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DCCCD Summit Focuses on Sustainable Living - March 2013

photo of Joel Salatin

Contact: Ann Hatch
214-378-1819; ahatch@dcccd.edu

For immediate release — March 18, 2013 (update)

(DALLAS) — Green is a state of mind, not simply recycling a bottle or a can. Sustainability is a way of life, not just a one-time project. Together, both concepts provide the foundation and focus for the Dallas County Community College District’s 2013 Sustainability Summit, scheduled Thursday, March 28, at Mountain View College in Dallas.

The focus of the one-day event — which also includes a pre-summit workshop on March 27 — is “Doing the right things for people, our planet and the economy.” The summit, which is free and open to the public, features keynote speaker Joel Salatin, a third-generation, full-time farmer from Virginia whose alternative methods have gained national attention, plus 20 breakout sessions. Those sessions, which feature a line-up of local experts, will offer information about five key areas: healthy living; urban agriculture; resource and energy efficiency; smart cities; and green careers and jobs. More than 20 exhibitors will attend and share their green products and services, too.

The healthy living track will include these sessions: "Balancing Mind, Body, Heart and Art: Inspiration and Practice"; "The Integrative Medicine Approach"; "Using Nonviolent Communication to Improve the Quality of Your Personal and Professional Relationships"; and "What Works? Art Works. And This Is How." The urban agriculture track sessions are: "Texas Honey Bee Guild: The Buzz on Bees"; "New Trends of Healthy Food Production"; "Coppell Community Garden: Growing Food and Gardeners Since 1998"; and "Football Field to Garden: Lessons Learned, Paul Quinn College."

The resource/energy efficiency track sessions are: "Residential Solar: Does It Make Sense for You?"; "Zero Waste Events: The Next Level in Event Recycling"; "How to Save Money and Energy"; and "Walking the Talk: An Energy-Efficient Home." The smart cities track includes: "Committed to Sustainability: What the City of Dallas Is Doing and Why"; "How High-Performance Green Buildings Influence the Economy of Cities"; "Smart Buildings Help Create Smart Cities"; and "Is Dallas a Smart City?" Sessions for the green careers/jobs track are: "Green Careers at Dallas County Community College District"; "University of Texas at Arlington's Green Initiatives"; "University of North Texas Goes Green"; and "Earth NT's Green Jobs Initiative."

Following the 8:30 a.m. keynote address by Salatin, track sessions begin at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., plus 2 p.m.; each session is scheduled for 45 minutes.

Salatin also will lead the pre-summit workshop that Wednesday.

The keynote speaker, who holds a bachelor’s degree in English, writes extensively for agricultural magazines that include American Agriculturalist, Acres USA and Stockman Grass Farmer. His family’s farm, Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”) incorporates many ideas implemented by Salatin’s parents. Considered a “local farm,” Polyface Inc. serves more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products using relationship marketing.

The Salatins’ farm has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic and Gourmet; on radio and television; and in other print news outlets. Profiled on the “Lives of the 21st Century” series with Peter Jennings on “ABC World News Tonight,” the story prompted more hits than any other segment to date in the show’s after-broadcast chat room. Polyface Inc. achieved iconic status after it was featured in the New York Times bestseller “Omnivore’s Dilemma” by food guru writer Michael Pollan, whose new book is titled “Folks, This Ain’t Normal.”

During the pre-summit event on March 27, Salatin will discuss “Ballet in the Pasture”; the cost for that event is $250, and the one-day workshop is part of the Clean Economy Series offered in Texas by the Carbon Economy Series, a nonprofit organization based in New Mexico. Polyface Farm is described as a “choreographed plant-animal symbiosis that heals the landscape, the community and the eater.” Salatin’s presentation combines humor and entertainment to encourage others to think about sustainable living. He provides a virtual tour of the farm with pictures and commentary about the grass-based, multi-species livestock farm. “Ballet in the Pasture” is Salatin’s signature performance.

Visit www.dcccd.edu/SustainabilitySummit to register for the free summit or for more information about breakout sessions. To sign up for the $250 pre-summit program, part of the Clean Economy Series, visit carboneconomyseries.com; click on Workshops/Dallas/Joel Salatin and then hit the registration cart link. For details about exhibiting, email Maria Boccalandro at mboccalandro@dcccd.edu or call her at (214) 860-8564.

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Editors’ note: The Clean Economy Series, which is bringing Joel Salatin and Gary Liss to DCCCD and Dallas for their daylong workshops in March and April, also is presenting a Steward’s Dinner on Tuesday, March 26, in Dallas; this farm-to-table event is a celebrity chef dinner for Salatin. Four chefs will pair with four organic farms to create a four-course gourmet dinner for Salatin. For details, visit urbanacresmarket.com/stewards-dinner.