I've written about Natures Harmony farms / Tim and Liz Young a few times; basically that they talk a lot about farms and profits when none of their ventures appear to have made one; and that their animal husbandry choices aren't what most farmers would choose to do,given the same choices. You can read more details if you'd like here.
So they've written a booklet this time, "The farm-dreams guide to profitable homesteading" and they're peddling it on amazon. I wrote the following review:
"Dusty Bottoms" is a pseudonym of Tim and Liz Young. While they have
many opinions on farming and have dabbled in it for a few years now,
they've never had any of their ventures last more than a year or two,
and as near as I can tell and in my opinion, none of them have produced
It's a lot easier to talk about farming than to actually do it. Take what is written here with a grain of salt, please.
You'll find my review (and some very critical comments about me and my review:) here. (link now broken, see updates, below)
Update: "T.J", who appears to be Tim Young, has deleted his comments about my review and has now purchased his own book so that he can be an "amazon verified purchase", after I pointed out to him that it was a little embarrassing to be "reviewing" a book you'd never purchased.
Update 2: Tim has managed to get my review, above, deleted. Amazing. It even erased it from my amazon profile; that's very sneaky, amazon. If you delete peoples reviews, what good is what is left?
At the time of deletion, 5 of 7 people found my review helpful. The next-most-helpful review had 2 votes.
Update 3: I've reposted my review. link broken, see update #4 Wonder how long it will last? Amazon support emailed me and said that the removal of my review was "due to a technical error" and that the review was within their guidelines. And it seems that most folks agree with it.
Update 4: My review was removed, here's the email from amazon support:
Your recent review for "The Farm-Dreams Guide to Profitable
Homesteading" was found to reveal personal information that is not
publicly available. In order to help customer make informed choices, we
encourage them to review the product and information related to it.
However, reviews which violate our guidelines or conditions of use will
It's a big secret that Tim and Liz are really dusty bottoms and farm-dreams, eh? Ok. Shhh! Don't tell anyone!
In my opinion half the reviews written are by the authors; no "real name" tag on their names, none of them have any other history or reviews, and they're all glowing reports. Tim has a lot of time on his hands, I think. Maybe you should make some more cheese there, Tim. Idle hands and all that.
7 hours ago