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Fields of Farmers | How it Works – Housing
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Housing, housing, housing. It would be such a simple (mostly) thing without all those regulations. Housing is what kept us from having girl interns and apprentices for a very long time. We were finally able to find some loopholes in our county laws to put up additional legal housing on the farm. We are not … Read the Rest

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Fields of Farmers | How it Works – Nuts & Bolts
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The internship at Polyface runs from June 1st to September 30th. No exceptions. We don’t offer delays, deletions, or extensions. The reason is simple: we spend the first week in hardcore orientation, and we can’t afford to do it twice. Everybody must show up the first day of practice. It’s all in. 100% here or … Read the Rest

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Fields of Farmers | How It Works – Vetting and Selecting
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This morning I took a friend to the airport so I didn’t get a chance to write my Friday post until now. We’ve been talking about Fields of Farmers by Joel Salatin This week we’re on Chapter 9 in the How it Works section of the book. Vetting and Selecting There are so, so many … Read the Rest

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Fields of Farmers | Especially for Interns Part 2
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Spirit It’s all about the spirit of the intern. This chapter is specifically address to the intern. Joel writes: I liken internships to immersion experiences. It’s like a baptism. You’re completely overwhelmed. You’ve got a new living situation, new work situation, new learning situation, new food value situation. That’s a lot of newness to absorb … Read the Rest

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Fields of Farmers | Especially for Interns Part 1
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I should have known better than to try to write blog posts during our intern check out weeks – the first 2 weeks in Dec and then Christmas on top of that. So, if you’re okay with it. Let’s continue our discussions on Fields of Farmers by Joel Salatin CHAPTER 7 This week were talking … Read the Rest

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Fields of Farmers | Especially for Mentors Part 2
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Wages Whew, this is a hot topic on Polyface. Many people who don’t truly understand what is offered in our intern program think that we are exploiting our young people. But what about all of the learning they get out of it? The job opportunities? One of the things that we have noticed that makes … Read the Rest

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Fields of Farmers | Especially for Mentors Part 1
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Wow, great discussion last week on “What the big deal?” Thank you all for sharing. If you missed it, you’ll definitely want to go back and read over the comments. You can see that here. This week we start the “Especially for Mentors” section in the book. We’re going to be on this section for … Read the Rest

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Fields of Farmers | What’s the Big Deal?
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Welcome to week 1 discussion of Fields of Farmer by Joel Salatin. This week we are in Chapters 1 and 2. Chapter 1 deals with “The Need” for farmers. The average farmer in the US today is 60 years old and 50% of all farms will change hands in the next couple of decades. Farmers … Read the Rest

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Fields of Farmers Discussion and Read-Along Schedule
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It sounds like we have enough of us interested in reading this book together to make it an interesting discussion. So, here’s what I’m thinking for schedule: Friday,  November 8 – Discussion on Chapters 1 and 2 – “What’s the Big Deal?” Section Friday, November 15 – Discussions on Chapters 3 and 4 – “Especially … Read the Rest

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