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Author, Naturalist David Kline Digs into Sustainable Agriculture for SNC

November 17, 2003

DELAWARE, OHIO -- David Kline, farmer, naturalist, and writer, will lecture as part of the Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series at Ohio Wesleyan University on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room. Kline will discuss "Living Sustainably in an Agrarian Society," which relates to this year's Colloquium theme on "Food: A Harvest of History, Culture, Politics, and Science."

Kline and his family farm 120 acres and operate a 40-cow organic dairy near Mt. Hope, Ohio. Author of Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer's Journal (1990) and Scratching the Woodchuck: Nature on an Amish Farm (1997), Kline is also an editor for Farming Magazine. His articles and essays have appeared in many magazines and newspapers including National Wildlife and Geo.

In his lecture, Kline will address how to preserve biodiversity, farmland, and ethnic heritage. He will explore organic farming and the concept of sustainable agriculture as a means to a healthier environment and beneficial stewardship of the land. As Kline explains, the food we eat affects our quality of life. By reducing diversity we jeopardize our own survival, not to mention our quality of life.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 18th year at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free and open to the public. More information is available at snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.