James Moore interviews farmer/philosopher/author/educator Fred Kirschenmann Tue at 6:30pm

Fred Kirschenmann, international leader in organic and sustainable agriculture, will Fred Kirschenmannbe in Fairfield Tuesday, May 18, speaking at the Sondheim Center at 8:00 pm.  Dr. Kirschenmann's talk, "Food and Farming in our Future," will be hosted by Francis Thicke's campaign for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.  The lecture is free and open to the public. 

A Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Kirschenmann has lectured and written extensively about ethics and agriculture.  A collection of his essays was recently published as a book, titled Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher. Fred's book covers his writings on farming, philosophy and sustainability.  Copies of Fred's book will be available for sale, and Fred will sign them, after the lecture.

Kirschenmann holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and has written extensively about ethics and agriculture. He has held numerous appointments, including the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board and the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production operated by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and funded by Pew Charitable Trusts.

Frederick L. Kirschenmann, a longtime national and international leader in sustainable agriculture, shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also oversees management of his family's 3,500-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota and is a professor in the ISU Department of Religion and Philosophy.