Our first book that we’ll be reading for the launch of the Land & Table Book Club is by self-professed ‘lunatic’ farmer Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm. Like all his books, ‘‘Folks This Ain’t Normal‘ is a thought provoking read. We’ll be reading it through December and then will discuss the book in our first meeting on Thursday, January 5th (7:00-8:30pm) at the Bedford Central public Library in the town of Bedford. Each L&T in-person Book Club meeting will take place the 1st Thursday of each month.

More on December’s book:

“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.

Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as “Virginia’s most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture” and profiled in the Academy Award nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the bestselling book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, understands what food should be: Wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life. And his message doesn’t stop there. From child-rearing, to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller’s knack for the revealing anecdote.”

Order your book today from a used book retailer like: ThriftBooks.com, AbeBooks.com or visit a locally owned independent bookstore like Givens Books (in Lynchburg) if you want to order this book new. Don’t have time to sit down and read? Get it on audiobook and listen while you are on the go!


  • Step 1: Sign up using the form below or go: here. You will get on the Book Club email list for meeting and book title announcements.
  • Step 2: Invite a friend!
  • Step 3: Join the Book Club Facebook Group to ask questions, interact with others, make book suggestions and more. If you are not on Facebook don’t worry, we hope to move to another online forum in the near future, so stay tuned!
  • Step 4: Mark your calendar for the first meeting.
  • Step 5: Order your book ASAP! And start reading. All you need is 30 minutes a day 🙂
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