Dempsey Lecture 2013

Local Food to the Rescue

"Local Food to the Rescue"

Joel Salatin
Owner and Operator of Polyface Farm in Swoope, Va.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.

  • Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Willamette University
  • Free

About the speaker

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.

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.

A prolific writer and sought-after conference speaker, Salatin will discuss how he believes local food can rescue our society from a wide range of problems, including animal abuse, pollution, nutrient deficiency and rural economic decay. A self-described “lunatic farmer,” Salatin’s humorous and conviction-based speeches are akin to theatrical performances.

Related Event

Willamette University 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.

Contact

This event is sponsored by the Dempsey Foundation and Willamette University's Center for Sustainable Communities.
For more information, contact Joe Bowersox at 503-370-6220.