Come the end of this month, you’ll want to be in Kentucky!
For over 25 years the Southern SAWG Annual Conference has been providing Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms at their annual conference in Kentucky. It is a must-attend event for those serious about sustainable farming and a sustainable future. Organic Growers School is excited to be a part of another historic opportunity to learn, network and celebrate.
- Pre-Conference Activities Wednesday and Thursday, January 25th and 26th
- General Conference: Friday and Saturday, January 27th and 28th
- Lexington Convention Center, 430 West Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507
The conference draws over 1,000 urban and rural farmers, advocates of local food, and policy makers from across the nation. It offers outstanding “field-tested” presenters thoughout the event, pre-conference intensives and field trips, hot-topic conference sessions, opportunities for state networking, shared-interest exchange sessions, a trade show and the Taste of Kentucky dinner.
What will I learn?
Session topics include beginning farming, organic and sustainable vegetables in fields and in high tunnels, grazing and sustainable livestock management, specialty crop production, unique marketing strategies, food hubs, scaling up, increasing profits, business and finance management, farm to cafeteria, community food systems work, federal farm programs, agriculture policy developments and more.
A Look Who’s Coming list helps you hook up with friends. You won’t want to miss nationally known keynote speakers Ricardo Salvador, Director of the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and K. Rashid Nuri, founder and CEO of The Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture – in addition to expert presenters of 56 educational sessions for beginners and the experienced alike.
The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) is a vibrant organization taking a regional approach to creating an agricultural system that is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane. Southern SAWG is committed to including growers throughout the South without bias, because “it takes the whole village” to create a food system that works for everyone. SSAWG links over 120 diverse organizations and hundreds of individuals throughout the 13 Southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Jillian is the 2016-17′ Home Grower Program and Outreach Coordinator and AmeriCorps Service Member at Organic Growers School. Jillian grew up in Los Angeles County, later moving to Tampa, Chicago, and Asheville iin pursuit of her passions. She developed a strong bond to the land early on, and remembers fondly the time spent with her naturalist father and on her grandfather’s farm. These experiences led to professional interests in zoo exhibit landscapes, organic gardening and permaculture as Jillian learned to live with the land, rather than on it.