Mini Courses Serve Up Big Helpings of Information

Five great ½ day mini courses are on the menu at our Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms conference in Mobile! Register for one of these pre-conference offerings.

Mini courses are offered on January 15, 2015--starting at 1:00 pm and ending at 5:00 pm. Spend an afternoon learning what the experts know and how they do it. You'll go home with practical information you can put to use right away. You have to register for these courses and space is limited.

Learn more about these pre-conference mini courses here.

Southern SAWG Trains Trainers in Organic High Tunnel Production

Organic hoop house training at Sunbright Organics, Tuskegee, AL.

Organic hoop house training at Sunbright Organics, Tuskegee, AL.

Southern SAWG, in cooperation with several partners and with the support of a generous Southern SARE PDP grant, has completed a series of organic high tunnel vegetable production “train the trainer” events in Kentucky and Alabama. The goal of the trainings was to better equip service providers to assist producers interested in organic and high tunnel production. Natural Resources Conservation professionals were particularly targeted because of the special funding initiatives they have for high tunnels in their EQIP program. 

Over 100 service providers participated in the programs and, based on evaluation results, the trainings were very effective. Some comments from participants included:

 “Worth a long trip. Practical information was outstanding”

“Great technical explanation on soil, practical management and site specific application for AL.”

“I hope to spread the news among communities of color in the black belt how hoop houses can increase their income & how marketing can increase it as well.”

When Southern SAWG puts together trainings such as this, we gather a team from across the region who have proven themselves in their work. For this particular set of trainings we had a three person training team that included Andrew Williams from Alabama, Mark Cain from Arkansas and Mark Schonbeck from Virginia.


Editor's Note: Did you miss out on these high tunnel trainings OR do you want to learn more? Register for the 2015 Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference. We are offering a dynamite short course and four general sessions on high tunnel production and management. Of course, high tunnels are just one of the many topics that will be covered at the conference. See the whole program here.

Be a Hero to your Local Food Hero on #Giving Tuesday!

“If the farmer is poor then so is the whole country.” – Polish proverb. Please help a farmer attend our 2015 conference by donating toward Southern SAWG’s scholarship fund. You and the farmer will be richer for it. 

With your donation, you will help Southern SAWG share its vision of a world in which everyone has access to wholesome food from a just, sustainable farming and food system that supports good environmental stewardship and quality of life for all. 

Our goal is to raise $6,000—enough to provide 30 fee waivers to the general conference. You can donate $100 to provide a farmer with a 1/2 scholarship, or $200 covers the full fee waiver. Of course, any amount will help!

Click here to help a farmer attend our conference by contributing to a scholarship fund. Or download this form and mail to: 

Southern SAWG, P.O. Box 1552, Fayetteville, AR 72702 

Donations are tax-deductible and further our mission to empower and inspire farmers, individuals, and communities in the South to create an agricultural system that is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane. 

Past scholarship recipients share their stories below.


Let everyone know you support sustainable agriculture and the work of Southern SAWG! 

Show your support on #GivingTuesday by taking a picture with a message of why you support Southern SAWG. Write on a piece of paper or use the template below, tagging your photo with #SSAWG #GivingTuesday #unselfie, then share on Facebook or Twitter.

Download this image, fill in the blank  and take a picture stating why you support Southern SAWG. Tag  your photo with #SSAWG #GivingTuesday #unselfie, then share on Facebook or Twitter.

Download this image, fill in the blank  and take a picture stating why you support Southern SAWG. Tag  your photo with #SSAWG #GivingTuesday #unselfie, then share on Facebook or Twitter.

Wanted: A Few Good (not tall) Farm Tales

Apply now! Deadline is December 1, 2014.

Got an amazing farm tale to tell? We’d love to hear it! At our Practical Tools and Solutions For Sustaining Family Farm Conference this January in Mobile, we’ll have an evening of farm stories and music. “Tales from the South”, a public radio program, will be taping talented farmers at our conference reading their own true stories. We’re looking for tales ranging from hilarious to touching, from everyday occurrences to life-altering experiences. 

Submit your story for consideration for the show!

Those selected for the show will receive a FREE conference registration.

Click here for submission details. Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2014 and you must be able to attend the Saturday evening recording.

Below is an example to get your creative writing juices flowing.

Call for Posters Deadline Approaches

Deadline for abstract submission is November 15, 2014.

Attention Researchers and Agricultural Service Providers:

We are pleased to announce the Call for Posters for Southern SAWG’s 24th annual Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms conference. Those interested in displaying a poster(s) at this event must first submit a brief abstract for each poster. Members of the Southern SAWG Scientific Committee will review all submitted abstracts and make decisions regarding acceptance. 

Details available here.

2015 Conference Program Now Online!


We’re heading to the coast again this winter for Southern SAWG’s Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms conference! This popular event draws over 1,000 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation. With our outstanding “field-tested” presenters and full slate of hot-topic conference sessions, pre-conference courses and field trips, you won’t want to be left out in the cold this January! Click here for details!