You Never Forget Your First Time

You never forget your first time attending a Southern SAWG conference.

Susan Pavlin, Global Growers Network (GA)

Photo by Sara Camp Arnold

Photo by Sara Camp Arnold

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.