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Folks This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin has written many books including Folks This Ain’t Normal. I learned about Joel Salatin and his farm, Polyface, from my brother-in-law.  After he toured the farm he told me all about it and Joel Salatin. So I looked him up on YouTube and saw how he deals with his chickens, moving them each day to a new bit of pasture and their new “salad bar”.  I became intrigued and read Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, in fact I had a hard time putting it down.  Joel Salatin has a wealth of information on farming and creating a healthier world in which to live.  Each chapter is a different subject with a list at the end of what we can do to make our lives and our world better.

He tells so many interesting anecdotes along with valuable farming and gardening information interspersed with history.  While reading about the history of farming here in the US we can understand how we got to the mess we are in today.

His book is filled with valuable gems of information.  Did you know that the Model T Ford could run off of gasoline or ethanol?  There was a switch on the dashboard!

Green Bean Leaves After Compost and Manure in My GardenJoel Salatin has created a healthy way of farming that has rebuilt his soil.  He uses cow, pig and chicken manure and moves the animals each day to a different space on the pasture.  After mowing his hay an old time farmer had this to say, “I ain’t never seen nothin’ like this.  I done mowed hay all over this county but I sure didn’t know you could grow hay with mulch(meaning compost).  The old farmer went on to say it was the thickest, nicest, most weed-free hay he had seen.

Joel Salatin proposes that everyone should have a few chickens in their backyard to eat the kitchen scraps.  He tells some facts from Pat Foreman’s book City Chicks:  “A town in Belgium offered 3 chickens to any household that wanted them.  Two thousand families signed up for the chickens.  Those 6,000 hens, in the first month of the program, dropped compostable biomass to the landfill by 100 tons.”  Salatin calls this the ultimate recycling program and you get fresh eggs!

Folks This Ain’t Normal is full of knowledge like this.  I feel like I want to read it again so I remember all the stories and great gardening info.  I highly recommend reading, Folks, This Ain’t Normal! You will learn a lot and be entertained. You can order this book from Amazon by clicking on the picture below.