Author and farmer Joel Salatin, a popular authority on agricultural and sustainability, will headline a lecture at Hiram College’s First Annual “Environment and Society Forum” at 7 p.m. March 14, 2013 in Hayden Auditorium.
Sponsored by Hiram’s Environmental Studies Department with support from the Hiram Community Trust and the Center for Engaged Ethics, Salatin’s appearance marks the first in what is to be an annual lecture series. His appearance fits within this year’s annual ethics theme at Hiram: Food and Hunger. The title of his talk is, “Folks, This Ain’t Normal.”
Self-described “Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-Farmer,” Salatin is a full-time third-generation farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. His farm, Polyface Inc., services more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products using relationship marketing. It has been featured in in “Smithsonian Magazine,” “National Geographic, “Gourmet” profiled on the “Lives of the 21st Century” series on ABC World News, and the “New York Times.” bestseller “Omnivore’s Dilemma” by food writer guru Michael Pollan.
He is the author of nine books on family farming and agricultural life in the 21st Century, and his humorous speeches are akin to theatrical performances.
The talk is free and open to the public. A grass fed dinner will be served at the Dining Hall starting at 4:30 p.m. in conjunction with the event. Regular Dining Hall rates apply.