Final lecture in sustainability series set for Thursday

The talk focuses on cultivating profitability alongside sustainability.

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DAYTON -- The fifth and final lecture in the "Cultivating Sustainability" is entitled "Doing Business: You're Not Sustainable Unless You're Profitable."

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. today at the Liberty Theater, 341 E. Main St.

Speakers include Cheryl Williams-Cosner, owner of GrassRoots marketing and communication consulting firm. She is also co-operator with her husband of Upper dry Creek Ranch, a sustainable livestock operation.

Williams-Cosner's presentation will provide tools for making a sustainable business enterprise profitable.

Joel Huesby, owner and operator of Thundering Hooves, a family farm and meat business in the Walla Walla Valley is the business case study presenter.

Thundering Hooves is successfully growing and marketing 100 percent grass-fed beef, lamb, goat and pastured poultry on the certified organic pastures of their fourth-generation farm.

Other presenters include Del Long, Eastern Washington field Supervisor for the Organic food Program of the state Department of Agriculture, and Kevin Scribner, who will share information on Salmon Safe.

The Emmy-nominated documentary "Broken Limbs: Apples Agriculture, and the New American Farmer" will be shown.

A short presentation about Blue Mountain Station will round out the evening.

The Port of Columbia, and the Sustainable Living Center are sponsors of the lecture series.

The Port is launching the Blue Mountain Station project, which will provide a site and support for natural and organic artisan food processing.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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