Southern SAWG Accomplishments | PCAN Call | Gear Up for Farm to School!
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group  |   Sept 2016

Organic Farming Research Foundation
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) in partnership with the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University invite the submission of research abstracts for presentation at the 2017 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS), taking place on January 25-26, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky, immediately preceding the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference (SAWG). 

The deadline for OFRF submissions is October 1, 2016. For more information about the symposium, click here

And since you will be in the area, why don't you stay a couple more days and join us at the Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference? Full conference program will be available on SSAWG's site by October 15th.
PCANCall for Agenda Topics

Our next Policy Collaborative Action Network call is fast approaching. Now is the time to suggest topics or issues for the group to consider for discussion. Tell us about your policy successes or your struggles. What good food or farm issues are starting to gain some traction in your community or state? Let us know. Bring your issues to the table and share them with other food and farm policy nuts in the region. 

Suggest some topics and join the call! Email to be added to the group.
Start Planning for Farm to School Month

Farm to School
National Farm to School Month kicks off in October, and now is the time to start planning celebrations for your school and community! 

This year's theme, One Small Step, will highlight the simple ways anyone get informed, get involved and take action to advance farm to school in their own communities and across the country. Starting in mid-September, sign the One Small Step Pledge and you'll be entered to win support for a farm to school project at the school of your choice! 
Ready to plan your Farm to School Month celebrations? Visit the National Farm to School Network for several resources to get you started.
Meet New Board Member:

Kavita Koppa 
Kavita Koppa manages RAFI's Farmer Leadership Network, an initiative that helps farmers effectively serve on committees for agricultural decision-making groups. She also manages reporting and technical assistance with rural cooperative development clients in North Carolina. In 2014, she oversaw RAFI's initiatives related to North Carolina's farmer-veterans and conducted research to better address their specific barriers to success. Prior to joining RAFI in 2013, she managed a beginning farmer program in South Carolina. Kavita is a proud native of South Carolina and is passionate about working with historically underserved farmers in the region. She holds a BA in Geography and Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Calling All Extension Agents!
Do you help diversified vegetable producers? Let us help you! As part of our continuing Growing Farm Profits work, Southern SAWG is offering two webinars this fall specifically geared towards extension agents and other farm service providers who work with vegetable growers. The first webinar is "Depreciation and Farm Profitability Management" and will be held on September 29th from 3:30-4:30 PM Eastern time. The second webinar is "Preparing Farmers to Meet with Lenders" and will be held on October 20, 2016 from 3:30-4:30 Eastern time. These webinars are supported by a generous grant from the Southern SARE PDP program and are available at no charge. For information about how to register just email us at
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