We are heading back to Lexington, Kentucky! Woo Hoo!

Pre-conference Info: Wed & Thu - Jan. 25-26
Our popular 1 day pre-conference short courses are intensive learning experiences that provide comprehensive information.

1. Start-Up Organic Vegetable Production and Marketing

2. Mixing and Matching Cattle, Sheep and Goats on Pasture
 
3. Permaculture for Commercial Vegetable Production

4. Student Farms: Maximizing Learning Opportunities on College Farms

Click here to learn more about the short courses.



Our day mini courses cover specific topics in greater depth than is possible in our regular conference sessions.  


 
The Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS) will bring together researchers, farmers, ranchers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and other beneficiaries of organic agriculture and farming systems research to learn about and advance organic farming research.

To learn more about this symposium
, click here.
Load up on the bus and check out the farming going on around Lexington, Ky. If you who learn best by getting out in the field, we offer six outstanding day field trips this year. 

1. Feeding Students: A Collegiate Ag Program Nourishing Mind and Body at Berea College

2. Permanent Culture: Creating a Commercial Permaculture Farm

3. Fertile Land: Growing Organic Vegetables and High Yield Soil

4. Veggies and Herbs: Ways to Extend Season, Control Pests, and Grow a Superior Product

5. Work Smarter: Equipment, Machines and Structures for Increasing Efficiency

6. Full Circle: Building a Food System from Field to Freezer--Livestock
 
To learn more about field trips, click here.

General Conference Info: Fri & Sat - Jan. 27-28
The general conference, running all day Friday and Saturday, offers 56 educational sessions on a broad range of topics, plus networking sessions. We have sessions for those with years of experience and for those who are new to the field. The session topics include organic and sustainable vegetable, livestock and specialty crop production; unique marketing strategies; business and finance management; beginning farming; farm to cafeteria; student farms; community food systems; federal farm programs; agriculture policy developments; and more.

We have a very exciting slate of "field-tested" presenters this year. They are successful farmers and ranchers, along with well-respected educators and local food organizers. All 90 presenters have extensive knowledge and most importantly, practical experience.

T
o see the full description of sessions on this year's program, click here.
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.

Click here to learn more about registration fees and upcoming deadlines.  
These funds will help make it possible for limited-resource farmers to participate in this event. 

To learn more about fee waivers and how to apply, click here.

Note to organizational and institutional leaders: We can provide letters of support to your potential funders if you are seeking funds for producers in your area to participate in the pre-conference and conference activities. Just contact us with the details.
Tradeshow and Advertising
If you offer products or services to those looking for sustainable farming and local food system solutions, then this is the event for you. Click here for information about our trade show and advertising opportunities.
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 2017 Southern SAWG conference. Click here to learn more.

As a sponsor you will be helping 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 critical supporter of the sustainable agriculture movement. Click here to learn more and show your support.
Lodging
The Southern SAWG group lodging rate is just $110.00 this year at the Hyatt Regency Lexington Hotel and at our overflow hotel, the Hilton Lexington Hotel. Parking and airport shuttle are free! But this excellent rate is only guaranteed before January 3, 2017 and you must state you are with the "Southern Sustainable Agriculture" group. Click here for lodging information.
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