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Dempsey Lecture challenges us to think local 

Local Food to the Rescue

Featured in Michael Pollan's best-selling book "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and the film "Food, Inc.," Joel Salatin is a third-generation family farmer in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley who has become one of the most well-known spokespeople for the local and sustainable agriculture movements.

Local Food to the Rescue | Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Joel Salatin, owner and operator of Polyface Farm, Swoope, Va.
Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
Free (no RSVP required)

The alternative practices Salatin uses at his family farm, Polyface, Inc., have become a model for sustainable farmers across the country. Polyface serves more than 10 retail outlets, 3,000 families and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs, and it has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic and Gourmet, among other media outlets.

For more information, visit the Dempsey Lecture website.

Related Event
Willamette will host a free showing of "American Meat," a documentary featuring Joel Salatin, on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Paulus Lecture Hall (Room 201) at the Willamette University College of Law.

The film highlights the state of the country's livestock industry. After the showing, filmmakers and local experts in sustainable agriculture and the locavore movement will lead a roundtable discussion.