Farming, like most occupations, can’t happen in a social vacuum. Perhaps more so than other occupations, being a successful farmer requires a large number and variety of supporting relationships among people with expertise in a wide array of specialties. Successful farming also requires the emotional and psychological support of family, friends, neighbors and an appreciative nation. Unfortunately, mental health among experienced farmers and traditional farming communities is succumbing to economic stressors and the effects of loss and isolation.Read More
Dear Friends and Supporters of Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, I’m thrilled to be joining SSAWG as the new Executive Director and thankful for the opportunity to work with outstanding leaders and contributors in the essential work of supporting and promoting sustainable agriculture in the South. It is my honor to become part of this long-standing backbone organization. I want to thank the Search Committee for a thoroughly gratifying application and interview process, one that in my view was mutually empowering. From this foundation I look forward to deepening bonds with the Board, staff, volunteers, conference attendees, financial sponsors, program partners and ally organizations across the South and beyond.Read More
The SSAWG Policy Collaborate Network (PCAN) issued a survey at the annual conference in January. From the survey, we learned a great deal about how farmers in the Southern states view and approach policy areas key to their enterprises. This information helps us better align our work with the priorities of the farmers in the South.Read More
It isn’t even summer yet, but program planning is already underway for the 2020 Southern SAWG conference that will take place on January 22–25 in Little Rock. Ideas are gathered year round, but June–August is when we actually develop the next year’s program.Read More
The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (Southern SAWG) is seeking to hire an entrepreneurial, visionary leader and fundraiser to serve as Executive Director. The Executive Director will be responsible for leading the organization in its work of empowering and inspiring farmers, individuals, and communities throughout the South to create a sustainable agriculture and food system.Read More
Michael Calebs begins feeling nostalgic standing in the airy barn on his rolling, 400-acre farm. He recalls the hard labor of his youth: climbing up to horizontal beams to hang floppy tobacco leaves to air cure so the leaves could develop a sweet taste.
Calebs places a small amount of Kodiak snuff between his cheek and gum on a recent afternoon while walking about the barn in dirty work boots over blue dress pants and an argyle sweater, having just come from his day job as an engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.Read More
Thank you to all who participated in this event, led sessions, hosted field trips, facilitated sessions, provided scholarship funds, donated door prizes, displayed posters, and exhibited in the trade show. Thank you, also, to those who coordinated these activities!
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The Southern SAWG team has created some fun ways for you to engage your social media followers with all of the activities at the Southern SAWG Conference in Little Rock!. Check out this link: https://www.ssawg.org/social-media-stormRead More
Gabriel Whitlock loves to cycle, and is passionate about food justice. He has embarked on a bike ride from Asheville, NC to the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s annual conference in Little Rock, AR, in support of hunger awareness, sustainable agriculture, and one farm in Western NC that grows all of its food for charity.Read More