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Pre-conference Field Trips and Mini Courses Have a Few More Spaces Available

Our pre-conference activities on Wednesday and Thursday are superb learning that opportunities we offer in addition to the regular conference on Friday and Saturday. Be sure to take full advantage of this great educational event by signing up for some of the pre-conference activities too. We offer 1½ day Intensive Short Courses, as well as ½ day Mini courses and ½ day Field Trips.

Mini Courses
Our ½ day pre-conference mini courses provide in-depth information on specific topics in greater depth than is possible in our regular conference sessions. Note that one mini course has already sold out!

#1 Tracking Finances For Increased Farm Profitability with instructors Chris Blanchard, Rock Spring Farm and Flying Rutabaga Works Consulting (IA), and Paul Dietmann, Wisconsin Farm Center (WI).

#2 The A’s Bees and C’s of Beekeeping with instructor Kent Williams, Williams Farms & Apiaries (KY).

#3 Organic Vermiculture and Compost Teas (SOLD OUT!) with instructor Will Allen, Growing Power (WI).

To learn more about these valuable mini courses, click here.

Field Trips
Our ½ day pre-conference field trips are geared toward organic and sustainable production and marketing of horticultural crops and livestock and community food initiatives. Note that one field trip has already sold out!

#1 Arkansas Natural Produce (SOLD OUT) Hosts are Jay and Deanna Fulbright.

#2 North Pulaski Farm with host Kelly Carney.

#3 Heifer Vegetable CSA with host Ryan Neal.

#4 Fly’n “T” Cattle Company with host Matt Flynt.

#5 School Gardens with hosts Damian Thompson and Chris Hiryak.

Click here to learn more about these outstanding field trips.

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The Vermiculture Mini Course to be led by Will Allen has sold out already, but you have another opportunity to learn from this important leader in the good food movement. Register for the regular conference and you will be able to catch his session "Our Story: Growing Food, Growing Community, Growing Power" on Friday afternoon!

Some of our field trip presenters have recently been in the news. Read more about them below.

In November, the Arkansas Farm Bureau recognized Matt Flynt, Kelly Felton and their daughters Caroline and Kendall as the county’s Farm Family of the Year.

And in The Forage Leader, published by American Forage and Grassland Council, Matt Flynt is in the Producer Spotlight.

About You magazine wrote a feature back in August on Damian Thompson and his work at the Dunbar Community Garden. At the end of the article, Create: Cooking Mother Nature’s Bounty, he shares his garden wok vegetable recipe.

We Want Your STUFF for the Silent Auction!

New (or nearly new) farm related item such as tools, implements, bulbs, fertilizers, pest controls, nonperishable foods, handcrafted goodies, labor or services, B&B weekends or even gift certificates are being sought for our silent auction. Got something to donate? We want it! Our silent auction helps us raise funds to support Southern SAWG’s important year round work. Your donations are much appreciated. But please be kind to our coordinators and let us know right away if you will be making a donation. Click here for a copy of the form.

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Make Lodging Reservations by Jan 7 for the Best Rates

The Peabody Little Rock hotel is our lodging headquarters. Our group rate is just $89.00 per room, plus taxes. If The Peabody fills up, we also have discount lodging available one block over at the Doubletree Hotel. Click here for complete lodging details.

To be guaranteed our discount rate, you should state that you are with the Southern SAWG Conference group and book your lodging by January 7, 2012. Prices may increase after this date.

Keep up with Southern SAWG through our social media outlets. We are on Facebook and Twitter, connecting with our friends and supporters. Use the hash tag — #SSAWG — to show your support at the conference!

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