Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef. Salatin raises livestock using holistic methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. He was recently interviewed for the film, Food, Inc. where he appeared alongside other notable authors including Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan whose 2006 best-seller, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, featured Salatin’s farm prominently.
Salatin’s philosophy of farming emphasizes healthy grass on which animals can thrive in a symbiotic cycle of chemical-free feeding. Cows are moved from one pasture to another rather than being centrally corn fed. Then chickens in portable coops are moved in behind them, where they dig through the cow dung to eat protein-rich fly larvae while further fertilizing the field with their droppings.
Update: The talk begins promptly at 7:30 PM in Webster University’s Grant Gym. You can RSVP for the talk at www.webster.edu/salatin