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Management-intensive Grazing – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Management, Pasture & Livestock, Stockman Grass Farmer by James1 Comment

Anyone who is in the grazing game has likely come across the term “Management Intensive Grazing.” The term was coined by Jim Gerrish who spent nearly thirty years working at the University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center along with operating his own farm and ranch. What he learned over his multi-decade research he has incorporated into his book. As …

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The New Livestock Farmer – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Pasture & Livestock, Reference by James2 Comments

What is a “new” livestock farmer? Farmers have been farming livestock for thousands of years. What has changed to deem the word “new” valid when describing livestock farmers? The change comes in the form of mixing the old with the new. More specifically mixing many of the traditional ways to raise livestock (no grain for herbivores, no antibiotics, no vaccines, …

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Steak – A Book Review

In BEEF, Book Reviews, Nutrition by James2 Comments

What exactly makes a memorable tasting steak so memorable? What are the components from cow to plate that set the stage for such an experience? In Mark Schatzker’s book Steak: One Man’s Search for the World’s Tastiest Piece of Beef  the author travels to six different countries, and raises his own cow in order to unlock the secret to what makes …

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The Miracle Morning – A Book Review

In Book Reviews by James4 Comments

How do you start your day? What is your morning routine? Did you know that how you start each day strongly affects the rest of your day, and each day affects the following day, and the pattern builds to the culmination of your entire life? I know initially the idea of how you start each day playing a major influence …

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The Dorito Effect – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Nutrition by James1 Comment

What do you know about flavor? How much do you value flavor? Why do we eat the food we eat? Hint: it has to do with flavor. Most people associate flavor with the word “taste.” “This tastes good. This doesn’t taste good.” “Food that is good for me tastes bad. Food that is bad for me tastes good.” For most, …

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Pasture Perfect – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Nutrition by James0 Comments

How can you benefit from choosing meat, eggs, and dairy products from 100% grass-fed animals? Jo Robinson’s Pasture Perfect answers this. Essentially there are four primary benefits that come with pastured produced products: they’re great for – your health, the animals, the farmers, and the planet. It’s a four-dimensional win-win. Pasture farming is the type of farming I’m interested in …

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Eating On The Wild Side – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Nutrition by James1 Comment

After reading Jo Robinson’s Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health I feel a sense of vindication. When I was young I was labeled a “picky eater.” Primarily, because like a lot of kids I didn’t like to eat vegetables. It turns out my “picky” eating habits were not due to me being an overly selective …

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Nourishing Broth – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Nutrition by James0 Comments

It’s official: Bone broth is the new coffee. Not really, but bone broth has recently reemerged into popular culture and people are taking notice. I saw an article recently about a man in New York who was selling cups of bone broth like coffee stands sell coffee – and he was doing quite well. More and more restaurants are offering …

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Economics in One Lesson – A Book Review

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What do you know about economics? Did you take a course in college? If you’re like me and the majority of people who did not major in economics chances are you know very little about the subject – in stated terms that is. And even if you did study economics in college chances are you were taught from the Keynesian …

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The Law of Success in 16 Lessons – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Management by James5 Comments

Where did the personal success genre originate? Who set the stage for Tony Robbins, Steven Covey, Dale Carnegie, and the countless other authors and speakers that have helped people to better themselves and realize their dreams? The man is Napolean Hill. Born in 1883 in a small town in Virginia, Hill began his journey as the father of the personal …

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Money: Master the Game – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Management by James4 Comments

Are you familiar with the terms: index funds, mutual funds, annuities, portfolio allocation, fiduciary, and living trust? I wasn’t, until I read Money: Master The Game -7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom, the first book Tony Robbins has written in nearly two decades – and the first Tony Robbins book I’ve ever read. I’ve always known Tony as the giant  infomercial guy but …

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Holy Cows & Hog Heaven – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Joel Salatin by James4 Comments

Is having the option to eat clean nutrient dense food important to you? If you answered, yes, then a series of questions will follow that premise. If you answered no, then uh, I guess you can stop reading this now, unless you’re curious as to why it should matter. In Holy Cows & Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer’s Guide to …

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The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, BUSINESS PLANNING, Land & Money, Management, Uncategorized by James2 Comments

What are the essential questions all business owners must have answers to in order to be successful? According to business legend Peter Drucker there are five of them. In The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization Peter Drucker reveals his thoughts on what these questions are, and how to address them, with additional commentary by …

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Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat and Pork – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, BUTCHERY, Livestock & Pasture, PORK, POULTRY, Reference by James0 Comments

Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering by Adam Danforth is the second of Adam’s two books that I have read – the first one covered beef (Read Here). This book as the title suggests covers multiple animals and like the Beef book is quite comprehensive and loaded with brilliant photos. This book …

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Farm Anatomy – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Reference by James4 Comments

Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Country Life by Julia Rothman is an informative and fun book that takes the reader through various aspects of farming. The title is fitting as the book gives a great overview of a lot of the different moving and non-moving parts of the farming life. The highlight of the book for me …

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Getting Things Done – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Management by James4 Comments

One of the primary reasons I started this website was accountability. If I declared to myself and the people in my life that “I Want to Farm” and dedicated a website to keeping track of my process and nothing happened then it would become very clear that it wasn’t the right choice and the people in my life who cared …

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Animals In Translation – A Book Review

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Animals In Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin is a book about the minds of animals and humans. Temple Grandin is a high functioning autistic who revolutionized how animals are treated by farmers, meat packing plants, and all people who are interested in better understanding why animals do what they do. Temple unlike …

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Butchering Beef – A Book Review

In BEEF, Book Reviews, BUTCHERY, Livestock & Pasture, Pasture & Livestock, Reference by James1 Comment

Butchering Beef: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering by Adam Danforth is a book I’d been looking forward to reading since I learned of its existence – which hasn’t been that long, only a few months now. One of the big attractions of the farming life for me is to be able to grow my own food. …

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Land Livestock & Life – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Stockman Grass Farmer by James0 Comments

Land Livestock & Life: A Grazier’s Guide to Finance is the first Allan Nation book I’ve read. I first heard or read the name Allan Nation while reading through Joel Salatin’s books. I’m pretty sure he mentions Allan’s name at least once in all of his books. Likewise I heard Allan’s name mentioned in other books I’ve read over the …

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Holistic Management – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Management by James7 Comments

It’s been nearly a month since my last book review, and for good reason. This book took time to read. But it was well worth it. Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making by Allan Savory is perhaps the most important book written in terms of saving the planet from desertification and environmental damage in addition to feeding the …

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Comeback Farms – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Stockman Grass Farmer by James0 Comments

As promised this is the book review for Greg Judy’s second book “Comeback Farms: Rejuvenating Soils, Pastures and Profits with Livestock Grazing Management.” After reading Greg’s first book No Risk Ranching I knew I had to read and see what other words of wisdom and lessons from experience he had to share in his follow-up book. Much like Greg’s first book, his second one …

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All Flesh Is Grass – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Pasture & Livestock by James0 Comments

Continuing with my journey into grass farming I decided to try out one of Gene Logsdon’s books, and started with the one that seemed to have the most fitting title for what I’m studying. For those who don’t know Gene Logsdon, he has written over twenty books on farming and rural life. Perhaps he’s mot well known for his book …

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Teaming with Microbes – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Soil & Gardening by James0 Comments

When I first set out to read this book I have to admit I wasn’t overwhelmed with excitement. I knew it was information I needed to know, but a book on soil biology never sets off the “must read” meter in one’s mind. Thankfully plowing through (pun intended?) 200 pages of text book soil biology nomenclature didn’t turn into the …

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Folks, This Ain’t Normal – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Joel Salatin by James2 Comments

Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World Joel Salatin’s most recently published book hit book stands less than a year ago in October of 2012. Like well aged bacon Joel’s writing just gets better and better over time. This book encapsulates Joel’s entire philosophy on culture, food, farming, and everything that connects …

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Gaining Ground – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Inspirational Stories by James4 Comments

Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm by Forrest Pritchard is the perfect book for a wannabe farmer. In fact it’s the perfect book for anyone who has had a dream and wondered what the process might be to make dream reality.  It doesn’t have to be a farming dream, because all dreams are …

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Pastured Poultry Profit$ – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Joel Salatin, Livestock & Pasture, POULTRY by James4 Comments

Pastured Poultry Profit$: Net $25,000 in 6 Months on 20 Acres is one of Joel Salatin’s most read and referred to books for wannabe farmers and established farmers alike. Joel shares with the reader his experience of raising and processing chickens which spans back into his own childhood. The methods he describes in the book are constantly being refined (by …

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All New Square Foot Gardening – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Soil & Gardening by James0 Comments

As a wannabe farmer being self sufficient in producing all my own food is one of the biggest draws. This not only means providing my own meat, but also providing my own fruits and veggies. I’ve seen Square Foot Gardening recommended by numerous reliable sources along my journey, and after reading it I understand why. Square Foot Gardening has been around for …

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Family Friendly Farming: A Multigenerational Home-Based Business Treatment – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Joel Salatin by James2 Comments

After reading Joel Salatin’s You Can Farm book I tried out Family Friendly Farming. In many ways it proved to be even more inspirational than You Can Farm. It was quite liberating and encouraging to discover that I could indeed farm, but nobody wants to farm alone. Up-heaving the image of the old lonely farmer whose children have left him …

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The Farming Ladder – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Inspirational Stories by James0 Comments

This poem opens up the George Henderson classic The Farming Ladder.  “Oh, little valley, all our own, Here is the place where beauty dwells, And all the joys this world has shown Your gift of quietness excels, Nor would I change your stream and trees- For jewels of the Seven Seas.” Henderson penned the book in 1943 and it still …