Taking Advantage of Unprecedented Opportunities in Tough Economic Times

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group will host two meetings to engage organizational leaders in solutions to tough economic times. Sustainable agriculture and community food systems leaders are facing unprecedented opportunities to move our agendas forward in the face of tough economic times.  Just when organizations should be ramping up their activities, many are scaling back due to decreased funding. Southern SAWG will host two meetings for organizational leaders to address these issues on January 20-21, 2010 in Chattanooga, TN, immediately prior to the Southern SAWG Annual Conference. A 1½ day meeting will bring USDA managers of grant programs together with organizational leaders from the South to learn about the goals of USDA programs that are appropriate for their work and about bigger issues and processes that guide federal funding to NGOs. This will be followed by a ½ day networking meeting for organizational leaders to share strategies for surviving in tough economic times, and explore ways of working together to move our agendas forward.  Attendees should be prepared to discuss opportunities for networking and collaboration, and investigate ways to share resources and share tactics for achieving our collective goals. Attendance at these meetings is free, but pre-registration is required.  (The 1½ day USDA/NGO meeting is limited to one person from each organization.)  A limited number of travel stipends are available. For more information or a registration form, contact Julia Sampson, jsampson@ssawg.org

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