Midnight is Pre-registration Deadline
Or Register on Location in Little Rock
the Weekend of the Event

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Pre-registration Open Through Jan. 11

This is the last day to pre-register for the conference. After that, registration will be on location in Little Rock. Get your pre-registration postmarked Friday, January 11th or register online by midnight. Do feel free to come and register in Little Rock if you miss the pre-registration deadline.

Lodging Deadline

This is the last day to get our Southern SAWG group rate. To ensure our excellent lodging rate of $89.00 per room, plus taxes, you need to book your lodging by midnight on January 11, 2013. Click here for details. Prices increase sharply after this date.

The Peabody is sold out of lodging rooms on the nights of January 24 & 25, 2013. BUT, there are still some rooms available at our overflow hotel, the Doubletree Hotel -- just one block away.

Short Courses

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

If you are looking to start or expand a farming venture, our Short Courses are designed to give you the knowledge you need to be successful. These intensive courses combine 1½ days of instruction with extensive take-home materials. Our down-to-earth instructors use their great teaching skills, as well as their years of experience and success farming, to provide comprehensive information. This is a high-value learning experience. Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as space is limited.

The four Short Courses we are offering this year are those in greatest demand: 

Short Course #1
Start-Up Organic Vegetable Production and Marketing
Instructors: Cathy Jones, Perry-winkle Farm (NC) and Daniel Parson, Parson Produce (SC). 

Short Course #2
High Tunnel Production and Marketing
Instructors: Alison and Paul Wiediger, Au Naturel Farm (KY).

Short Course #3
Controlled Grazing Management: Theory and Application on Livestock Farms
Instructors: Ann Wells, Springpond Holistic Health and Ozark Pasture Beef, LLC (AR) and Ron Morrow, Ozark Pasture Beef, LLC (AR).

Short Course #4
Growing Farm Profits
Instructors: Ellen Polishuk, Potomac Vegetable Farm (VA) and Gary Bullen, North Carolina State University (NC).

Click here to learn more about these Short Courses.

The Good Food Movement as Community Development

Saturday Night Keynote Address
by Dr. Sherece West-Scantlebury, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

In this address, Dr. West-Scantlebury will draw on her nearly 20 years of experience in public service, community development, and public policy advocacy to inspire us to continue building the good food movement.

Changing Food,
Changing Society

Saturday Morning Plenary
by Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

Does the "good food movement" have the power to be the "good food revolution"? Malik Yakini, will make the connections between our work with food and the larger movement for freedom, justice and equality.

Sessions for
Local Foods

We're offering more educational sessions than ever at the conference this year -- a total of 62, plus 26 networking sessions.

These sessions will cover a wide variety of production and marketing topics. But don't forget that we also provide great programing for those working off the farm to improve their local food systems.

This year's line-up includes a pre-conference mini course titled:

• Regional Food Hubs: Moving from Ideas to Action

And conference sessions such as:

• Food and Agriculture Policy 101

• Reclaiming our Food: The Value of Community Engagement

• Organizing for Policy Change

• Regional Food Hubs: What Are They Achieving and How Are They Doing It?

• Looking Back to Move Forward: Lessons from an Elder in Our Movement

Click here to see the rest of our conference program!

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