• You Can Farm

  • The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise
  • By: Joel Salatin
  • Narrated by: Joel Salatin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (796 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. It's like thinking the unthinkable. 

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 audiobook 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. "Is it really possible for me?" is the burning question this audiobook addresses.

You Can Farm is wonderfully narrated by the author, Joel Salatin, who co-owns (with his family) Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia.

©2018 Joel Salatin (P)2020 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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Joel’s classic, finally on Audible!

The words contained in this book are timeless. It’s crazy to me to think this book was written over twenty years ago and everything still applies. In fact, we can see the changes that were brought forth from Joel, this book, and others like him. If you intend to farm, listen to this book with intention, writing it down, and taking it to heart. It will bring you far.

Polyface, PLEASE bring the rest of your wonderful books to audio, so those of us working in the garden, or pulling the tractors can listen while we work! Thank you!!

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great book. made me angry.

Joe has some great business stuff in this book, even though it's not a book about business. great cultural commentary and other good philosophy stuff.

the title of the book is a little misleading though. I'm sitting here listening to Joel salatin talk about raising 500 turkeys and adding $7,800 to your farms annual revenue, and I'm thinking, "what the heck are you talking about? who is trying to make $7,800?"

maybe the title should read, "you CAN farm, you'll just never make any money doing it."

or maybe, "you can farm, but why would you want to?"

if you think you want to start a farm, you should definitely read this book. if after reading it you still want to start a farm, then I guess there's no talking you out of it, maybe it is your calling.

as for me, this book has helped me to drop all delusions of profitable farming and instead look around my community for a farmer who I can just buy my stuff from. maybe we don't need that many more Farmers, we just need more people supporting those Farmers that we do have. I never complain about price to a farmer ever in my life after reading this book.

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Every young farmer should read this.

While I do not agree with all of his politics, there is an incredible amount of wisdom in Joel Salatin's recommendations for starting your own farming business.

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Amazing and inspiring!

I am extremely inspired by this book. I have read additional reviews saying that this book is only philosophical and I would say that the Joel’s philosophy is a requirement for would be farmers to adopt. This book is full of advise that you couldn’t pay anyone else to sit and discuss in such detail how to successfully achieve my goals of breaking out of the everyday grind and transitioning with my family into this new lifestyle. I want it, I live it and my family is closer than they ever were. To be honest, I have found many of Joel’s philosophies essential in my life along with my family. This book has only proven that all of my dedication and hard work has worked before and that my goals are on the right track. I have an improved knowledge, better insight and I know that I am on the right track to success. Thanks Joel and God bless!

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Excellent!

I loved it, very informative. All of Joel's books have really opened my eyes and truly changed my life

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Enjoyable book many great Ideas

Narrator was easy to listen to, hope he does his other books, like salad bar beef or Pasture poultry.

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Wisdom rich with real practical experience!

Joel is amazing. I found him on YouTube and the systematically have been reading his content. It appears to be worth every cent and much more. Now I am cross referencing this book with the illustrations in Polyface Designs.

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Has relevant in 2021 then 1998

I think a few concept could be updated since the internet has changed marketing so much. But the main idea is probably more relevant today then 20 years ago. I think this book is highly inspirational and has great concepts that can be further explored. It is a general book that is meant for people without a farming background.

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Great Book!!!!

Very informative, with a World of Personal
knowledge & information. Worth every penny
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Amazing

Quite possibly the most passionate, inspiring book I've ever listened to, makes it actually achieve the farm dreams I have.

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  • 09-15-21

it filled my heart

I would like to thank joel salatin for galvanising my motivation and determination to be a family farmer with this book.

he not only has giving me some peace of mind about running a farming business but he has also filled my heart with strong attributes to help and serve the people of my community better understand the food industry and that I will be grateful for through out my life time.

again thank you

regards
paul bishop

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  • Baltic Honey Shop
  • 06-30-21

Great entrepreneurial book for farmers

I remember my dad going into all sorts of ventures and failing at them unfortunately at our small farm. I think he did not have the right discipline that an entrepreneur requires. Having read this book I can see where he could have done better. Unfortunately for me I have moved away from a small farm mentality but on occasions it comes back to me thinking that it would be great to have a pasture for chickens or a few acres of woodland for bees. Having read this book, I now know my limits and possibilities. It is a great read.

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  • 03-30-22

inspirational

Realistic and very helpful. Inspires focus on directions which help move projects further. Brilliant.

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  • Elasha Jackwitz
  • 08-16-22

An enjoyable read for an aspiring farmer

This is a really good book for those who aspire to be a farmer but don’t know where to start. You may not agree with everything in this book, but I feel that this book is a good start to get people thinking about how they want to farm, and what opportunities to develop their farm are around them in their communities. If anyone ever asks me how to start farming this will be the first book I would recommend they read.

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  • 08-01-22

lots of psudo science and Republican rhetoric

while there was some worthwhile content about some topics such as marketing, there was also lots of promotion of psudoscience and religion. This is only partly about farming, mostly it's a promotion for the "cult of Salatin".
Matthew Evans book Soil, is a much better farming book. it's also very American, other countries have different laws and regulations which this book totally ignored.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-22

Nonsensical and delusional.

Joel’s speaking and recording quality is very average, he stumbles through some parts and seems to be making some parts up as he goes. Unfortunately that isn’t the worst part about this book.

It is entirely too long, in part thanks to Joels desire to constantly list things, an entirely unhelpful literary tool. Much of the information offered is entirely irrelevant and nonsensical, if not only applicable to Joel and his farm specifically. This book is riddled with generalisations, stereotypes and derogatory remarks about woman, ‘younger’ people, those who don’t farm, certain business people, government officials, those with mortgages ,most consumers and any one who happens to have more money then the average joe.

It’s intentions and message are not only misguided and borderline not applicable to the majority of people, but Joel’s entire premise for how to be a successful farmer doesn’t make ANY sense.

If you want to subscribe to Joel’s methods, don’t bother reading this book, it’s simple: don’t spend ANY money on ANYTHING, beg friends and family to do unpaid work on your farm, hire unpaid interns and just work yourself to death until you have financial fluidity. So just work endlessly and don’t do anything else for leisure (he even suggests letting your children play social sports and having a pet dog is a waste of money).

A sad and delusional book from a sad and delusional man. Absolute waste of time and money, I listened to the entire 16+ hours for the sake of fairness before reviewing and it sucked.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-22

Great listen highly recommend

great insight into what it takes to start up your own farm highly recommended to anyone that is thinking of starting a farm

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-21

Great Introduction into Agricultural World.

Narrator is very informative, and easy to listen too. Provides many options and examples of different types of agricultural opportunities.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-21

Fantastic

lota of great unconventional information and fantastic narration, was an enjoyable listen on long car drives.

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  • Gerowyn
  • 01-20-21

Highly Recommend

Joel is easy to listen to and clearly explains many opportunities and challenges involved witb fatrming

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-20

Inspired into action

Joel offers the perfect tools to make a start today! a great perspective and brutally honest.

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  • Simon
  • 06-24-20

Always inspiring

His passion and easy to follow ideas are refreshing. I was a little disappointed with the sound quality when parts were obviously redone after the original recording, however you get over that relatively quickly. This book is a great early step in my farming journey.

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  • Squeaky
  • 05-07-20

Dated and out of date

I saw this was released in April 2020 and thought it was a new book. It was actually written 22 years ago. His perspective on computers and personal identity are out of date and belong in the past. The recording is choppy and not the best