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  •  Food for Thought Speaker Series: Joel Salatin

    Wednesday, January 19th
    7 p.m.
    Recital Hall

    General tickets are $10 and can be purchased online: 

    Tickets with SCU ID are $3 and can only be purchased on campus at the Benson Center Info Desk using your Access card.  You must save your receipt.  Your receipt is NOT your ticket.  Exchange your receipt for a ticket to the event during the following days and times:

    January 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14
    11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. at the event table in Benson
    2-5 p.m. at the Food and Agribusiness Institute office in Lucas Hall 111


    Joel Salatin is a third generation farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  Joel and his family’s farm, Polyface Farms, are featured prominently in Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma and in the documentary films, Food, Inc. and Fresh.

    Joel holds a BA degree in English and has published six books, including Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War stories from the local food front, Family Friendly Farming: A Multi-Generational Home-Based Business Testament, and You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farming Business. 

    The mission at Polyface Farms is to develop emotionally, economically, environmentally enhancing agricultural enterprises and facilitate their duplication throughout the world.  Joel and his family fulfill that mission through their dedication to alternative, environmentally-friendly farming techniques.  The cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and rabbits at Polyface Farms are raised on a rotational grazing system inspired by nature that allows the land to heal, creating harmony between the environment and the animals.

    Joel Salatin’s speaking and writing reflect dirt-under-the-fingernails experience punctuated with mischievous humor. He passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm.

    Sponsored by the Food and Agribusiness Institute.

    Cosponsored by the Environmental Studies Institute, the Office of Sustainability, the Bronco Urban Gardens Program, and the B-LEGIT.

  •  Food for Thought Speaker Series: Film Screening Fresh

    Join us for a screening of Fresh, a documentary that celebrates the farmers, thinkers, and business leaders across America who are re-inventing our food system. Discussion will follow the film.

    Thursday, January 13th
    Williman Room
    6 p.m.

    Refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring dinner.

    Sponsored by the Food and Agribusiness Institute. Cosponsored by the Environmental Studies Institute, the Office of Sustainability, and the Bronco Urban Gardens Program.

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