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Calling All Young Farmers: This Land is Your Land

If you’ve seen Food, Inc., read Michael Pollan, or heard of Polyface Farm, chances are you’re familiar with Joel Salatin—the charismatic leader of the local food movement and arguably America’s most influential farmer.

Salatin’s latest book, Fields of Farmers, is a response to the aging farmer phenomenon (the average farmer is now 60 years old) and a call to action: To inspire a new generation of young famers to take over the fields from their aging mentors.

“If you own land and don’t know what to do with it, this book is for you. If you want to farm, but don’t know how to start, this book is for you. If you are an aging farmer struggling with a succession plan, this book is for you. And if you are a farmer’s child trying to make a place for yourself on the family farm, this book is for you,” writes Salatin in the Introduction. “We are all utterly and completely dependent on soil, honey bees, raindrops, sunlight, fungi, and bacteria. Neither the greatest scientific discovery nor the highest gain on Wall Street compares to the importance of a functioning carbon cycle or dancing earthworms.

Based on Salatin’s decades of experience at Polyface Farm, Fields of Farmers discusses problems and solutions surrounding the land and knowledge transfer crisis of the present day.

The problem is widely discussed in the farming community. For example, take The Greenhorns
—a grassroots non-profit dedicated to promoting and supporting a new generation of young farmers, or the National Young Farmers Coalition — an organization that works to mobilize and engage young farmers. Everywhere you look, there are people and organizations working to combat the problem of the aging farmer.

“As usual, Joel Salatin is once again on the cutting edge of change, writes Allan Nation, Editor and Co-owner of The Stockman Grass Farmer, in the Foreword. “Whether you want to be an intern, or hire an intern, reading this book will be invaluable for you.”

Fields of Farmers: Interning, Mentoring, Partnering, Germinating is available now and you can get for 35% off as part of our Holiday Sale with discount code CGS13 until the end of the year. Read the introduction below.


Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start.Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes developed […] Read More..

5 Common Invasive Species and How to Manage Them

Last week, we asked authors Tao Orion and Katrina Blair to share alternative approaches to managing five different plant species commonly held to be “invasive.” St. John’s Wort, Garlic Mustard, Thistle, Oxeye Daisy, and Kudzu are often dismissed as annoyances at best and the target of aggressive eradication with harmful chemicals at worst. Orion and […] Read More..

Uncovering the Many Uses for Abundant Kudzu

As Invasive Species Week comes to a close, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds,  share alternative approaches to understanding and managing Kudzu. Take a look through our final profile and check out any you might have missed along the way: Oxeye […] Read More..

Oxeye Daisy: A Plant for the Pollinators

As Invasive Species Week continues, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, are sharing alternative approaches to managing and using plants considered to be “invasive.” Take a look through today’s profile on Oxeye Daisy and check out tips for working with Garlic […] Read More..

How to Manage Invasive Thistle and Improve Your Soil

As Invasive Species Week continues, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, are sharing alternative approaches to managing and using plants considered to be “invasive.” Take a look through today’s profile on two variations of Thistle and check out tips for working […] Read More..