Joel Salatin, American farmer, author, and proponent of sustainable agriculture, paid a visit to our Faculty on Monday, September 27.
Salatin gained international recognition after he was profiled in Michael Pollan’s New York Times bestseller, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. He was also featured in the documentaries Food Inc and Fresh.
He shared stories and insights based on his new book, The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, at a free student lecture held in our MacMillan building. Later that evening, UBC Farm hosted an intimate dinner in Salatin’s honour. Twenty guests paid $95 a ticket for a gourmet meal created by Andrea Carlson, Executive Chef at Bishop’s Restaurant. Proceeds from this special event went to the Farm.
Salatin also gave a sold-out lecture later that evening. Tickets were $45, with ticket sales benefiting the Farm, and included a signed, pre-released copy of The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer.
UBC Farm Administrative Coordinator Natalie Yuen was instrumental in organizing Salatin’s visit.
“Joel Salatin is making a tremendous impact in the agricultural world by demonstrating how you can successfully integrate animals into agroecosystems by allowing them to express their natural behaviours,” said Yuen. Salatin’s mixed livestock rotation system on Polyface Farm is the model Yuen is using for her Master’s thesis at UBC Farm.
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