WC Lands 'Food and Farm Icon' Joel Salatin for April Food Symposium

Third Generation Alternative Farmer to Speak on 'Holy Cows and Hog Heaven'

March 27, 2014

Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin

Fresh food advocate and author Joel Salatin will provide the keynote address at Wilmington College’s 2014 Food Symposium April 23 under the theme “Beyond Nutrition: Rethinking Our Relationship with Food.

”Salatin, a third generation alternative farmer, will present the address, “Holy Cows and Hog Heaven,” at 7:30 p.m. in Hermann Court. He will speak on the “moral, ethical thread” that connects field to plate.

Other Food Symposium activities include a cake bake-off competition and public tasting, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and a panel discussion highlighting the day’s “Beyond Nutrition” theme at 3 p.m., both of which will be in Kelly Center. Also, campus tours will be available.

All events are free and open to the public.

In his numerous books and speaking appearances, Salatin creatively and colorfully 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 noted 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.

Corey Cockerill, associate professor of communications and a member of the Food Symposium planning committee, described Salatin as a “food and farm icon.” She said it is especially fitting for a college with agriculture as its fastest growing major to host an appearance by Salatin.

“His practical, applied approaches to farming and food development match that of our program,” she said. “I think students will really relate to his quippy anecdotes and lessons learned.”

According to his biographical portrait, 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 in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
More information and updates on the symposium are available on Facebook at 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.

Event Schedule
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


Food Symposium

Time: 1:30 PM until 9:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Location: McCoy Room, Kelly Center & Hermann Court

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