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Conference Attendee Biking for Change
SPREAD THE WORD AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
FOR SOUTHERN SAWG'S CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK!
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-storm
SSAWG - Executive Director Position Description
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.
SAWG's Conference Coming to Little Rock
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 increasing the collective power of the sustainable agriculture movement in 13 southern states by building knowledge, awareness, and community among farmers and their key partners.
Latest Meat Scare –Another Good Reason to Go with Local and Organic Producers
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s 28th annual conference is for committed organic and sustainable farmers, researchers, and community leaders serious about creating more vibrant community food systems.
The Adventures in Coming Home...
Did you read the latest scare about our meat supply from Consumer Reports? It cites some USDA data about banned drugs in our meat supply and calls into question (once again) the safeguards we have in place to monitor that supply. USDA has dismissed the report because the data shared was actually preliminary and not a truthful representation of the facts and claims that Consumer Reports real agenda is to get folks to reduce their meat consumption.
Rural Oklahoma Pushes Back On Big Chicken
After living out of state for many years, several years back I found myself moving back home where I grew up on a small tobacco farm in a rural agriculture based community. There my family had raised several acres of tobacco each season to help add to my parents’ ‘real job’ incomes. Working in tobacco was something many in my family did…on Mom’s side and on Dad’s. Most of the neighbors around, all grew tobacco too.
Sheep for the Small Southern Farms -- May I Help Ewe?
I prefer promoting local, organic foods, but lately I’ve been working with Emily Oakley and Mike Appel from Three Springs organic farm in Oaks, Oklahoma on a chicken house threat to their farm. We led a huge citizen outcry, joined by many organizations and the Cherokee Nation and shut it down in 3 weeks. Maybe you read the news article published in our newsletter last month.
Mission Impossible...or is it?
Sheep are an oft overlooked small farm livestock enterprise in the South where beef cattle seem to dominate the pasture landscape. A couple of weeks ago I participated in the University of Kentucky’s Sheep Profit school and the keynote speaker of the evening, Warren Beeler, noted in his presentation that sheep are really just like little beef cows.
Spring is well underway and with it comes many opportunities across the region to participate in farm field days and other excellent educational opportunities available in the sustainable world . As I strive to keep myself up to date on things being a relative newcomer to the space, I realize how fortunate the cause is to have such a vast selection of topics and venues from which to learn. On any given day, there is some type (and often multiple options each day) of a learning opportunity to add to the calendar of learning. It can be almost overwhelming unless we do something about it.
Therefore, there is a mission…should you choose to accept it…’