Judith Winfrey, Love is Love Farm, Slow Food Atlanta (GA)
My first time at SSAWG was so invigorating. Joe and I had been hearing for years from all of our grower friends about how SSAWG was the best conference, the one where you really learn valuable, applicable information. We had just started farming our own operation and had so many big ideas about how we were going to do it all. It was wonderful to hear from experienced farmers from around the Southeast, who were so kind and patient with us. Not a one laughed. We have come to see the SSAWG community as an invaluable nurturing network where we get to catch up with friends and farmer heroes (Mark Schonbeck, Jean Mills, Alex Hitt, Ellen Polishuk among others) and look forward to the annual conference as a required touchstone, reminding us each year where we've come from, where we are and where we want to go.