Friday, October 31, 2014

Sexy Food: Meet Joel Salatin

Spend time with a hunk, learn about farming and get healthy — all in a day’s work.

With dust on his boots and suspenders hugging his abs just tightly enough to reveal their muscled tone, Joel Salatin is the embodiment of the Hot Farmer.

His hotness is magnified by all the work he’s done to promote sustainable farming practices in a culture that often fights him tooth and nail. More than that, he’s a winsome Virginia boy with a heart of gold and smiling eyes. You can get up close and personal with him on Saturday, July 23, at the Kirkland Health Fair.

When he’s not busy spreading the word about how to raise cows, pigs, chicken and carrots in more humane and eco-friendly ways, he’s at home on the third-generation, family-run Polyface Farms — an iconic establishment in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Polyface catapulted to international fame as the grass farm featured on the pages of The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, as well as the Oscar-nominated film Food, Inc. Salatin is much more than just the pretty face behind the farm, however.

Overall, he’s penned six books — and his latest, The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, details his unconventional approach to agriculture. Though he is often perceived as crazy by big, bad cattle men, Salatin’s ideas might just save the future of the farming and ranching industries. “Long after the ecological adulterers and prostitutes have run their course,” he writes, “earthworms will still want organic matter to eat and will still create fertile soil out of poverty.”

His zeal for making the world a better place is as infectious in person as it is on paper. Even when you close your eyes, you can tell he is smiling through his words.

The Kirkland Health Fair represents an unprecedented opportunity to get close to Joel, as well as take advantage of free movie screenings and talks on topics such as growing, eating and living sustainably. He will be signing books throughout the afternoon, and his keynote speech will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Kirkland Performance Center.

For more information about Joel Salatin’s presence at the event (and to purchase tickets to his speech), please visit the Kirkland Health Fair website.

About Linda Miller Nicholson

Linda is a Stiletto Ninja and Foodie Fashionista. She’s the kitschy madwoman behind popular food blog, Salty Seattle (saltyseattle.com). Her interests include cooking in Louboutins and wearing dresses made of sashimi. She digs sustainability, making pasta from scratch, and cooking sous vide. She’s been called everything from the Timothy Leary to the Lady Gaga of food on national television, but at the end of the day, she’s just a pen-wielding girl wearing heels in the kitchen. Find Linda on Twitter @SaltySeattle.
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