WILMINGTON, OHIO—Wilmington College will feature Joel Salatin, full-time farmer, prominent lecturer, and fresh-food advocate, at the 2014 Food Symposium, April 23. This year’s theme is titled, “Beyond Nutrition: Rethinking our Relationship with Food.”
In his countless books, lectures, and guest-speaking events, 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.” A wordsmith, he describes his occupation as “mob-stocking herbivorous solar conversion lignified carbon sequestration fertilization.”
Profiled on the Lives of the 21st Century series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News, Salatin’s after-broadcast chat room fielded more hits than any other segment to date. It achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma by food writer Michael Pollan and in the award-winning film documentary, Food, Inc.
“For Wilmington College, an institution that features agriculture as its largest growing major, Joel Salatin is a food and farm icon. His practical, applied approaches to farming and food development match that of our program,” said Corey Cockerill, a member of the Food Symposium planning committee.
“I think students will really relate to his quippy anecdotes and lessons learned.”
According to his bio, 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.”
Four generations of his family currently live and work on the farm.
The Food Symposium is free and open to the public. The day’s events include a cake bake-off, a public cake tasting, a panel discussion, the keynote address, and a book signing to follow. Books will be available on site for purchase prior to the signing event.
For more information about the symposium, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FoodSymposiumWC and on Twitter via @Food_Symposium. For questions, contact Corey Cockerill at 937-382-6661 Ext. 302 or Monte Anderson at 937-382-6661 Ext. 327.
Cake Bake-off/cake drop off: 11:30am-Noon
Closed judging: 12:15pm-1:00pm
Public tasting: 1:30pm-2:30pm
Panel discussion: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Campus tours, college farm tours: 4:30pm-6:00pm
Keynote address: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Book signing: 8:45pm