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November 2015


December 2015

December 1-2, 2015 - Farm Food Safety Training
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (both days)

Rabun County Extension Office
184 S. Main Street, Clayton, GA 30525

This two-day workshop covers essentials of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and new policies from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This training is essential to any farmer producing or looking to produce for restaurants, retail/wholesale, and/or institutional markets. The training is facilitated by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association adn the Wallace Center/Winrock International, sponsored by the Food Hub of Northeast Georgia adn UGA Cooperative Extension. Training is FREE and includes lunch and snacks, but seating is limited. Register through one of the contacts listed below. See you there!

Registration is FREE but required.
Contact: TJ Smith or Amber Arrington UGA Extension

Food Safety GFandV
Photo credit: Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Food Hub


Dec. 10, 2015 - Proper Stockmanship School **Register by Dec. 4th**
Athens, GA

Proper handling of livestock is essential to success in the beef cattle industry.  The term “Stockmanship” is often used, but what exactly does it mean?  Many have heard of Bud Williams, the “Bud Box”, and his low-stress method of working cattle.  Please join us as we welcome Richard McConnell and Tina and Eunice Williams of Hand ‘n Hand Livestock Solutions for a full day focused on good stockmanship.  This school will be a classroom style format utilizing lectures, discussion, and videos.  For more information on the program, to register, and a printable flyer, please see the links below.

The deadline for registration is December 4th.
- Detailed Flyer

UGA Livestock Instructional Arena
2600 South Milledge Ave.
Athens, GA 30605

Cost: $25.00 - General Registration; Refreshments and a meal will be provided.
($10 for students)

- Online Registration
- Printable Registration

Hand 'n Hand Livestock Solutions website.

December 11-12, 2015 - Allan Savory on 'Why Sustainability Isn't Enough'
Bluffton, GA

White Oak Pastures, Andrew College and the Savory Institute invites you to come down on December 11-12 for this 2 day event featuring the internationally renowned Father of Holistic Range & Pasture Management, Allan Savory. Allan just turned 80, and this is a rare opportunity to have him speak in the Deep South.

Allan Savory Ted TalkAllan Savory will speak on Regenerative Agriculture, using livestock to rebuild healthy soils and ecosystems, that maximizes profitability and quality of life, while simultaneously building up the soil. Don't miss this opportunity!

Join us at Andrew College on Friday, and on White Oak Pastures on Saturday, to better understand Why Sustainability Isn't Enough.

December 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm at Andrew College (501 College St, Cuthbert, GA 39840)
December 12, 2015 - 1:00 pm at White Oak Pastures ( Bluffton, GA)

See Allan's TED Talk.

Tickets can be purchased here:

January 2016

January 7-10, 2016 - SE Fruit and Vegetable Conference
Savannah, GA

The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is the LARGEST educational conference and trade show in the southeastern United States that unites growers, vendors and suppliers. Anyone with an interest in specialty crop agriculture is invited to be a part of this event. Through more than 80 hours of educational sessions, we will address food safety concerns, specific commodity issues on production practices and increased yields, and marketing strategies. Participate in our growing and dynamic TRADE SHOW, where you’ll browse through more than 85,000 square feet of space filled with key suppliers and growers.

There has never been a more vital time for the fruit and vegetable industry to come together for a brighter and more profitable future!

SE Fruit and Vegetable Conference website.


January 27-30, 2016 Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG)
Lexington, Kentucky

SAWG 2016 ConferenceFor 25 years, the Southern SAWG annual conference has been providing the practical tools and solutions you need at our annual conference. It is the must-attend event for those serious about sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems! This popular event draws over 1,000 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation. We offer outstanding “field-tested” presenters, a full slate of hot-topic conference sessions and pre-conference courses, several field trips, a poster display and a trade show.

Start planning now to join us in Lexington, Kentucky January 27-30, 2016 to learn, network and celebrate with us!

Southern SAWG Conference website.


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