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Take your camera or smart phone with you next time you go to work. Yes, it is a very busy time of year for farmers. But it's also a perfect time to capture a fantastic photo, or video, of your farming or ranching operation. Show off your sustainable crops, fields, livestock, market booth, value-added products, equipment, CSA box... well you get the idea.Read More
Application Deadline Extended: September 4, 2015
The Southern SAWG Board of Directors is accepting applicants for consideration of Board appointment beginning in March 2016. We would like to elect several new Board members to help strengthen, grow, guide and support the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in achieving our mission.Read More
Southern SAWG, with funding support from the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC) and with the able assistance of Community Farm Alliance, recently completed an evaluation of the long term economic impact of the Growing Farm Profits trainings that Southern SAWG has sponsored over the past several years. These trainings are specifically designed to help diversified vegetable farmers understand the many variables effecting their profitability and ways they can manage for profitability in their everyday farming activities and decision-making.Read More
Southern SAWG has been inspiring and empowering farmers, individuals and communities to create more sustainable food and farming systems for nearly 25 years. Since 1991 we have assisted over 10,000 farmers in the South, yet our work goes far beyond the farm gate. Did you know that Southern SAWG also trains farm service providers, strengthens regional food systems, and builds and supports collaborative networks? We also give Southerners a voice in policy decisions that shape public food and agriculture programs. Here are a few of our accomplishments from the past year.Read More
Infrastructure and logistics are two of the hottest areas of focus for the sustainable agriculture community today. After years of improving production methods on the farm and increasing consumer awareness for sustainably produced food, now our challenge is to fill in the steps from farm to plate with systems that can move large quantities of good food while still holding onto the values of sustainability and justice. This is what food hubs are trying to do.
If you are an agricultural or business professional, a farmer or a community member who is exploring the development of a food hub, our Food Hub Starter Kit contains a short, annotated list of resources that will be useful for you. View or download a copy here.
Resources for the starter kit were gathered from food hub projects around the country, as well as the National Good Food Network and the USDA. Because food hubs can be very complicated and are not to be undertaken lightly, the list leans toward resources that give guidance on feasibility studies and business planning.
Southern SAWG facilitated a food hub learning network for the past two years. In this SARE-PDP funded project, 50 agricultural professionals and farmers from around the region shared information on successful strategies for food hub development through workshops, webinars and phone calls. Presentations and webinars from this project are available on the resources page of the Southern SAWG website.