My first time at the Southern SAWG conference was really amazing.
So much of the time I'm out in the field, by myself or with just a few others,
working to address challenges that are new every day. The sessions were led by
folks who had years and years of first-hand experience and expertise - and who
could give practical, in-depth advice on options that might work for me. And
some of the best learning came in the informal times, over a beer or a coffee,
when I had a chance to speak with other growers about their own experiences. It
was inspiring and energizing, and greatly improved my ability to grow good
food. I work a lot with growers who have moved to the South from other
countries, who are adapting their farming skills to our local environment. It's
been great to see the changes in their own practices as they learn about
innovative tools and strategies to keep their farming organic, and as they make
connections with others across the region.