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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
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SRU hosts GACtv farmer Joe King

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Joe King, the oldest child and patriarch of the King Family who runs Freedom Farms, will be the speaker when Slippery Rock University's Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator hosts "Farm Kings" at 7 p.m., April 29.

The lecture will be in the Eisenberg Classroom Building Auditorium.

King, best known from GACtv's (Great American Country) reality show "Farm Kings," will speak about entrepreneurship and farming along with running a farm as a business.

The King Farm makes use of "Community Supported Agriculture," which asks local residents to pre-pay for their food, including farm produce, chicken, pork and beef, and thereby assume some of the risk involved with crop failure or bad weather.

SRU's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research sponsored a similar CSA pilot program for summer vegetables several years ago. Students involved grew vegetables, with seeds paid for in advance by local residents, and then distributed free produce each week to "customers" based on crop supplies. Excess produce was offered to the general public at a farm market.

King says to be a farmer "you have to be stubborn and get the job done."

The 11-member family, which includes a mother, a sister and nine brothers, also runs a farm store as part of its operation.

To view short videos from the TV show visit: http://www.gactv.com/gac/pac_ctnt/text/0,,GAC_26058_105638,00.html.

GACtv airs the show at 9 p.m., Thursdays.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.