Sustainability conference to be held in Little Rock

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Organic, sustainable food producers and advocates of local food systems are gathering for a conference on the good food movement.

    The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's (Southern SAWG) conference is Jan. 23-26 at The Peabody Little Rock and Statehouse Convention Center.

    According to Southern SAWG, pre-registration numbers indicate that this could be the largest conference gathering held by Southern SAWG to date, with expectations of well over 1,200 attendees this year.

    Pre-conference events begin Wednesday and cover organic vegetable production, high tunnel production, growing farm profits, controlled grazing management, lambs, cut flowers, sustainable pest management and regional food hubs.

    The field trips feature a choice of tours of sustainable and organic operations, successful school and community gardens, and the Heifer Ranch.

    The general conference, on Friday and Saturday, offers nine tracks of sessions covering; organic and sustainable production of vegetables, cut flowers, fruit, seeds and livestock; farm finance and business management; direct marketing strategies such as online markets and community supported agriculture; successful farm stories; federal farm and food policies; and community food systems.

    For more information on this event, visit www.ssawg.org

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