The Faulkner County Library is honor to host Dr. David Vetter, recipient of the 2011 MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year, at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. This event is free and open to the public.

It all began on the Vetter family farm near Marquette, Neb., in 1953. That is when Don Vetter, questioning the science and ethics of the agricultural practices of the day, began to adopt organic farming methods.
Don’s son David returned to the farm in 1975 after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in agronomy/soil science from the University of Nebraska, and a Master of Divinity Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. For David, organic, sustainable farming methods became an application of both biological and theological principles. He inherited his family farm and began to research how to return it to the level of productivity it had enjoyed as a new homestead 100 years earlier.

The Vetters were true pioneers, being among the first in the region to take the organic challenge. Their courage and perseverance paid off; the farm was certified organic in 1978, and became The Grain Place, Inc. in 1979.

Now a well-established and growing business, Grain Place Foods is operated by a staff of two-dozen highly trained individuals, several of who have been with the company for over 15 years. 

The mission of Grain Place Foods is to provide to its customers grain products that are grown and produced in an ecologically sustainable and socially responsible manner - with the conviction that how your food is produced does matter!

Dr. David Vetter is regularly cited by organic farmers across the nation for the influence he has had on their decision to farm organically. He is known for treating farmer suppliers as partners. Vetter was instrumental in the creation of the Nebraska sustainable Agriculture Society and development of the Organic Crop Improvement Association. In addition to his leadership on organic farming and entrepreneurship, he has taken a strong interest in the Center’s policy advocacy – calling frequently and offering his help in reaching out to policy-makers. And he is now beginning discussions about how his family can transition their farm and business to another generation of farmers.

The lecture will include organic popcorn from Mr. Vetter’s farm! To find out more about the practices of the Vetter Family you can visit their website at GrainPlaceFoods.com. For more information on this event, call the library 501-327-7482. The library is located at 1900 Tyler St. in Conway.