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Have Things Changed in the Last 25 Years? You Bet They Have!

Let's build a timeline of all the milestones and achievements which you believe contributed to our region’s changed landscape in the local foods and sustainable agriculture arenas.

Let's build a timeline of all the milestones and achievements which you believe contributed to our region’s changed landscape in the local foods and sustainable agriculture arenas.

With Southern SAWG about to turn 25, we think this is a great time to commemorate and celebrate the growth that we all, as a community, have brought about in the sustainable agriculture and local food movements over the last 25 years. 

But we need your help. 

We need you to help identify the many accomplishments and milestones along the way, to give this celebration the scope and variety it deserves.  It is by many, many people and groups working at all levels – farm, community, state, regional and national – that we have gotten so far over the last 25 years! 

Tell us about the milestones and achievements most important to you, including your own achievements, which you believe contributed to our region’s changed landscape in the local foods and sustainable ag arenas. A farming operation, farmers market, processor, or sustainable ag organization? A food or farm program, policy or ruling? A resource such as a book, farm supply, or online service? What got us where we are today? (Hint: just think back 10, 15, 20, then 25 years to see what we didn’t have then that we have now!)

The milestone and achievements you help us identify will be included in an interactive timeline commemorating 25 years of achievements in the field that we will unveil at the conference in Lexington, then share with the public next spring. Help us capture this for all to see.

Here’s what we need from you right now:

  1. In a few words, a description of the milestone event or accomplishment you think contributed to the growth of local food and sustainable ag in our region. If relevant, include name of entity and location (such as name and location of farm). 
  2. The date (or time range) when it happened/was established so we can put it in the correct position on our timeline. 
  3. Your name (But let us know if you want your entry listed anonymously on the timeline.)
  4. A photo or two, if you have them. We’d love this!

Please send information about the things you want to celebrate to Skip Polson via email:  skippolson@nc.rr.com  

This invitation is open to all, regardless of whether or not you plan to attend SSAWG’s 25th annual conference, so please let us hear from you soon. We’ll be sharing this with the public this spring.

Thank you for sharing!