The SSAWG's goals include:
o Building farmer leadership in the sustainable agiculture
o Enhancing on-farm research and demonstration projects through
more farmer participation,
o Redirecting land grant university research and technical
assistance priorities towards sustainable practices,
o Developing agricultural policy recommendations for state
and federal government,
o Asssisting development of farmer-controlled marketing
o Fostering rural economic re-development.
For more information, contact: Michael Sligh, SSAWG
Coordinator, Box 727, Mauldin, SC 29662, (803) 297-8562.
A project initiated in 1993 by the SSAWG to promote awareness
of innovative farmers in the region is the Farmer Story project.
The first publication, "Farming More Sustainably in the South:
Nine Farmers' Stories," is available at cost. Send $4.50 to
Keith Richards, 1533 S. Duncan, Fayetteville, AR 72701, (501)
521-7922. The 30 page book features farmers who grow and market
dairy products, vegetables, flowers, cotton, grains, sugar cane,
cattle and hogs, and is illustrated with black and white photos.