Heidi Strawn
February 18, 2009

Family Farms ConferenceSixty-two educational sessions will be offered at the 17th Annual Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference set for January 16-19 at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in Louisville, Ky.

Attendance High in 2007
Over 1,200 people attended the 2007 event, which is sponsored by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group — commonly known as “Southern SAWG.”

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The nonprofit group serves the 13 Southern states of:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia

Southern SAWG offers programs and activities to help family farms and those working to improve community food systems in the Southern region of the United States.

Sustainable Agriculture Topics Covered
At the conference, sustainable agriculture topics are the focus and include:

  • direct marketing through CSAs
  • farmers’ markets
  • vegetable and flower production
  • eggs, goat, rabbit and beef production
  • business practices
  • federal farm policies and farm programs
  • community food systems and more

Eight sessions will fun concurrently throughout the two-day conference. 

In addition, 13 state networking sessions are offered or you may choose to participate in one of several other new networking sessions when you can get together with those from your state to discuss issues happening in your state or get together with people from around the region to discuss other issues of importance to you, such as marketing, livestock production, organic production, community food systems, policy, etc.

Brochure and Info
— View a brochure at http://www.ssawg.org/documents/SSAWG-08-Conf-Brochure.pdf 
— Registration information http://www.ssawg.org/conference-reg.html or email jeanmills@aol.com
— Find additional contact information at http://www.ssawg.org/conference-contact.html

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