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Fields of farmers : interning, mentoring, partnering, germinating
Salatin, Joel.
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First edition.
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Swoope, Va. : Polyface Inc., [2013]
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xviii, 328 pages ; 23 cm
The aging farmer phenomenon is new and presents both unprecedented crisis and opportunity. Opening his heart and life, Joel Salatin uses his Polyface Farm experience to encouraged multi-generational farm relationships and germinate a new generation of young farmers.
What's the big deal? : The need ; The field classroom -- Especially for mentors : Wages ; Mindset ; Skills ; Investing in people -- Especially for interns : Cost ; Spirit -- How it works : Vetting and selecting ; Nuts and bolts ; Housing ; Leveraging the labor ; This isn't working -- Future farming success : Accessing land ; Germinating new farmers ; Food clusters ; Stacking.
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America's average farmer is sixty years old. When young people can't get in, old people can't get out. Approaching a watershed moment, our culture desperately needs a generational transfer of millions of farm acres facing abandonment, development, or amalgamation into ever-larger holdings. Based on his decades of experience with interns and multigenerational partnerships at Polyface Farm, farmer and author Joel Salatin digs deep into the problems and solutions surrounding this land- and knowledge-transfer crisis. This book empowers aspiring young farmers, midlife farmers, and nonfarming landlords to build regenerative, profitable agricultural enterprises.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Forewordp. x
Introductionp. xvi
What's the Big Deal?
Chapter 1 The Needp. 2
Chapter 2 The Field Classroomp. 14
Especially for Mentors
Chapter 3 Wagesp. 36
Chapter 4 Mindsetp. 52
Chapter 5 Skillsp. 68
Chapter 6 Investing in Peoplep. 80
Especially for Interns
Chapter 7 Costp. 94
Chapter 8 Spiritp. 114
How it Works
Chapter 9 Vetting and Selectingp. 130
Chapter 10 Nuts and Boltsp. 152
Chapter 11 Housingp. 170
Chapter 12 Leveraging the Laborp. 186
Chapter 13 This Isn't Workingp. 200
Future Farming Success
Chapter 14 Accessing Landp. 214
Chapter 15 Germinating New Farmersp. 234
Chapter 16 Food Clustersp. 268
Chapter 17 Stackingp. 286
Summaryp. 302
Appendix: Historical Contextp. 310
Indexp. 324