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Join us in Kentucky!

This year will mark the 25th anniversary of Southern SAWG’s Annual Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference. Organic Growers School is excited to join in this January.

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) is a vibrant organization taking a regional approach to the creation of a sustainable food and farming system. 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.

The conference draws over 1,000 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation. They offer outstanding “field-tested” presenters, a full slate of hot-topic conference sessions and pre-conference courses, several field trips, a poster display and a trade show.


Pre-Conference Activities Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 and Thursday, January 28th, 2016

General Conference: Friday, January 29th, 2016 and Saturday, January 30, 2016


Lexington Convention Center, 430 West Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507

What will I learn?:

The session topics include organic and sustainable vegetable 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, beginning farming, farm to school, community food systems work, federal farm programs, agriculture policy developments and more.

Who else is going?

Hear from southern speakers who are inspiring change: Wendell Berry, Joel Salatin, and many more!

From SSAWG conference surveys

While over 90% of past attendees reported they learned something they would use immediately, even higher numbers say meeting so many folks doing so many great things around the South was a highlight.

Gillian Scruggs

Author: Gillian Scruggs

Gillian Scruggs is OGS’s first AmeriCorps Project Conserve member. As the Program and Outreach Coordinator, she supports home grower education and coordinates volunteers for the Spring Conference. She comes to OGS from the Alzar School in Idaho and Chile where she was a high school Spanish and AP US History teacher and whitewater kayak instructor. Gillian graduated from UNC Asheville in 2011 with a degree in Spanish, taught experiential science education at Mountain Trail Outdoor School, and worked as the garden assistant for two summers at Mountain Trail’s Educational Garden Center. You are most likely to run into her on the French Broad River, at a farmer’s market, or scrambling around on rocks in Hickory Nut Gorge.

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