I love cookbooks for the possibilities they hold. Which recipe will be chosen first? Which ones will become fan & family favorites for years to come? Which will I make so often that I will commit them to memory? And, which ones will be total and complete failures? [Read more…]
“I’ve always been struck by how successful we’ve been hitting the bull’s eye on the wrong target.” Joel Salatin
This week on our 2013 summer farm reading list is a recent book, and although one we’ve read before, it’s a book that necessitates revisiting. Farmer/prophet/philosopher Joel Salatin published Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World in the fall of 2012 and it’s an excellent discussion piece for anyone who eats. [Read more…]
As these warm spring days usher in summer weather, I am drawn back to my childhood as I anticipated the end of another school year. Sunshine, lemonade and fresh grass beckoned me as a child…almost as much as the cool and quiet stacks of the library and local bookstores.
Even though summer now means chores 3-4 times per day and constantly making sure all the animals are staying hydrated and healthy, something in me cannot forget that summer also means more time to spread a blanket in the cool shade, grab some water (or beer), and chip away at my summer reading list. [Read more…]
Previously, Dan has written about how and why he has been drawn to farming as a career choice. (Guidance counselors, calm yourselves) While I deeply respect the philosophical, ethical, and spiritual underpinnings of Dan’s love of the natural world, my journey into farming is less Wendell Berry-in-a-deer-stand and more Mario-Batali-in-Traverse-City…