January 2012 Conference

About the 2012 Conference

Many, many thanks to everyone involved in Southern SAWG’s 21st annual conference. Our supporters, vendors, staff, donors, board, and YOU, really made it happen!

We had a banner attendance this year with 1,250 attendees—a new record for the conference.  And this event generated the most social media buzz we’ve ever experienced.  Below are just a few of the publicity links and blogs generated for 2012.

We are pleased to offer an audio link to USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan's address at Southern SAWG conference. And some of our presenters are sharing their presentations on SlideShare. See the links below.

Financial support from a number of organizations and agencies helps us keep registration costs down. Please thank conference sponsors for supporting this event.

Next year’s conference will be January 23-26, 2013, at The Little Rock Peabody. Watch for the new program. It will be available on-line in October. If you need other information about the conference, please click here.



The Arkansas Times — coverage of the conference by Jennifer Joyner.

Hobby Farms magazine contributors John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist share “Four Ways to Harvest Ideas at Farming Conferences” and recommend Southern SAWG’s Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference as a key conference to attend.



Here are a couple great blog entries about the NOFFN group’s trek to the conference and the school field trip, shared by Nicola Krebill, City Farms Projects Coordinator of New Orleans Food & Farm Network.

Trip to Conference

School Farm Field Trip

The attendees from Yokna (patawpha) Bottoms Farm were inspired by all the success stories of producers with similar operations to their own.

Here’re a couple posts about the conference from the eyes of a food policy advocate at San Antonio Food Policy Initiative.

Virtual Farm Tour Natural Farm Systems in the South

Policy Sessions


We had 17 abstracts from 12 fine institutions in the South. Follow the links to view the Abstracts, representing cutting-edge research of special interest to organic and sustainable family farmers in the South. Click here to view the 2012 abstracts

Slide Shows:

The slide show of 2012 conference participants shown during the Saturday dinner is now posted on Southern SAWG's YouTube channel.

Managing Your High Tunnel for Maximum Production by Paul and Alison Wiediger.

Planning the Planting of Cover Crops and Cash Crops by Daniel Parson, Parson Produce.

Weed Management by Mark Schonbeck. Effective weed management without herbicides for organic and sustainable vegetable and field crop production.

Growing Recruits for Urban Business by Debbie Cline, South Plains Food Bank Grub Youth Program.

Returns on Renewable Energy Investments by Mike Morris, National Center for Appropriate Technology.

Getting Started with Animals on Pasture by Steve Muntz. Considerations for those interested in raising livestock on pasture.

Start-up Organic Vegetable Production by Cathy Jones, Perry-winkle Farm and Daniel Parson, Parson Produce.

Food Hubs: Moving Higher Volumes of Good Food Moving Higher Volumes of Good Food to Local Markets to Local Markets by Appalachian Sustainable Development.

Information Exchange Notes: Online Markets by Eric Wagoner. An outline of the discussion of online farmers markets at the 2012 SSAWG conference.