Over 1,200 enthusiastic farmers, market managers, researchers, service providers, and community food activists from all over the country flocked to Lexington, Kentucky for Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's 26th annual conference!
Here are some of the highlights of the 2017 conference,
and a chance to win a FREE 2018 conference registration:
Inspiring Keynote Addresses

This year we had, not one but two, keynote speakers! The eye-opening keynote from Ricardo Salvador, Union of Concerned Scientists, inspired us with a call to action to work together to change our broken food system. Salvador said, "six of ten leading causes of premature death relate to diet and food." He gave examples how our tax dollars support unhealthy foods, then, gave examples of how it's possible for tax dollars to support healthy food. One model he highlighted was with the city of Los Angeles changing the food that they purchase for schools to reduce childhood obesity--and making a difference in two years! We can do better and the farmers growing good food for their local communities are helping!

Our closing keynote was given by K. Rashid Nuri, who is growing food, people and communities in underserved communities in downtown Atlanta. He didn't mince words. He said, "Whoever controls your food controls you!" He gave us a quick lesson on the importance of "justice" as compared to "equality" or "equity" that we'll not soon forget. (See photo below.) There are a lot of good farmers in the good food community. Let's keep fighting for justice. And as Rashid Nuri says, "Peace be unto y'all."

Comments from 2017 Attendees

We want your feedback on the 2017 conference. What were your favorite sessions? What topics do you want to see at future conferences? We have set up an online survey, as a quick and easy way for you to give us your feedback. Once you complete the conference evaluation form, be sure to fill in your name to be entered into a drawing for ONE FREE 2018 Conference Registration. 

Only one entry per participant. Prize is non-transferrable. The deadline for entry into the free registration is midnight on February 28th. The winner will be notified via email.

Many Thanks to Our 2017 Conference Sponsors

Thank you to the organizations and
institutions that provided scholarships for
farmers to attend this conference, including:

Alabama A&M University
Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN) 
Auburn University
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)
Fort Valley State University 
Kentucky State University
Louisiana State University
National Center for Appropriate Technology/ University of Arkansas
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) 
Tennessee State University

A special thank you to the USDA's Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (Southern SARE) for providing conference scholarship funds to all of the South's land-grant institutions!
A Big Thanks to All!

Thank you to all who participated in this event, led sessions, hosted field trips, facilitated sessions, provided scholarship funds, contributed food, donated door prizes, displayed posters, and exhibited. Thank you, also, to those who coordinated these activities!
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