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Third generation alternative farmer Joel Salatin explores the industrial food vs. local transparent ecological food debate during a presentation at Earlham College. Salatin’s Polyface Farm occupies 550 acres in Swoope, VA., and is featured prominently in the documentary film Food, Inc. and Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Salatin describes Polyface as a grass farm where chickens, turkey, pigs, cattle and rabbits live in a symbiotic feeding cycle. Cattle graze for 24 hours on a quarter of an acre pasture and then move to an adjacent quarter-acre pasture. Chickens follow three days later to feast on the fly larvae and further enrich the soil with their own droppings. Tickets are required for the Artist and Lecture Series event and cost $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
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