I recently attended the 23rd annual SSAWG conference held in Mobile, AL. This conference is a great networking and educational tool for beginning and seasoned farmers. Topics range from starting a small farm, understanding farm policies, how to maximize yields and profits, creating farm to school programs, high tunnel production, cattle management, insect identification and control, and understanding the biodynamics of a farm system. The University of TN was well represented and many colleges and universities were very interested in our internship program, and how we help to grow young farmers while feeding the Knoxville community.
At the end of every conference, a dinner is held to acknowledge the accomplishments of the sustainable movement and areas of improvement.
I am already looking forward to next year’s conference which will again be held in Mobile, AL. Hope to see you there!