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Sustainable farming expert to speak in Fergus Falls Thursday

Renowned sustainable farmer Joel Salatin will speak at Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls on Thursday, March 3.

Salatin is the proprietor of Polyface Farm, a family-run beyond organic, local-market farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. His farming practices are featured in "The Omnivore's Dilemma," "Food Inc." and "Fresh" and have earned him world-wide recognition as a leader in the local foods movement. The presentations are open to the public for a $15 suggested donation.

The March 3 program on the Fergus Falls campus includes:

--1:30 to 3 p.m.: Salatin will explain the grass-based polyculture system he stewards at Polyface farm to produce high quality beef, pork, poultry, rabbit, eggs and lumber.

--3 to 4:30 p.m.: A panel of farmers will discuss sustainable, nutrient-dense vegetable production.

--6:30 p.m.: Salatin's keynote address will address the necessary components of a durable, local food system.

For more information on the March 3 events, call (218) 736-1625 or e-mail