Joel Salatin visits Fort Collins to help Sustainable Living Association with recovery efforts

The Sustainable Living Association announces the return of Joel Salatin after the 14th annual Sustainable Living Fair was cancelled due to the Colorado floods. Salatin’s rescheduled talk will take place Nov. 9 at the Lincoln Center Performance Hall at 4 p.m., followed by a book signing. Tickets are just $15, available at the Lincoln Center box office and all proceeds will benefit the Sustainable Living Association.

Joel Salatin discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Joel’s farm is featured prominently in Michael Pollan’s book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and the documentary films, “Food, Inc.”, and “Fresh.” His unconventional farming practices have drawn attention from the alternative agriculture community especially those interested in sustainable livestock management.

A sought-after conference speaker, Salatin addresses a wide range of issues, from “creating the farm your children will want” to “making a white-collar salary from a pleasant life in the country.” His humorous and conviction-based speeches are akin to theatrical performances, often receiving standing ovations. Q&A and book signing to follow.

Salatin is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas.

The farm 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. He holds a BA degree in English and writes extensively in magazines such as American Agriculturalist.

The family’s farm, Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”), has been featured in National Geographic, Gourmet and countless other radio, television and print media. Profiled on the “Lives of the 21st Century” series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News, his after-broadcast chat room fielded more hits than any other segment to date.

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