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Kristin Ohlson is the featured speaker at the 'Knowledge Pub' event next Wednesday at the Forest Theater.

A freelance journalist and author will give a talk on sustainability at the Forest Theater in downtown Forest Grove on Wednesday, April 25.

Kristin Ohlson, a Portland-based writer whose 2014 book "The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet" makes the case that so-called healthy soil can solve issues like pollution, drought and climate change, is the featured speaker for the latest in the Forest Grove Sustainability Commission's "Knowledge Pub" series.

Knowledge Pub talks offer interested residents of the Forest Grove area an opportunity to hear from an expert on a sustainability-related topic while enjoying, if they'd like (and they're of legal drinking age), an adult beverage.

Ohlson's talk is titled "Heal the Land, Heal the Climate." She will discuss how farmers and ranchers are working with scientists on a "grassroots" approach to producing food in a way that benefits the local landscape and global climate.

Doors will open for the Knowledge Pub event at 7 p.m. on April 25 at the Forest Theater, 1911 Pacific Ave. in Forest Grove. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Knowledge Pub speaker series was started last summer in an effort by the Sustainability Commission to connect with a broader audience and share the opinions and findings of professionals in their fields.

Earlier this year, Stacy Metzger, who is the volunteer "Map Your Neighborhood" program coordinator for Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, spoke about emergency preparedness at the Forest Theater. Pacific University environmental science professor Deke Gundersen spoke at spoke at the first Knowledge Pub event, which was held last June.


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