When over a thousand high-energy farmers and community food activists scramble to participate in seventy five conference sessions with topics ranging from managing crop pests, to federal food and agriculture policy, to farm to school programs, to undoing racism in the food system, the result can be chaotic. But there was no chaos at the Southern SAWG Conference in Little Rock, only intense learning and building of camaraderie.
The event was fun even though it required lots of mental work. One participant exclaimed, “I am worn out after a day full of sessions. The speakers and the topics just pull me in! I am learning so much.”
Some folks are already looking forward to next year. “I am making plans now to be in Mobile for the 2014 conference,” said one participant as she pulled out of the parking lot for a long drive home.