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More Pre-conference Courses This Year

In addition to the four popular Short Courses on organic vegetable, high tunnel and livestock production that we will be offering again this year, we have one new Short Course and three new Mini Courses for those looking for an accelerated path to expertise.

New 1.5 Day Short Course

  • Choosing Your Markets, for those trying to decide which markets are a good fit.

To learn more about this and the other Short Courses, click here.

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New 1/2 Day Mini Courses

  • Tracking Finances, learn how to set up and keep up with a financial record system for your farm.
  • Beekeeping, in-depth course for those who want to raise bees commercially and/or use bees as pollinators.
  • Vermiculture, Will Allen will teach a hands-on course using worms to make compost.
To learn more about these mini courses, click here.
Five Exciting Field Trips

For those who learn best by getting out in the field, we offer five outstanding field trips this year. Our ½ day pre-conference field trips are geared toward organic and sustainable production and marketing of horticultural crops and livestock and farm to school initiatives.

  • Arkansas Natural Produce, focus is on marketing and high tunnel production.

  • North Pulaski Farm, covering production in a tunnel system and transitioning from the IT industry to organic farming.
  • Heifer Ranch Vegetable CSA, an agricultural and educational facility that also supplies produce to the ranch cafeteria.
  • Fly'n"T" Cattle Company, rotational grazing and innovative pasture management.

  • School Gardens, field trip participants will visit two diverse models of educational gardens.

Click here to learn more about these outstanding field trips.

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Registration and Fee Waivers

The Southern SAWG Conference is always a great bargain, given the quality of the information to be gained and the networking opportunities that come with such a large turnout of the South’s most innovative and successful producers, organizers and advocates in sustainable agriculture. Your farming operation or local foods organization can’t afford to miss this event.

For a listing of fees and a printable registration form, or to use our safe and secure online registration system, click here.

We will provide a limited number of fee waivers to qualified applicants. To learn more about fee waivers and how to apply, click here.

Call for Posters!

If your research or program provides practical information relevant to organic and sustainable family farmers and/or to those working to build local food systems, you are invited to display a poster about your work at the 2012 Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms conference.

Those interested in displaying a poster or posters must first submit a brief abstract for each poster. Abstracts are due December 1, 2011. Members of the Southern SAWG Scientific Committee will review all submitted abstracts and make decisions regarding acceptance. Click here to learn more and download the full details.

Save Those Seeds

We will provide space on Thursday night for those who wish to swap seeds. Bring photos and samples if you can, too.

Exhibitors Invited

If you have products, services or programs you'd like conference participants to learn about, click here. You can reach a lot of people through our conference. We're expecting over 1,200 registrants!

Be a 2012 Conference Sponsor

Your presence as a sponsor will help hundreds of farmers, community food advocates, educators and researchers across the South, and with the visibility this event affords, it will distinguish you as a supporter of the sustainable agriculture movement. Click here to learn more.

Show your support. Even if you can't afford a conference sponsorship, perhaps you can pay the registration fee for a farmer you know.

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