ATTRA is helping get the word out on the Eighth Annual Southern
Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Conference and
Trade Show, scheduled for next Jan. 15-17 at Jekyll Island, GA.
A news release is attached to attract early registrations (at
discount prices). Please use it in your newsletters and mailings,
and forward it to fellow sustainable ag proponents who might be
interested in attending.
A schedule of conference events and a registration form are available
on the World Wide Web at http://www.attra.org/ssawg/
Thanks for your help, I hope to see many of you on lovely Jekyll
Island next January!
David Zodrow, ATTRA
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SSAWG Conference & Trade Show Slated for January 15-17, 1999
at Jekyll Island, Georgia
Five hundred farmers and other agriculturists from the South will
gather for a winter working-holiday on beautiful Jekyll Island --
six miles off the coast of southeast Georgia -- from Jan. 15-17,
1999, at the Eighth Annual Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working
Group (SSAWG) Conference and Trade Show. Anyone interested in
learning more about sustainable farming while having fun is invited
to join them.
This year's conference will feature activities for the entire
family, from 36 workshops on sustainable production techniques,
marketing approaches, management strategies and farm policy issues
to entertaining sustainable ag activities for children. A trade
show of 50 to 75 vendors will exhibit products and services that
can help enhance the long-term viability of family farms. One of
the most popular and fun-filled events of past SSAWG conferences -
the Organic Cotton and Alternative Fiber Fashion Show and Auction -
will be held following a banquet of food and beverages produced by
Southern farmers using sustainable practices. Registration includes
a reception feast of delicious Southern fare.
Among Jekyll Island's many attractions are a national historic
landmark district of 33 Victorian structures, beach fun, four golf
courses, biking and jogging trails, shopping, seafare dining,
fishing and boating. The Clarion Resort Buccaneer hotel will
offer $45 per diem room rates for conference goers who want to
arrive early or stay after the conference to enjoy a winter
vacation on the island. Conference events will be held at the
nearby Jekyll Island Convention Center.
Special discounts for early conference registration are being
offered -- $65 per person for conference events, $40 for children's
program participants and $18 per banquet ticket.
The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group consists of 50
farm organizations representing over 7,000 individuals in 13
Southern states who endeavor to use a whole systems approach to
support family farms. SSAWG welcomes memberships from individuals
and agricultural organizations in the South. SSAWG members receive
the organization's quarterly newsletter, Southern Sustainable
Farming, which contains descriptive articles about the latest
trends and developments in sustainable agriculture in the region.
Conference contact information
To register for the conference, contact:
Jean Mills, Conference Coordinator
14430 Jackson Trace Rd
Coker, AL 35452
For hotel reservations, phone the Clarion Resort Buccaneer at
For additional conference information or publicity materials, contact
Chris Campany, Publicity Chairman, at (504) 336-9532.
To learn more about Jekyll Island attractions, call (800) 841-6586
or visiting the island's Internet website at
A schedule of SSAWG conference events and registration form are
available on the World Wide Web at http://www.attra.org/ssawg/
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