Fee Waivers


Full conference program will be online, with early-bird registration commencing on October 15th.

Email media@ssawg.org to request a brochure, available at the end of October.


2016 Conference Fee Waivers

Note to organizational and institutional leaders:

We can provide letters of support if you are applying for scholarship funds from outside funders to bring folks from your area to the conference. Just contact us with the details.

This year, there are two ways to apply for a conference fee waiver:

  1. The Wiediger-Blair 25th Anniversary Scholarships
  2. Military Veterans Scholarships

The Wiediger-Blair 25th Anniversary Scholarship

Alison and Paul Wiediger have donated funds to support 25 fee waivers each this year to celebrate Southern SAWG’s 25th anniversary and to celebrate the growth in local foods and sustainable agriculture that so many have helped bring about over the last 25 years.

Alison said, “SSAWG has given so much to us; we just want to give a little back. After all, we went the first time on scholarship, and it made a profound impact on us. Someone has to give money for that to happen.” 

This generous donation was made in honor of Alison’s father, Charlie Blair, who was very proud of Paul and Alison’s way of farming and their willingness to help others learn sustainable farming techniques. The Wiediger-Blair sponsored fee waivers will help make it possible for limited-resource farmers and soon-to-be farmers to participate in this event. Read below to learn if you qualify and how to apply. 

Qualified candidates are those who:

  • absolutely cannot afford the conference registration fee
  • are farming commercially in the South or are planning to be in the next year, AND
  • have a sincere interest in sustainable or organic agriculture.

Preference will be given to those who have never attended a Southern SAWG Conference before. 

Apply to Southern SAWG for a Wiediger/Blair conference fee waiver by:

  1. Printing the Fee Waiver application (Word) (PDF)
  2. Completing the form, and then
  3. Mailing it by December 10, 2015 to:
    Fee Waivers, Southern SAWG
    P. O. Box 1552
    Fayetteville, AR 72702

Military Veterans Scholarships

Limited scholarships are available for military veterans who would like to attend Southern SAWG's annual Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference. The University of Arkansas and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are partnering to offer the veteran scholarships, which cover general registration for the conference.

The deadline to apply for the scholarships is December 11.

The application is available online at www.ncat.org/atf. Applicants will be notified no later than December 18 about the status of their scholarship application.



Contact Teresa Maurer at feewaivers@ssawg.org, or by phone at (479) 799-7985.