January 2014 Conference



"Southern SAWG does outstanding work. You have one of the finest conferences of its kind, and I appreciate the diversity it draws. I've been to a lot of other conferences, so I don't say that lightly." 
— Will Allen, founder of Growing Power and farmer

Thanks for Participating in Southern SAWG's 2014 Conference!

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What a great time we had at the beautiful Mobile Convention Center for our 2014 conference!  We are thrilled that we will be back in Mobile, Alabama for our next conference January 14–17, 2015!

Many, many thanks to everyone involved in Southern SAWG’s 23rd annual conference. Our supporters, vendors, staff, donors, board, and YOU, really made it happen!

1,000 enthusiastic producers, market managers, researchers, service providers and community food activists, representing 30 states and the Virgin Islands, gathered in Mobile, Alabama for an extensive program of sessions, intensive courses, field trips, trade show, poster display, seed swap and more.

Visit us on Facebook to see photos from the conference. If you have any pictures you would like to share, please contact us

The 2015 conference program will be available here on our website in October. Check back then for the full conference schedule and details.  

Starting planning and saving now to join us in Mobile. Some financial support from a few friendly organizations and agencies helps us keep registration costs down, but as a non-profit organization, we do not have an institution that covers the cost of this event. So yes, registration fees are necessary (usually under $200).  We’re sure you’ll find this conference to be an excellent investment of time and money. We’re also sure you won’t get this value anywhere else.  

If you have never been to our conference, and are wondering if the conference is for you, check out the past program or read some of our stories from first time attendees or listen to this podcast one Alabama couple created about their experience at the 2014 Southern SAWG conference.  We’ve also posted below some of the presentations our 2014 presenters have posted on slideshare.

Slide Shows and Presentations:
From the Ground Up: Grassroots Organizing for Policy Change” by Gabraelle Lane, Southern SAWG (AR); Lindsey Scalera, Michigan Voices for Good Food Policy (MI); Qiana Mickie, Just Food (NY).

Management and Utilization of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi” by David Douds, USDA-ARS Eastern Regional Research Center.

Raising Healthy Animals in Small Spaces” by Robert Spencer, Extension Specialist.

Big Yields in Small Spaces--Using Permaculture Principles to Increase Yields in Urban Gardens” by Diana Liga.

Basic Organic Soil Management” by Mark Schonbeck, Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

Getting Started in Producing and Marketing Sheep” by Chris Wilson, Clover Creek Farm.

Appalachian Sustainable Development Food Hub” by Kathlyn Terry, Executive Director Appalachian Sustainable Development.

Organic Vegetable Production and Marketing” by Cathy Jones Perry-winkle Farm Chapel Hill, NC and Daniel Parson Oxford College Farm Oxford, GA. 

Introduction to Urban Farming” by Edwin Marty, Eat South.

Farming for Beneficial Insects: Conservation of Native Pollinators, Predators, and Parasitoids” by Nancy Lee Adamson, PhD Pollinator Conservation Specialist Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation & NRCS East National Technology Support Center.

Building Soil Organically: A Discussion of Practical Applications and Why They Work” by Bo Holland Screech Owl Farm Nelson County, VA Daniel Parson Oxford College Farm Oxford, GA.