The Accidental Farmers: An urban couple, a rural calling and a dream of farming in harmony with Nature

The Accidental Farmers An urban couple a rural calling and a dream of farming in harmony with Nature When Tim and Liz Young decided to leave their comfortable suburban life and become first time farmers in rural Georgia they embarked on a journey that would change their lives The Accidental Farmers

  • Title: The Accidental Farmers: An urban couple, a rural calling and a dream of farming in harmony with Nature
  • Author: Tim Young
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  • Page: 141
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  • When Tim and Liz Young decided to leave their comfortable suburban life and become first time farmers in rural Georgia, they embarked on a journey that would change their lives The Accidental Farmers reveals how the couple learned that hamburgers, bacon, and eggs don t come from the supermarket but from real animals that forge emotional bonds with their human caretakers.When Tim and Liz Young decided to leave their comfortable suburban life and become first time farmers in rural Georgia, they embarked on a journey that would change their lives The Accidental Farmers reveals how the couple learned that hamburgers, bacon, and eggs don t come from the supermarket but from real animals that forge emotional bonds with their human caretakers Seeking a middle path between a meatless lifestyle and the barbarism of factory food, Tim and Liz created Nature s Harmony Farm, a sustainable oasis where rare breed animals and humans live together searching for something nearly lost by both humans and the animals to live naturally off the land.

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    1. This type book is generally my very favorite subject matter. Now I don't want to read a homesteading book for awhile. The author comes across as condescending to any other ideas other than his own. He even uses the 3rd person approach when talking about cheesemaking. Oh come on please. I live in Georgia so I was very excited when I discovered this book and now I'm just shaking my head. I DO know farming is hard, but just to let animals die to strengthen the breed??? Then I proceeded to look up h [...]

    2. This book is a mixed bag. The writing is pretty bad, but I forgive him because he is not a writer - he's a corporate exec turned farmer. I'm totally fascinated by the story of city people turning to farming in any form, really. This is a very personal story, and I admire how bare and honest it is. Tim and his wife Liz made a lot of boneheaded mistakes as they dove head-first into farming with zero experience, and it's interesting to read and learn from their mistakes as well as their successes. [...]

    3. This book was a fantastic read. This author really opened up and shared the good, the bad and the ugly about his (and his wife's) transition from corporate suburban couple to sustainable farmers. Loved the authenticity.When I started the book, I very quickly fell into the "man, I would love to be a farmer" mindset. By the time I finished, I knew I was not cut out for it. But I am incredibly grateful that some people are. Some parts of Young's life are very enviable. Primarily, cheesemaking! But [...]

    4. UPDATE 10-30-2014. Tim has put natures harmony farm and the cheese business he's promoting now up for sale. georgialandcompany/artisanGuess that answers the question about sustainability. -------------------review-------------------Tim and Liz Young have a lot to say about farming; they've blogged, they've done interviews,and they've done a podcast and even tried starting a farming/homesteading forum called farm-dreams. This is a review of the book that they wrote about their farming experiences [...]

    5. I enjoyed this book. I had a couple of problems with it, but my favorite chapter by far was the one where the author detailed his travails. Farming is very difficult, and sustainable farming is incredibly difficult.Those who criticize the authors for their treatment of animals are off the mark. Withholding artificial props such as chemical wormers and antibiotics is scientifically sound, if you goal is to create a sustainable farm. It is no different from withholding chemical fertilizer and inse [...]

    6. This book gave me whiplash. It started out with a great story, a lot of inspiration and humor, and great ideals. Then it got dark - and not necessarily in the way the author warned the reader about. Yes, farming/homesteading involves illness, death, and and unfortunate circumstances. But this book descended rapid from the lofty heights of the charming first half to a ugly, featureless plain – I felt like I was a psychiatrist listening to the author defend his methods with the same arguments ov [...]

    7. Although I loved that this book was so informing regarding farming culture, I felt that the tone of the language to be a bit self righteous and condescending. It is always interesting to read about couples that take the deep step from a nine to five into self employment, and for that i give the authors kudos. I felt that this book was a little more about creating a good marketing campaign about farming then it was an honest retelling of life on the farm. That is not to say that the book was not [...]

    8. I'm done. I give up and couldn't finish it. The immature writing style and atrocious editing alone were enough to discourage me, but I was interested enough in the subject matter that I kept pushing through. Eventually though, his condescending tone and arrogance in his approach to people, crop management, and animal husbandry were painful. His inept and grasping, failed, attempts at learning from his mistakes became too much to keep reading about, especially after he had revealed that he had t [...]

    9. I would have liked this more had it been a little less preachy and a little more book rather than an advertisement to read their blog. I'm really torn on how I feel about how they handle their animals. I see the point, but it does seem cruel too.

    10. I was fascinated by Tim and Liz Young's sudden life change as they gave up the city for the country. As the title describes, they seemed to 'accidentally' fall into farming, since, once they had purchased 72 acres they really had no idea what to do next. Having given up their careers, becoming farmers seemed the logical choice.There are hints that Liz would rather homestead, and live off the land, living as she says 'like a hermit'. Tim gently pushes on into the farming life--specifically, raisi [...]

    11. This book is one of the better stories of how an urban person rediscovers the agricultural life. I would have rated it higher but for the large number of misstatements and wrong information about agriculture in general. His bias against "factory" farming is not supporting of his position of improving the environment and food supply. I have cousins who are farming the farm our great-grandfather started 156 years ago. The farm has not disappeared due to the horrors of today's agriculture.Among the [...]

    12. Holy cow pun intended! I'm in the midst of reading this book a second time. The beginning chapters tell how this urban couple picked up and moved from the city (Atlanta) to the middle of nowhere and began farming, without ANY experience. Not content to just grow lettuce, they took on every imaginable livestock species pigs, chickens (meat and laying), ducks, geese, sheep, rabbitsyou name it and returned them all to their natural environments. That's when everything got interesting.The animals, h [...]

    13. Interesting book and while this is one of my favorite subjects, I didn't like that more than half the book was old blog posts - made me wonder why I bothered to buy the book?

    14. A candid, fun look at two city-dwellers with no farming skills beginning their own farm that works in accordance with nature.

    15. Easy read, tells the truth about how hard farming really is.I recommended this book to anyone thinking of abandoning their day job in search of greener pastures. Idyllic scenes and harsh realities, nothing is sugar coated.

    16. This book sounded really interesting. I tried to read it a couple of months ago , gave up. Started it again this week, gave up again. Just not for me.

    17. I wish I could have rated this book with 2.5 stars - there were some parts that I did like, but overall it was just OK. Tim Young describes he and his wife's journey from typical suburbanites with high stress lives to rural farmers. They initially started their journey by learning more about the industrial food system and how terrible it is for everyone involved - the animals, the people working with the animals, and the consumers. Because they had fairly high paying jobs they were able to purch [...]

    18. I enjoyed listening to this book mainly because I love farming stories. It is interesting to hear how different people decide to move away from typical American life and join homesteading movement. This couple were apparently very naive and just went for it, figuring it out as they went. I know other stories of successful farmers who have done the same, but it seems a little unfair for them to act as anyone can just do it at a drop of a hat. Just spending a little more time doing some research a [...]

    19. I waffled between 3 and four stars but settled on three for a few reasons. The author is a type A personality that had spent most of his life in business, so he is very much the kind of person who gets the gist of things, llots a general course, asks himself if it's feasable and plows ahead. That outlook affected the writing of the book, in that it could have used a good editor. Not that there were many errors (I only caught three) but in the shifts of time, insertion of blog posts, and overall [...]

    20. "The Accidental Farmers" is a very entertaining and informative tale of a couple who gave up their careers and high lifestyle to go "back to the earth". As the author wrote,"our Green Acres story is one of love. Mainly love for each other and a deep desire to have a life where we could spend all of our time together and not be in separate jobs, but also ur passion for animals and nature." They quit their jobs, sold their suburban home, and moved to a remote farm in Georgia, without any prior kno [...]

    21. If natural farming involves treating animals with the level of cruelty displayed in this book, I suggest we look for another, more humane, model. For example, when a flock of his heritage turkeys became so ill that the swelling of the sides of their faces literally caused their eyes to pop out of their sockets, nothing was done to lighten their suffering, as nothing had been done to prevent the illness in the first place. These birds had been pre-sold for customers' Thanksgiving dinner, so there [...]

    22. I was hoping for a personal memoir. Instead this was a ton of preaching about sustainable meat farming practices. I'm not interested in that.

    23. 3.5 starsInteresting listen about a couple who quit working for "the man" and start working "the land". The couple buy a farm in GA and decide to become livestock farmers. The book covers day to day live on the farm as well as current issues with industrialized farming. One topic that I found extremely interesting was that maternal instincts are being bred out of breeds used in industrialized farming because mothers don't raise their young anymore. The country life is not for the faint of heart [...]

    24. Four years after leaving suburbia to purchase farm land in rural Georgia, Tim Young wrote this book about how he and his wife, Liz, learned to farm. Truly novices, they raised, slaughtered, and sold pigs, cows, and chickens. They learned to make cheese, and grew their own vegetables. The drawbacks and difficulties are clearly expressed, as well as his satisfaction with their decision. Posts from their blog are included at the beginning of many chapters; some of which repeat almost verbatim parts [...]

    25. I was not impressed. It is a fairly passionate manifesto about a certain lifestyle. I'm quite sympathetic to it, but I definitely look less into the persuasion factor and more into some practical advice and experience and from that perspective the book is lacking. Reading Joel Salatin's books and Wranglerstar's book and Patrice Lewis's 'Rural Revolution' blog will probably give you more insight than this book.So, it's not bad, but I really can't point to anything that I like about it.

    26. This book was controversial for me. I really liked reading about farmers who care about their animal's welfare and strive to have happy, healthy stock. But their non-use of dewormers and vaccines bothered me to some extent. I understand their ideal if making animals naturally hardy and commend them for that. Somehow not deworming food animals seems dangerous to me. It's something I'm interests in looking into. All in all a good read even if it starts a little dry.

    27. This book was written by the husband from the husband and wife team that does the podcast for Farm-dreams. Yesterday had this as an e-book for $.99. Can't beat the price, plus I'm excited to hear their story of how they started their farm.Right away, Tim weeds out squeamish readers, with a hilarious description of how bloody he and the dogs are when they greet their local postal carrier on chicken-harvest day.

    28. I was so excited to get a copy of the book after listening to Tim and Liz's podcast. I was not disappointed. This is a moving—and at times heartbreaking—narrative of one couple's move from city to farm. Tim's writing flows beautifully from one topic to another and he draws you in to their adventure. I learned so much from his honest assessment of their efforts to raise animals in the most natural and humane way possible. This is a book I have shared and will certainly read again.

    29. I liked it for what it was; a personal memoir of one couple's journey from the city to the country. Definitely eye-opening in terms of what happens when we try to undo everything we have done to make animals (and ourselves) dependent on antibiotics, energy inputs and chemicals. Not the best "prose" or writing style (don't read if you're looking for Hemingway, etc.) but, personal bias aside, a good memoir that gives the reader something to think about.

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