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Joel Salatin: Environment and Society Forum – March 14

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.

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  1. CassandraMarch 10, 2013 at 8:47 pmReply

    Do i need to register for this event, if i wanna seat when should i show up.

    • Christina StavaleMarch 11, 2013 at 9:11 amReply

      No; you do not need to register. The event is free and open to the public.

  2. RichardMarch 12, 2013 at 11:11 amReply

    I am a local resident, not an alumnus. Do my wife and I need tickets or reservations for the talk or the grass fed beef dinner in the cafeteria? What time do you recommend arriving for the dinner? Thanks so much for your time.

    • Christina StavaleMarch 12, 2013 at 5:07 pmReply


      You do not need tickets or reservations to either event. Dinner at the Dining Hall is served starting at 4:30 p.m., but you may arrive any time. Cost is $8.25 per person at the door. Here is a map of campus, in case you need it for your visit: http://www.hiram.edu/images/pdfs/about/campus-map.pdf.

      Please let me know if you have any further questions.

      Christina Stavale | Web Content Manager

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