Hiram's first Environment and Society Forum is March 15

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Author and farmer Joel Salatin, a popular authority on agricultural and sustainability, will headline a lecture at Hiram College's first 'Environment and Society Forum' at 7 p.m. March 14 in Hayden Auditorium on campus.

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 "Smithsonian Magazine," "National Geographic," "Gourmet," profiled on the "Lives of the 21st Century" series on ABC World News, and in the "New York Times" bestseller "Omnivore's Dilemma" by food writer guru Michael Pollan.

Salatin 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.

For more information about Hiram College, please visit www.hiram.edu.

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