Today is Small Business Saturday, so I wanted to take a minute to encourage you to make an effort to support small businesses – in your local area as well as those businesses that are doing things that you agree with and support. And please try to do this throughout the year, not just on Small Business Saturday.
Remember, your local farmer is a small business owner – in one of the most demanding industries where success is elusive. Making an effort to shop local for food – whether direct from a farmer or through a food co-op or buying club – will do a lot to support your local economy and the families of hard-working farmers.
Localization is really a larger effort – one that is essential to solving many of the problems that face the American economy. With too much centralization of large corporations and government at all levels that support it, small businesses and local economies face a steep uphill battle to survive and thrive in the months and years ahead.
But buying local and small on purpose is a way to do what you can, with what you have control over – your purchases – to strengthen your local economy and help your neighbors by keeping commerce close to home.
Finally, I’d like to remind you that True Food Solutions is a small family business. We’re an online community for people like you that care about real food and gret health, but the work to build and support that community is done by my family with help from some other small family businesses.
If you’d like to help support our efforts to build community and develop real food solutions to the food crisis we’re facing, you can do so by buying some of the great resources in the True Food Solutions store, which are on sale this weekend for 30% off – our best price of the year.
As I discussed last month in my webinar on the True Food Action Plan, the biggest changes that can be made in our food system and your health start with you. (By the way, I highly recommend you review all of our webinar resource pages, which provide links to great resources focused on the topic of the webinar).
The foundation of these changes in your life is education – gaining the knowledge of real food solutions and the wisdom of how to implement them. Knowing is not enough, though. Action is required. Often, the first action that you need to take is acting to gain the knowledge needed to know what to do next.
So with that thought in mind, I’d like to offer the resources in the True Food Solutions store to you as a help in this process. And to make it easier for you to act, I’m going to offer our best discount of the year – 30% off everything in our store, now through Monday night.
To get this fantastic 30% off savings, use coupon code ‘Thanksgiving’ at checkout.
Here are some of my favorite resources:
For farm entrepreneurs, the opportunities for a farm family business have never been greater. As the industrial agriculture complex crumbles and our culture clambers for clean food, the countryside beckons anew with profitable farming opportunities. More Info »
Foodies and environmentally minded folks often struggle to understand and articulate the fundamental differences between the farming and food systems they endorse and those promoted by Monsanto and friends. With visceral stories and humor from Salatin’s half-century as a “lunatic” farmer, Salatin contrasts the differences on many levels: practical, spiritual, social, economic, ecological, political, and nutritional. More Info »
This is THE book on the biggest small scale farming opportunity available today, according to author Joel Salatin. A couple working six months per year for 50 hours per week on 20 acres can net $25,000-$30,000 per year. In a day when main-line farm experts predict the continued demise of the family farm, the pastured poultry opportunity shines like a beacon in the night, guiding the way to a brighter future. More Info »
Inherit the Land: Adventures in the Agrarian Journey will cast a vision for your family by providing an introductory look at the blessings found when families work in an agrarian lifestyle. We’ve traveled across the US and captured stories of families experiencing the joy of working in God’s creation. More Info »
The Homestead Blessings Collection is now available with eleven DVDs included in this complete series pack. This wonderful new complete set is sure to provide hours of fun and useful instruction. The set includes The Art of Bread Making, Candle Making, Soap Making, Canning, Gardening, Herbs, Cooking, Dairy, Sewing, Quilting, Crafting. More Info »
Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm Friendly Food by Joel Salatin and Michael Pollan
Holy Cows and Hog Heaven is written by an honest-to-goodness-dirt-under-the-fingernails, optimistic clean good farmer. It has an overriding objective of encouraging every food buyer to embrace the notion that menus are a conscious decision, creating the next generation’s world one bite at a time. More Info »
God’s creation and Christian culture are inextricably related. Food, vital for sustenance, is a link between those two realities. The components of diet and lifestyle will either preserve or destroy nature and culture. Cuisine affects health—and more broadly, the world. Deliberate decisions today will shape the strength of Christian families, the endurance of Western culture, and the integrity of the natural environment for decades to come. More Info »
When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology. Genetic Roulette provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, but also offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future. More Info »
This hands-on how-to video is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in gaining more self-reliance in the area of food. Producer and director Marjory Wildcraft is a nationally recognized expert in organic backyard food production. Marjory teaches people with no gardening or agricultural experience how to successfully grow healthy, vibrant, life-giving nutritious food. More Info »
Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin (Hardback)
From farmer Joel Salatin’s point of view, life in the 21st century just ain’t normal. In FOLKS, THIS AIN’T NORMAL, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact. More Info »
Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why. More Info »
Saving the landscape, rebuilding entrepreneurial rural families, and protecting nutritious food are the themes of this timeless treatise-hence the word “testament.” Delving into the soul of the Salatin family’s nationally acclaimed Polyface Farm, author Joel Salatin offers Family Friendly Farming as the key to dealing with resource issues, food policy, and social fabric. More Info »
Drawing upon 40 years’ experience as an ecological farmer and marketer, Joel Salatin explains with humor and passion why Americans do not have the freedom to choose the food they purchase and eat. Salatin’s expert insight explains why local food is expensive and difficult to find and will illuminate for the reader a deeper understanding of the industrial food complex. More Info »
In Born Again Dirt, Noah Sanders encourages Christian farmers to evaluate their farming methods in light of Scripture. This book looks at various Biblical principles related to agriculture and provides examples of practical application. More Info »