430 pages, but I read it in less than a week because Mr. Salatin is an excellent, blunt writer. Totally a 10/10 – must read!
I was a little hesitant about starting my own farm, but after this read, I feel like with the right mindset I can absolutely succeed.
You’ll get into the nitty gritty of farming with this one. Mr. Salatin goes in-depth talking about a range of topics like creating your vision, the best and worst opportunities, finding the right land, how to talk to your farmer neighbors, water sources, seasons, labor, accounting, tools needed, pricing your products… and much more. He really covers all the bases and does so using real life examples and explanations.
This book also does not sugar coat anything. Joel knows farming can be tough and often requires grit, sacrifice, and perseverance. But, as long as you learn from the mistakes of failed farmers, you should be good to go. For example, shiny, spanking new equipment is not really worth the economic rage in farming. Also, never let your livestock creep into your neighbors’ pasture – it’s just bad manners and can give you a bad reputation leading to less help (which you will absolutely need) in the future. The book gives numerous of examples like these.
If you have been wondering what it is like to be a successful farmer, this book is absolutely for you. It is a guide that a farmer will open up many a times during their career.
I hope you give this book a chance! If you do read it, or one of Joel Salatin’s other books, let us know what you thought 🙂
Lastly, check out this YouTube channel featuring Joel here.
That’s all for now!
In Soil We Trust,