About a year ago, an informed cousin advised me to read some books by an independent farmer, Joe Salatin, but unfortunately I did not follow up. While reading the latest issue of Mother Earth News though, I came across an eye opening interview with Salatin and realized that my cousin was right. I need to read some of this guy's books! I just ordered "Salad Bar Beef" (about raising grassfed beef) and "Everything I Want to Do is Illegal," about the bureacratic hurdles small farmers face in marketing food to consumers. I hope to post a book report here for those that don't have time to read these books, and perhaps I'll pick up some ideas for improving our farm operation.
Here's a short video of the guy. Someone once told me, that one definition of a extremist is "a person who is completely consistent in his views." I suspect this man is consistent in his views on farming.