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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Survival Gardening and Farming in an Unfriendly World–One Man's Views

Organic gardening and farming certainly aren’t new, but they’re growing in popularity and importance as the quality of our food supply diminishes. Nonetheless, all that goes by the name “organic” isn’t always organic, thanks to government intervention and regulations supposedly intended to boost the organic farming business. Too many who aren’t farming organically want in on the action, so loopholes have been created, muddying the waters of what is truly organic. Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm says his meat and vegetables go beyond organic.

If you’re someone who’s thinking of expanding your efforts into a market gardening or organic farming venture, or if you’ve been at it for a while, you must get acquainted with Joel Salatin and Polyface Farm. His farm produces and markets creatively and innovatively. Salatin doesn’t merely spout theory. He has had years of practicing what he preaches.

Salatin has written a book, which you have to appreciate for its title, if nothing else. It’s called Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal. It’s a 352 page paperback available from Here’s the description of the book and author as it appears there..

“Drawing upon 40 years’ experience as an ecological farmer and marketer, Joel Salatin explains with humor and passion why Americans do not have the freedom to choose the food they purchase and eat. From child labor regulations to food inspection, bureaucrats provide themselves sole discretion over what food is available in the local marketplace. Their system favors industrial, global corporate food systems and discourages community-based food commerce, resulting in homogenized selection, mediocre quality, and exposure to non-organic farming practices. Salatin’s expert insight explains why local food is expensive and difficult to find and will illuminate for the reader a deeper understanding of the industrial food complex.”

“Called ‘the high priest of the pasture’ by The New York Times, Joel Salatin likes to refer to himself as a “Christian-libertarianenvironmentalist-lunatic farmer.” He lives with his family on Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.”

You can hear an interview with Joel Salatin which aired on the Derry Brownfield Show. Click here to go to Derry’s site, then look for a link to the podcasts page. Look for the February 3, 2009 program and right click to download the show.

To get your copy of Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal, click on the picture of the book below, and you’ll be taken to the page where you can place your order today.


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