Southern SAWG – Jan 23-26, 2019
I am excited to share that Early Bird Registration is now open for the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference hosted in Little Rock, AR this year (Pre-conference: January 23–24, 2019 and General Conference: January 25–26, 2019.

If you have never attended this conference, you will love broadening your network to include attendees from 13 states and even other countries. Both the speakers and attendees represent a cross-section of the Southern Food System with producers representing a range of sizes and types of production as well as individuals of every age, gender, race, ethnicity, and orientation working in the food system from school gardens to food hubs. There are always sessions for folks like me that work in support of the system but are not actually farming- for example, I will be working co-leading a session on organizational funding. This year there will also be a number of courses relevant to farmers, food system leaders, community organizers, and researchers interested in equity, inclusion, and justice.

Below are some of the pre-conference activities to check out:

Short Courses (Day and Half)
Growing Farm Profits for Horticulture and Livestock
Start-Up Organic Vegetable Production and Marketing
Food Safety Practices for Small to Mid-Scale Producers
FSMA Facilities Rule—Preventative Controls for Human Food
Mini Courses (Half Day)
The Dual Plate: Food for Survival, Food for Comfort
Cracking The Code: Dismantling The Dynamics of Oppression (Racism)
Holistic Animal Healthcare—Healthy Livestock are Happy Livestock
Hoophouse Production of Cool Season Crops
Field Trips
Growing Organic in a Conventional World—Rattle’s Garden
Sustainable Farming Sustains A Family of Veterans—Barnhill Orchards
Pastured Poultry, Pork, and Beef—Permaculture in Practice with Farm Girl Meats
What’s All the Buzz? Bemis Bee Farm!
Work Smarter Not Harder—Heifer Ranch
There are also some great updates to the Trade Show this year that will increase foot traffic and make it easier for vendors. Sponsorships are still available and SAWG is always looking for individuals interested in providing scholarships for limited resource farmers.